Can pregnant women travel by plane?
Are you pregnant with 2, 6 or 8 months, and dreams of recharging the batteries a few hours from home. But you still wonder if this is really reasonable. The answer is yes, flying is still possible… Under certain conditions, however. And the status of a pregnant woman is not necessarily what plays the right to take flight. “Every airline has own travel policy and pregnancy, says Dr. Paganelli, a gynecologist. Better to inquire in advance. “
Until when, in what month of pregnancy, can we fly?
Again, it’s about morean appreciation of the airlines under a medical or legal law. “In fact, most of them don’t encourage women to fly during the third trimester and generally refuse to fly beyond the 36th week of pregnancy (i.e. in the last month), confirms the specialist. Some companies also invite expectant mothers to introduce themselves a medical certificate or a midwife, indicating the expected due date. This is especially true for long-haul flights: “If the flight is short, there is little risk of giving birth on the plane. On the other hand, if the flight is long, the company will want it protect yourself from the risk of childbirth or a serious illness on the plane and will have its own requirements for the certificate, “the doctor said. The company therefore reserves the right to refuse boarding.
Should we consult before flying?
Consult your obstetrician or doctor before air travel, nothing of a legal obligation. Talking to your midwife or doctor, on the other hand, can first of all reassure you as a passenger, if you are not used to this type of travel, and allow you to take stock.
Do we need to present a medical certificate at the airport?
Also, as we have seen, it is common for airlines to formulate their own boarding requirements. In this case it may be useful to keep a short medical record with your official documents, as well as your Vitale card in your bag, and to see your doctor, midwife or doctor, before departure, to answer any questions. “This consultancy can absolutely be offered by teleconsultation” remembers Dr. Paganelli.
What are the airlines asking?
Regarding access to airplanes for pregnant women, different airlines have their own policies, in good health of the passenger, which you will have to follow.
To Air France
The French airline Air France, as well as its subsidiary HOP !, do not impose themselves without restrictions weeks or a medical certificate, but you are advised to seek the advice of your doctor before traveling, without requiring a document.
At British Airways
Under British Airways terms, a pregnant woman can fly until the end of her 36th week of pregnancy, but no later than. From the 28th week of her pregnancy, a medical certificateHe is asked.
Pregnant women can travel until the 27th week of pregnancy, without having to present any medical certificate. An authorization by the attending physician is required from the 28th to the 36th week. From the 36th week, pregnant women are no longer allowed on corporate flights.
Boarding is allowed until the 36th week pregnancy … only if there are no complications and upon presentation of a certificate. In the event of a complication or twin pregnancy, this threshold is lowered to 34 weeks.
The company provides the travel authorization up to the 35th week of pregnancy and up to 32 weeks in case of multiple pregnancies.
From the 28th week of pregnancy, Ryanair asks pregnant women to do so fill in a “Fit to fly” form. with your doctor or midwife, for the right to travel. Pregnant women 36 weeks or older, however, are no longer allowed on board (32 weeks for multiple pregnancies).
Pregnant women are not allowed on flights beyond7th month of pregnancy and the company recommends that you consult your doctor before any flight.
To American Airlines
American Airlines allows pregnant women to fly up to 7 days before the arrival date expected child. For this, he must present a medical certificate signed by his gynecologist, stating that he does not present any risk to travel.
Why do we believe a pregnant woman shouldn’t fly?
Flight time, altitude, pressure … Do these data really have an effect on pregnancy? Are they at risk of giving birth to the expectant mother prematurely? This is often what we fear. However, nothing indicates this. For the gynecologist we are more in the presence of a precautionary principle observed by the airlines, that a medical reality. “British researchers from the RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of the United Kingdom) also confirmed, in a report published in January 2015, that traveling by plane is risk-free for the health of the fetus or the future mother ”, says Dr. Paganelli (source 1). The report therefore demonstrates that the Changes in atmospheric pressure would have no impact, neither on the mother nor on the child, whatever the month or the advance of pregnancy. In short, nothing proves that the plane would be more responsible for miscarriage, premature birth or water loss. ” This is the safest means of transport and the softest (more car or train) for pregnant women ”, adds the specialist.
What are the precautions to take while flying?
If traveling by plane is possible and feasible, there are still some precautions to be taken to effectively protect yourself from any inconvenience: “Nothing drastic, it is simply a matter of using common sense”, continues the gynecologist.
- Before booking your tickets, remember to do so take out insurance to cover health costs on site and repatriation costs, as a precaution. Also bring your Vitale card and your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), if you are traveling within the European Union.
- take care offasten the seat belt under the abdomennot to compress it.
- attempt walk more regularly possible during your flight, especially if it lasts several hours, and stay hydrated.
Should pregnant women wear compression stockings in flight?
Wear some compression stockings it is good advice, whether you are prone to heavy legs or not, to promote blood circulation. In this regard, the High Health Authority ruled in 2005, believing that wearing suitable stockings is sufficient to reduce the risk of venous thrombosis (source 2).
Are there any suggestions regarding the destination?
Always a matter of common sense, us however, avoid long tourist trips during pregnancy, especially in the short term. Likewise, it is better to inquire about the current conditions of the intended destination (even close) and not risk a flight to a country with closed bordersas during the Covid pandemic, even in war. “In this case it should be noted that if it is a question of escaping an armed conflict, the pregnant woman can always get back on her plane, whatever the term”, reassures Dr. Paganelli.