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Pregnant women and air travel: Precautions, do's and don'ts.

BY: Deena David | Category: Women | Post Date: 2009-09-13

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Air travel is usually very comfortable for short trips. For long haul flights, air travel can be pretty difficult for normal people. The difficulties are more for pregnant women. There can also be certain health risks because of flying when one is pregnant. This is the reason why some airlines ask for a medical certificate saying that the pregnant woman has no complications and can safely fly.

Travel in general:

Travel in general is very difficult during pregnancy. This is because of many reasons. One reason is the increased size of the abdomen that makes it difficult for the woman who is pregnant to be able to fit into a small place in the seats of vehicles. In the first and the last trimester, women are generally advised to reduce the amount of travel to prevent untoward incidents that may even cause premature delivery or a miscarriage. To be precise, women who are pregnant are generally advised not to travel in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy and also after the 28th week of pregnancy.

Air travel

Air travel is not advisable in the first and the last few weeks of pregnancy. This is especially true for the last weeks of pregnancy. The travel needs to be comfortable and safe for the pregnant woman. Long flights without a break are usually avoided to prevent fatigue and also other problems.

Problems of flying during pregnancy:

Deep vein thrombosis is one of the first and most important complications of flying
for even a healthy person. For a pregnant woman the risk of getting a deep vein thrombosis is even higher. This is because of the pooling of fluids in the lower parts of the body. There are various methods of avoiding Deep vein thrombosis. One of the easiest and simplest methods is to keep moving the ankle joint up and down. Regularly moving this joint will help to pump back the fluids and prevent pooling of blood and fluids.

Another method of preventing Deep vein thrombosis is to use a elastic bandage that is worn like a stocking. This can also help to prevent the pooling of blood and other fluids in the lower extremity.

The other most common complication that can occur during flying for a long time is the occurrence of back pain. This can be prevented if the pregnant woman is comfortable in a large seat with enough leg space. The pregnant woman should also keep getting up and walk for a few minutes every half an hour. This will keep the muscles all toned up and prevent back ache. Adequate support for the back should be present to prevent back ache.

Diet during pregnancy:

The diet can be normal during the flight. The woman should be advised not to reduce intake of food. A balanced meal is best during the flight. This will keep the pregnant woman and the baby adequately nourished. Drinking adequate amount of water and avoiding beverages like tea and coffee can help the pregnant woman to cope better during the flight.

These are the common precautions to be taken when a pregnant woman needs to travel by air.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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Nice one Deena
I have a friend who is pregnant and she is traveling next week by air, I will refer your article to her.
Swati (author) 2009-09-13

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