Now that I am pregnant, is flying safe?
A good portion of the pregnancy, from the time you hear
your baby's heartbeat to the early part of the 3rd trimester,
is safe for travel. But for many the 2nd trimester seems
best when you are at your most energetic and free from
discomforts such as nausea and fatigue. With the tricky
1st trimester over, where miscarriage looms large in
the minds of most expecting mums, and the other set
of discomforts synonymous with the 3rd trimester still
yet to come (such as backaches, heartburn, not to mention
preterm labor), it is practical to time your trip in
the middle trimester. In the absence of medical complications,
air-travel is safe up to 36 weeks.
If your trip is in the last three months of your pregnancy
and it is unavoidable, make certain there is a proper
health practitioner or hospital in your area, carry
with you your medical documents, approval letter for
travel with your due date on it, relevant vitamins and
medications and the I-will-do-just- fine attitude to
deal with the discomforts of pregnancy that will go
with you. Long days of business meetings or sightseeing
will increase fatigue levels, but employing ways to
enhance your well-being and comfort and fitting them
into your busy schedule will serve you well.