When is air-travel not advisable for pregnant woman?
Firstly, all pregnant women should consult with their
doctors on their travel plans at whichever stage of
pregnancy they are at. Get the caregiver's opinion on
specific dos and don't(s) she may have. Most doctors
will not recommend travel after the 36th week of pregnancy
and if the pregnancy is a high-risk one, no-travel may
probably be advised throughout the pregnancy. Traveling
while pregnant is most conducive in the second trimester
i.e. between 18 and 24 weeks (sans the medical or obstetric
complications). Before the 18th week, the risk of miscarriage
is higher while after week 24 the risk of preterm labor
increases which makes traveling in the early and later
part of pregnancy somewhat risky.
To top that, airlines have their own restrictions which
you will have to check before making travel arrangements.
Most airlines allow travel up to the 36th week and 34th
week for international flights. Health practitioners
will discourage travel if the mother has been diagnosed
with high-risk pregnancy i.e. poorly controlled diabetes,
placental abnormalities or is at risk for preterm labor.
If there is any medical reason, your trip should be
rescheduled or canceled altogether - consult with your
doctor during the planning stage to avoid inconveniences.