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Mums-to-be can fly with confidence

16 February 2012 09:09

Cheapflights has published a guide to flying when pregnant

Cheapflights has published a guide to flying when pregnant

Mothers-to-be can feel confident when travelling by air that they and their baby will arrive safely, according to a guide from Cheapflights.

The firm has put together a guide showing ways that expectant mothers can minimise risk while travelling by plane, besides ensuring they are covered by comprehensive medical travel insurance .

According to American College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, pregnant women should travel only during weeks 18 to 24 of the pregnancy when it is safest for their and the foetus.

Women can soothe any anxieties they may have by travelling with at least one companion who will be there to help them if needed, Cheapflights said.

Carrying details such as your expected delivery date, doctors information and blood type also means that you will be prepared, should you need them.

Risk factors can be managed by making sure the mother takes extra care looking after herself during the flight. Dehydration can be a problem for flying mothers, according to Cheapflights. Drinking lots of caffeine-free, non-alcoholic drinks, before, during and after the flight will help to combat this.