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Pregnant women should be 'assessed' before flight

26 January 2009 11:00

Pregnant women should be 'assessed' before flight

Pregnant women should be assessed individually rather than having a one size fits all rule for airline travel, a leading midwife has said.

The Royal College of Midwives has advised that pregnant women should consult their GP prior to flying because of the chance of complications or the risk of going into labour during a flight.

Janet Fyle, a spokeswoman for the Royal College of Midwives, said that a case by case assessment was a more sensible approach to pregnancy and flight.

"You cannot just say that a pregnant woman can travel until whatever time, you have to look at the possibilities and, although pregnancy is not an illness, you never know what can happen to a pregnant woman once you take off," she said.

Travel insurance experts warn that pregnancy is a 'pre-existing condition' and that insurance does not normally cover maternity care.

At present women can fly up to 38 weeks of pregnancy with strict rules after 36 weeks.