Travel tips for pregnant women

09 August 2011 10:33

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has advised women not to board a plane if they are over 37 weeks pregnant

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has advised women not to board a plane if they are over 37 weeks pregnant

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has advised women not to board a plane if they are over 37 weeks pregnant.

It is also not safe for women who are expecting twins to take a flight anytime after 34 weeks of their term.

The latest advice follows a survey by Netmums and the London Ultrasound Centre which found that mothers-to-be want more consistent advice on the cut-off date for travelling by air during pregnancy.

Siobhan Freegard, the founder of Netmums, said: "Mums want clear information about when it's safe to fly. While every pregnancy is different, standard airline guidelines would relieve some of the stress and time spent planning a holiday, making that all-important relaxing holiday that little bit easier to come by."

Expectant mothers planning to treat themselves to luxury holidays and other trips before their due date should also make sure that they have taken out a comprehensive medical travel insurance policy.

The RCOG said that women in a high risk group should go to a doctor if they cannot avoid boarding a plane.

It is safe to fly in the first (weeks one to 12) and second (weeks 13 - 27) trimesters of a normal pregnancy.

However, those in their first trimester may find heightened morning sickness if they board a plane.

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