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Air Travel During Pregnancy

Pregnancy and plane travel can go together

Whether it's for business or pleasure, you may find yourself needing to fly during your pregnancy. While frequent airplane trips are not recommended due to the radiation levels associated with flying at high altitudes, if you are having a healthy pregnancy and are sensible about taking care of yourself during trips, there is no reason why pregnancy and plane travel should be considered mutually exclusive.

If you have a choice, the very safest time to travel by air is during the middle of your pregnancy because that is when the risk of preterm labor and miscarriage are lowest. Most airlines allow pregnant women to travel up until their last month of pregnancy, although if you are anywhere close to that you may be required to show a recent note from your doctor verifying your approximate due date. Even if not required, if you are showing, it's a good idea to get a doctor's note anyway, expressly stating his or her professional opinion that you can fly safely, in case you arrive at the airport only to have a liability-conscious airline representative question whether or not you should be allowed on the plane.

Ensuring Safe Travel during Pregnancy

Planning a flight when you're expecting requires you to consider both the safety of your pregnancy and air travel needs. If at all possible, avoid long flights, and request an aisle seat so that you can stretch and get up more easily, which will not only increase your comfort but will also help your circulation and minimize your risk of blood clots. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the flight, and wear your seatbelt under your abdomen while seated.

Insuring Plane Travel during Pregnancy

Getting insurance for your air travel during pregnancy can be tricky if you are within two months of your due date, but prior to that it should not prove too challenging. Carry your card with you when you fly, and be sure to carefully read what is and is not covered in your policy -- you wouldn't want to go into labor at tens of thousands of feet and endure the ordeal of an emergency delivery only to discover that you're now responsible for paying for the disruption of the flight and the jet fuel used to make an emergency landing.

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