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Flights and pregnancy

You cannot always plan your air travels in advance, as the need to take a flight may occur for a variety of reasons. It often happens when a woman takes a flight being unaware of her delicate condition. No matter for what reason you have to fly, it is always important to know at what time the flight is safe, and at what time it is best to refuse from the travel.

Air flights may have an adverse effect in the first trimester of pregnancy. The possible effects include symptoms of toxicosis and increased the muscle tone of the uterus, which increases the possibility of fetal hypoxia.

The second trimester is believed the safest period of pregnancy, when it is possible to take air trips with a fairly low risk. At this period the health of a woman and the fetus is most stable.

Contraindication to flights is the threat of miscarriage, abnormal placenta previa or hypertonicity of the uterus. In the event of multiple pregnancy, your doctor may advise you to refuse from taking air flights.

The third trimester is the time you‘d better spend on the ground. At this time a woman is advised to give up active rest and stressful air flights. Most airlines have rules that refuse patients at week 30+ to go on board of an aircraft because of the high risk of preterm delivery.

Before taking an air trip, check with your gynecologist. We wish you good summer!

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