As an expectant mum, it is perfectly normal to have concerns about anything and everything – you want the little one growing in you to be safe and snug! If you’re thinking about travelling when pregnant, then it’s necessary to take every precaution possible to ensure the best for you and baby.
We answer eight of the frequently asked questions about travelling when pregnant.
1. I’m pregnant! Will cabin pressure harm my unborn little one
All commercial airlines – and even private planes – cannot exceed a certain fixed level of cabin pressure. This is reinforced by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). So yes, it is perfectly safe to go on an airplane if you’re pregnant and healthy! There are some exceptions to flying while pregnant so you should discuss a trip away with your doctor before booking.
Flying means higher altitudes so your heart will be working extra hard to ensure you and baby continue getting a steady flow of oxygen. Expectant mummies with anaemia should certainly have a chat with a doctor before taking to the skies, just to be on the safe side.
2. Will walking through metal detectors in airports while I’m pregnant harm baby?
3. Will radiation on an airplane hurt my unborn baby?
Doesn’t the word “radiation” seem to come attached with danger signs all over it? The radiation found on planes, like air cabin pressure, is adjusted and controlled. Airlines would never allow pregnant women on board if they found it put them and their babies at risk.