FAQs – travelling when pregnant

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.

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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?

We have good news for all mums-to-be concerned about this. No, it won’t! Airport screening machines produce an electromagnetic field that is at a low enough frequency to be safe for everyone, including pregnant women. The “wands” airport security personnel use to double-check for prohibited items are equally safe, so you can put your mind to rest!

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.

4. When am I considered too heavily pregnant to fly?

Most airlines consider it safe to fly if you’re 36 weeks pregnant or less, but some exceptions include women with possible preterm pregnancies, diabetes or high blood pressure. Airlines may request a medical fit-to-fly letter so have a chat with your doctor before making any solid travel plans. 
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