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Pregnant Women Flying

Fri Aug 27, 2004 12:38 am

Dear all,

I looked for some info about the capability of pregnant women flying but found ambiguous information...

Till which week/month are pregnant women allowed to board aircrafts (are there IATA Rules or so?) or how do which airlines ristrict their transportation in which manner? Are there time limits for the flight (no interconti etc?)

What is the best advice to give to someone if she asks until which point of time she can fly without fear?

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RE: Pregnant Women Flying

Fri Aug 27, 2004 1:12 am

Mrniji: Check out this post from a few days ago:

According to the initial post, the "Guidelines by the International Air Transport Association say women should not fly in their final weeks of pregnancy." Always a good idea to put these questions to the woman's doctor, of course, as the guidelines are not very specific (final weeks = ???).

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RE: Pregnant Women Flying

Fri Aug 27, 2004 1:13 am

Women can fly during, and up to, giving birth. . .it happens all the time. However, women should try to avoid flying if at all possible. The radiation levels and pressurization changes are still being studied by medical facilities worldwide with no definative evidence of harm to the fetus one way or the other.

Best advice - During the first two trimesters, it is usually okay for pregnant women to fly, unless they are in a high-risk catagory (check with her personal physician/midwife, etc.) Now, during the third trimester, pregnant women should avoid flying at all costs, whether she is high-risk, or not. This is due to the safety and health of both the mother and her baby. Every precaution should be taken during the full length of a womens pregnancy.

-Advice is from M.D. at Swedish Medical Center - Denver.
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RE: Pregnant Women Flying

Fri Aug 27, 2004 2:30 am

Normally, pregnant women are allowed to fly up to the 7th month of pregnancy (28th week).


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RE: Pregnant Women Flying

Fri Aug 27, 2004 2:34 am

When in doubt, always check with the knowledge fount of British Airways . . . !

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