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Resource centre - Pregnancy & Birth
and travelling – is it safe,
travel tips & airline restrictions
- it is perfectly safe for most pregnant women to travel.
To help make your travel plans more comfortable and
safe, whether you are travelling by plane, car or boat,
there are just a few things to remember
Snacking on long airplane flights or long car trips
can help you ensure that you're well nourished. It is
also a good idea to have snacks with you just in case
you get stuck in traffic or at the airport. This can
help ease common discomforts of pregnancy like morning
sickness and feeling faint, particularly related to
take stretch breaks.
Whether you're in a car or in an airplane, getting up
to move around at least every other hour is a must.
This is particularly true the further along you are
in your pregnancy. This will help prevent soreness and
stiffness as well as blood clots.
It never hurts to carry a copy of your current prenatal
record and your medical insurance card with you. While
you don't anticipate problems, it's always a possibility.
You will also want to talk to your practitioner about
any vaccinations you may need to avoid or restrictions
on your travel.
Pregnant women need a lot of fluids. Travelling makes
it very easy to become dehydrated. Be sure that you
always carry a water bottle with you. Remember that
thirst is not always a great sign of if your body needs
dress for the trip.
Be sure to dress appropriately for the trip. When flying
in an airplane or riding in a car, you don't always
control the temperature. Wearing layers will give you
more ease in staying cool or warm as you need to be
during the trip.
You will probably be asked to refrain from travel during
the last few weeks of pregnancy except in cases of emergencies.
Many airlines enforce this rule, so be sure to ask before
you book a flight.
Woman will be accepted for domestic travel up to 36
weeks of pregnancy Woman will be accepted for international
travel up to 35 weeks of pregnancy A Gynaecologist letter
must be supplied to Special Bookings on all pregnancies,
stating the pregnancy term, whether it is a high risk
pregnancy and any possible complications of pregnancy
at time of travel. This will include multiple pregnancies,
hypertensive passengers, history of premature labour
etc. If any complications occur a MEDICAL INFORMATION
SHEET must be completed by the attending physician and
faxed to the Special Bookings section for evaluation
and medical clearance.
You can travel up to 36 weeks for single pregnancies
and 32 weeks for twins, triplets etc. You will need
to carry a doctor's certificate after 28 weeks confirming
the estimated date of delivery, that there are no complications
that you are fit to fly.
After your 28th week, for single uncomplicated pregnancies,
you may travel, but your travel must be completed by
the end of your 36th week. If you are intending flying
whilst pregnant between 28-36 weeks, the Airline will
require a medical letter from your Doctor or Midwife
confirming your Estimated Date of Delivery and stating
there are no complications.
Pregnant mums can't fly after 36 weeks. Mums between
32-36 weeks will need a doctor's consent form to take
to the skies.
The following is required from pregnant passengers that
are more than 28 weeks into their term: Between 28 and
35 Weeks - A medical certificate stating that the passenger
is fit to fly, must be handed in to the 1time agent
when checking in. More than 36 weeks - Due to safety
regulations, passengers that are further than 36 weeks
into their pregnancy, may not be accepted for travel.
Pregnant guests travel on the services of MANGO without
the standard airline medical form providing they are
less than 35 weeks pregnant, and they do not have any
complications. They do however need a doctor's letter
certifying they are fit to travel (M44) once over 35