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Resource centre - Pregnancy & Birth

pregnancy and travelling – is it safe,
travel tips & airline restrictions

Good news! - 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

take snacks.
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 blood sugar.

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.

be prepared.
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.

stay hydrated.
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 fluids.

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.

airline restrictions:

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.

virgin atlantic
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.

kulula air
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.

mango air
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 weeks.