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Is it safe for a pregnant mother to fly in a non-pressurized plane?
Flying - Medical
Monday, 17 September 2007 07:57

Dear Captain Lim,

My husband and I have booked a trip to the Bahamas six months ago. Then I got pregnant and I am five months along right now.

I know it's relatively safe to fly on a commercial pressurized airplane; however, there is a 30-minute flight between Florida and the island, which I imagine, will be in a non-pressurized airplane.

Do you think it's safe for me to take this flight?

Thank you for your input!

Kathleen


Dear Kathleen,

The general rule for the carriage of expectant mother is that no medical certificate is required unless her pregnancy is between the 28th and 34th week. As such, you will be able to fly without the need for a medical certificate.

Airlines are generally more concerned about the possibility of pregnant passengers giving birth during mid-flight. However, if you had medical issues recently such as heavy bleeding, threatened miscarriage or high blood pressure, it is recommended that you consult a doctor prior to the flight.

It is true that many doctors have advised expectant mothers to avoid flying at high altitudes in non-pressurized aircraft to minimize the possibility of miscarriage resulting from insufficient oxygen reaching the foetus.

If your flight is around 5,000 to 8,000 feet for duration of 30 minutes, I believe it should not be a problem. However, please remember that I am not a doctor, and it is much better to consult expert medical advice if you are truly concerned.

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i have just found out i am pregant is it safe to fly at 14weeks?
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