A pregnant belly does not have to mean the end of flying abroad for any purpose. If you are pregnant, consult your doctor about the fact that you are planning to travel by plane. The flight will probably be approved if you are not in the first stages of pregnancy and vice versa in the high stage of pregnancy, when a woman is at risk of premature birth.
Every future mother should avoid traveling to destinations where it is necessary to get vaccinated in advance.
In general, flying is safe for pregnant women, it does not endanger the mother or the fetus, however, it can contribute to conditions that can seriously endanger pregnancy. The risks are mainly due to large pressure differences. In early pregnancy, bleeding may occur; in the higher stages of pregnancy, there is a risk of premature amniotic fluid drainage. The length of the flight can also fundamentally affect the health of the expectant mother, the risk comes from a long session, when blood clots can form.
Until the 28th week of pregnancy, women can fly practically without restrictions; between the 28th and 36th week of pregnancy, you must have a medical certificate for some airlines. Most airlines refuse to transport a pregnant woman from the 36th week of pregnancy.
However, it is always better to call the airline in time to find out how many weeks of pregnancy you will be transported and if you need a medical certificate.
The basic and important instructions for traveling by plane are to follow the drinking regime. Book a seat at the aisle so that you can walk around the plane at least every half hour, and move your lower limbs while sitting, which is important for blood circulation. For better comfort, choose loose clothing. Elastic stockings are not suitable. Do not underestimate the prevention of vascular wall medication prescribed by your doctor.
Make your trip easier also by traveling accompanied by a loved one, rather choose a place to sit in the first class with all comforts. Also have contact with the emergency services and your doctor with the international prefix. Consume fresh fruit and juice instead of packaged foods.
Some airlines offer pregnant women priority check-in, at Prague Airport pregnant women can wait in the business lounge, check-in and passport formalities will be arranged by airport staff.
If you feel unwell at the airport, a medical service will be available.
You definitely don’t have to worry about metal detectors, which are not dangerous at all. X-rays are used at the airport only for baggage screening.