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9 Things A Pregnant Lady Must Know Before Travelling By Flight


Pregnancy is a very beautiful phase in a woman's life but at the same time, one has to be extra careful during these days. Every move has to be taken carefully, so before travelling, a proper planning is also required. Travelling by air even cannot be overlooked, though it is thought to be the safest mode of travelling.Here are some tips to help the pregnant lady in having a healthy and comfortable flight journey.

1. Right time to travel.

If you have no complications, then you can fly up to 36 weeks of pregnancy.

2. Buckle up.

When travelling tie the lap belt under your abdomen and low on your hips while seated.

3. Drink plenty of fluids.

Low humidity in the cabin can lead to dehydration so, drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to stave off the dehydrating effects of dry cabin air.

4. Avoid acidic foods and drinks before and during flight

Entrapped gases expand at high altitude, which can make you feel discomfortable, try to avoid coffee, tea and softdrinks.

5. Prefer big flights over small flights.

Do not fly on small planes that don't have pressurized cabins because they cannot supplement the decrease in oxygen at higher altitudes.

6. Check airline policies.

Policies vary from airlines to airlines, like all airlines recommend that you consult your doctor before traveling at any point in your pregnancy on another hand few airlines ask for "permission-to-travel" letter from your healthcare provider.

7. Do not sit still for a long time.

Keep strolling up and down the aisle and do some simple stretches to avoid swelling in the feet. Sitting or standing, stretch your leg and when you're sitting, rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes.

8. The most important thing to remember.

Keep all your medical information such as doctor's reports, insurance papers, emergency contact details and medicines handy.

9. Finally, you should know when not to travel at all.

In high-risk cases, your healthcare provider may advise you to postpone your travels if you are carrying twins or multiples or have problems like diabetes or high blood pressure, placental abnormalities or vaginal bleeding.

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