Flying during your pregnancy

A common concern for expectant parents is if flying during your pregnancy is safe. The good news is that with a healthy pregnancy, it's likely safe to fly. The second trimester of a pregnancy is the best time to fly for many women as by that time morning sickness has subsided and your energy levels are high. It is safe to fly, though, up to 36 weeks along in the pregnancy for short-distance flights. That number changes slightly if flying long-distance or if carrying multiple babies, but you're still safe to fly up to 28 weeks for the former and 32 weeks for the latter. However, there are a few things you should be aware of when flying while pregnant.

Pregnant woman on a plane

Things to keep in mind

Although flying during your pregnancy is safe, you'll want to keep the following in mind:

1. Walk and stretch frequently to promote circulation

The major concern for pregnant women on flights is an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), particularly when traveling long distances. DVT is a condition in which a blood clot forms in legs or other areas of the body, with increased risk during long-distance travel and during pregnancy. To keep your DVT risk low, you should do things that promote good circulation. Frequently getting up and walking in the cabin, or stretching your legs if you can’t get up, will help keep the blood circulating. Staying hydrated and wearing loose clothing also helps with this, and if you want to be extra careful, you can also try wearing compression stockings.

2. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing

In addition to contributing to good circulation, loose-fitting clothing will help keep you comfortable while flying, which can especially be a concern if flying during a pregnancy.

3. Drink plenty of fluids

Flight cabins have low humidity which can lead to dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated, which also helps keep the risk of DVT low.

4. Avoid gassy food and drinks

You should, however, avoid gassy food and drinks. Gasses expand at high altitudes, and eating or drinking gassy things can cause discomfort, especially for pregnant women.

5. Buckle up

Last but not least, you should continue to wear your safety belt. However, you may not be able to buckle it the same way when pregnant. It’s not a huge adjustment though. Simply buckle the belt under your abdomen for a safe flight.

Air ambulance for pregnant women

Air ambulance jet

Unfortunately, even when traveling with a clean bill of health and following doctor’s recommendations, complications with a pregnancy can still occur. If you find yourself experiencing an emergency while abroad, you will likely want to travel home to a hospital where you might be familiar with the staff and aren’t experiencing any language barrier. In that case, you’ll need to travel with an air ambulance. Air ambulances often come in the form of reserved space on a commercial flight. However, when dealing with complications in a pregnancy, you want the shortest lead times and best care possible. Which means, you’ll want to travel in a private air ambulance jet. An air ambulance jet is an airplane outfitted with the latest medical equipment and doesn’t require you to wait on a commercial flight’s schedule.

Air ambulance services – regardless of insurance coverage

Insurance often covers air ambulance services, though at different rates depending on the company, plan, and country of residence. Some insurance plans cover all associated costs, and others only cover what they deem necessary services. Before traveling, contact your insurance representative to find out which services your plan covers. You can also contact us at Medical Air Service and our team will help you navigate your insurance policy and help you understand which of our services are covered. We can also help you navigate the process of lodging an insurance claim and tell you the likelihood of your insurance covering the costs. However, our primary concern is ensuring you have a safe flight home. We will transport you safely, with the best possible in-flight medical care, even if you don’t have insurance or your insurance company refuses to cover the air ambulance costs.

How we calculate cost

The costs of air ambulance services depend on several factors unique to each patient and medical situation. Our team calculates costs for each medical situation on an individual basis, ensuring we meet your medical and financial needs. Some of the factors which contribute to the costs include:

  • Distance covered and route taken
  • The state of health of both the patient and the unborn baby
  • The type of air ambulance required
  • The urgency of the request
  • The number of accompanying persons

To discuss your air ambulance needs and to get a quote, contact us today.

Contact us

Our team is available 24/7 to provide a free consultation on your air ambulance needs while traveling during your pregnancy. Please contact us:

  • By phone: +44 (0) 20 / 3514 8813. Please see below for phone numbers to call if you are outside the UK.
  • By email: info@medical-air-service.com
  • By contact form
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