Things to consider when flying while being pregnant

Let us begin by saying that flying with a baby bump is perfectly safe if you are enjoying a healthy pregnancy and following your doctor’s advice. The best time to travel is perhaps the second trimester when you are over morning sickness and the belly is not too large to make it uncomfortable for you to manoeuvre in the airport. However, this is valid only if everything is going perfectly with your pregnancy.

What if you are over 35 years of age and expecting multiples? What if you fall sick and need repatriation for medical purposes to your home country? Complications in pregnancy may be a concern when travelling to a foreign land, away from your trusted doctor and medical care facilities.

If you must travel, consult with your doctor to find out if your current health condition permits you to fly and whether he can assure you are ‘fit to fly.’ However, keep in mind that even if you are perfectly okay now, you never know when a medical emergency may arise. You will not only be risking your life but also that of your baby’s.

Here are some important things to consider when flying while you are pregnant.

Things to consider when flying while being pregnant

Get clearance from your doctor before your trip

Visit your doctor a few weeks before you plan to travel abroad and get a clearance for any chronic medical condition you may have. For example, if you have thyroid, diabetes, or blood pressure problems, get the tests done to ensure that your condition is under control.

Ask your doctor about nausea, gas, and diarrhoea remedies that can help you during your travel. Additionally, you may also ask for pre-flight diets and prenatal care at your destination.

Remember to carry all your essential vitamins and SOS medications and always have quick access to them when needed. As you will be carrying a lot of medicines, it’s important to get a medical certificate from your doctor stating that you are pregnant to help with clearance.

Choose the right health and travel insurance

Check your health insurance policy to see if you are covered for medical help in your destination. If not, consider getting a new travel insurance company that provides suitable cover for pregnant women and specifically cover fully or partially medical flights. 

If you are travelling to a foreign destination, check to find out if you might need a supplementary travel policy to cover your medical needs overseas. What if there is an emergency? Will your insurance company cover the cost of medical repatriation to your homeland?

It is important to plan and be ready to face any kind of emergency that might arise when you are flying while pregnant. If you get into premature labour and deliver a newborn in a foreign country -will your insurance provider arrange a quick medical evacuation for you?

Moreover, most airlines discourage pregnant women from flying at 36 weeks or later. If you are carrying multiples, you are not allowed to travel after 32 weeks. Regarding the airlines’ policy regarding pregnant women, you may need to provide a doctor’s certificate verifying your due date to be allowed to get on board.

If you face any health complications it might then get very complicated to find a plane for a medical repatriation back to your home country : with Medical Air Service you can take away your fears; we will organize the medevac to get you and your baby safely back home.

How can Medical Air Service help

We are an international air ambulance company that offers reliable and affordable medevac services around the world. Our biggest advantage is that we offer an extensive coverage area, which enables us to cater to travellers stuck in popular destinations or hard-to-reach areas. We have collaborations with an array of major and minor airports around the world to get you back home safely.

Our well-trained, knowledgeable, and multilingual staff are at your service 24/7 to reduce any waiting time. As soon as we get your call, we send out our team to reach you at the earliest and arrange for a quick medical flight back home.

We have a fleet of air ambulances outfitted with the latest equipment needed to provide emergency medical care to pregnant passengers. Moreover, our expert medical crew will assist you and stay by your side until they are convinced that you are safe in your city hospital or home. 

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