Is that ok take a flight for 8 moths pregnancy?

March 17, 2009 12:09am CST
My sister is about 8 months in her pregnancy.Her husband has a new job position in other city and they should move there.The city is located far away in the different island. It is impossible for my sister to reach that city by train or bus,because it will take so long and it is bad for my sister's pregnancy.The only way is by plane.Is that ok for her to have a flight with her 8 months pregnancy?
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@ank_47 (1963)
• India
18 Mar 09
doctors will not advice to travel in flight in 8th month .it is not good for newbaby's health . upto 7th month it is ok to travel ,that to 4,5 hours journey only. Most airlines allow pregnant women to fly up to and including the 36th week, provided the pregnancy has been straightforward. Under IATA guidelines, pregnant women are allowed to fly in weeks 36 to 38 if the flying time does not exceed four hours. However, many airlines will not carry pregnant women after 36 weeks - make sure you check with the airline before booking. Airlines normally refuse to fly pregnant women who have previously given birth prematurely (pre-term) or have had blood clots in the veins of their legs. These factors also apply to the journey home. If you travelled out during the seventh month of pregnancy, there is a risk that you may not be allowed to board the return flight if you are in the eighth or ninth month of your pregnancy at the time of your return journey. SOME POINTS: The air humidity in the cabins of passenger aircraft is kept at only 8 per cent, so pregnant women should drink plenty, particularly on long flights. You run an increased risk of inflammation and blood clots in veins of the legs and should avoid sitting still for too long. You should have an aisle seat and move around as much as possible - at least 15 minutes every hour. This can also be supplemented with vein pumping exercises. The same advice also applies to long car and bus journeys. The wearing of seat belts in both aircraft and cars is recommended for all pregnant women. They should be worn, as far as possible, low over the pelvis. For pregnant women, the risk of damage from wearing a seat belt is considered to be less than that caused by not wearing one.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
17 Mar 09
In my home country no airline would accept an 8 month pregnant lady on one of its planes. Also I don't imagine that it would be possible to get travel insurance at that late stage of pregnancy. In other countries they might let an 8 month pregnant lady fly in a plane. There is a possibility that your sister's baby might be born on the flight. It is a shame her husband's job has moved so close to the birth. In my home country a baby would have to be 7 days old before flying. Good luck to your sister.
• United States
17 Mar 09
I would not fly 8 months pregnant but if she has no choice it might be the safest way to travel. She might want to check with the airlines to make sure they don't have any restrictions about her flying on their plane that far along.