A 28-year-old female asked:
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7.5 wks pregnant. int. flight ab 10 hours. 2 weeks later, same flight back home. dangerous to fetus with cabin pressure, radiation? increase miscarriage risk? heartbeat good and im healthy.

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Dr. Laura Pearlman
40 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No effect on fetus: Air travel has no effect on the fetus. Cabins are pressurized to safe levels.
Answered on Jun 18, 2014
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Dr. Laura Pearlman
40 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
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I agree with Dr. Kurtz above. My answer was only regarding the risk to the fetus, not to the pregnant woman. There is an increased risk of blood clots as Dr. Kurtz discusses above, but the question was only asking about the fetus.
Jun 16, 2014
Dr. Bryan Kurtz
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Your risk of blood clots is increased in pregnancy, so you need to move your legs and get out of your seat every 1-2 hours. Compression stockings may also be of benefit.
Jun 16, 2014
Dr. Dale Kristle
40 years experience Gynecology
Ok: The flight itself should not be a problem to the baby. Be sure to do leg exercises and get up and walk around during the flight as you are at increased risk of blood clots in the legs.
Answered on Jun 18, 2014
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