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If I need to travel, should I warn the flight crew or is the risk of flying after 28 weeks far too great?
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: OK to fly to 36 wks
Flying per-se is not harmful to mother or baby.
For those experiencing a healthy pregnancy domestic travel up to 36 weeks, and international travel up to 33 weeks is ok. The restrictions avoid unplanned delivery aboard an airplane. Check with your airline and your doctor before traveling. Don't forget to ask for a pat-down/wand instead of the scanner at security to avoid unnecessary radiation.

In brief: OK to fly to 36 wks
Flying per-se is not harmful to mother or baby.
For those experiencing a healthy pregnancy domestic travel up to 36 weeks, and international travel up to 33 weeks is ok. The restrictions avoid unplanned delivery aboard an airplane. Check with your airline and your doctor before traveling. Don't forget to ask for a pat-down/wand instead of the scanner at security to avoid unnecessary radiation.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Christopher Powers
Also don't forget to walk in the aisle frequently. When you are pregnant, you are 600% more likely to develop a blood clot. If you add this "thickened" blood to slow moving blood, which is what happens when you sit in one place for a long time, you increase your risk even more. Blood clots in the legs are painful, but the real problem is if they break off and go to the lungs.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Don't warn crew
If you have an uncomplicated pregnancy and have never had a preterm delivery, it should be fine to travel at 28 weeks.
If you are travelling, it is always good to talk to your doctor first since there are some risks, such as blood clots in your legs, that should be reviewed. Some airlines may require a note from your doctor to allow you to travel, so check with your carrier.

In brief: Don't warn crew
If you have an uncomplicated pregnancy and have never had a preterm delivery, it should be fine to travel at 28 weeks.
If you are travelling, it is always good to talk to your doctor first since there are some risks, such as blood clots in your legs, that should be reviewed. Some airlines may require a note from your doctor to allow you to travel, so check with your carrier.
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