Friday, July 5, 2013

Traveling by air in pregnancy

Every journey, even one that includes air travel, should not be a problem for a healthy and normal pregnancy, but check with your doctor if you can get on the road, just in case.

If you are traveling by plane during pregnancy, you'll probably be wondering how you can better prepare for the trip.

Plan your trip, especially by air, before coming additions. If you have a pregnant woman planning a trip (or if you have a business trip), the best opportunities for a safe and comfortable journey in time, from the fourth to the sixth month of your pregnancy. The first quarter is a big possibility that you will be too tired or you feel too strong nausea. In the third quarter, you may be uncomfortable or will be difficult to move.
Consult your doctor before traveling. Check with your doctor if your condition pregnancy to make sure that you do not have any complications that might cause premature labor or other dangerous condition. In particular, pay attention to conditions such as pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure, diabetes, multiple pregnancy. Many doctors advise women with these complications to avoid air travel or any long journey.

During the last months of pregnancy, stick to the ground. Under the rules of domestic airlines women who are pregnant less than 28 weeks and had no complications during pregnancy, can accommodate the aircraft without a medical certificate. If you are pregnant more than 28 weeks up to 35 weeks, require a medical certificate not older than seven days, and confirming that delivery will occur within four weeks of the trip.In this case, there is no medical obstacles to air travel. Only if a pregnant woman is traveling for surgery or treatment, must be completed and attached documents that are required in the transport of sick and disabled people. Pregnant women who are expecting delivery within seven days, and the mother who gave birth less than seven days can not travel by air our local companies.

Most foreign airlines prohibit flying after 36 weeks of pregnancy (Lufthansa, Air France), and some even of 28 weeks (British Airways) or 32 weeks (Adria Airways). Do not expect the employees of airlines to be experienced as a midwife. If you obviously look like a pregnant woman, the airline will require you to confirm physician establishing your due date. If your pregnancy is risky and there is a possibility of complications or premature birth, it is safest not to travel, that is. not to travel to a place where there are no hospitals with intensive care for premature babies.
Be comfortable. Request a seat on the plane that is located as close as possible to the front. Not only is the air circulation better in those seats, but it is also easier to enter and exit the aircraft. The seat belt should always bind the pelvic area. Some pregnant women are sitting near the window in order to reduce the nausea of ​​early pregnancy, others prefer an aisle seat which allows them easier to move and easier to go to toilet. Many expectant mothers seeking seats immediately in the first place because they have the most legroom.

Pregnant women are not allowed to sit in rows where the emergency exits because of the passengers who sit in these seats is expected to assist in opening the heavy doors when leaving the danger. Do you want to be close to the emergency exit, select a seat immediately behind that order. If you can afford to travel first class, now is the time to treat yourself. Air circulation is usually better in the first-class cabin. Be comfortable with extra pillows. Raise your legs as much as possible and often walk around during the summer to reduce the swelling. On long-haul flights can expect to increase your feet no matter what you do during the summer. Once you remove your shoes, they might not be able to wear, therefore make sure to wear another more comfortable pair of shoes or even a pair of slippers.
You sit in the fresh air. Be sure to avoid flights where smoking is allowed. (For domestic flights smoking is forbidden, and so is generally in most foreign airlines.)
Drink plenty of fluids-and even more. The air in the airplane dry lining of the mouth and nose, and can contribute to dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids without caffeine or alcohol, during and after the flight.
Humidity. Humidity in the aircraft cabin is only about 7%. Besides being annoying to the nostrils, dry air contributes to dehydration. Drink extra fluids, and prevent drying of the nostrils breathing in the steam from a cup of hot water. Take also a nasal spray containing saline solution (you can buy at pharmacies without a prescription), and u┼ípricavajte solution in the nose every hour or so.
Food. If you plan to travel during the first quarter and you are still struggling morning sickness, is not badly advance call the airline you are traveling and ask for a special meal, and thus increase the likelihood that the aircraft get food that will suit your sensitive stomach. In purchasing the tickets, but certainly 24 hours in advance, you can order a special kind of meals (meals at the health food requirements).
Or, better yet, are you ready for some snacks that are sure to advance your suit. Inform staff of aircraft of all your special needs.
Avoid flying at high altitude, which does not regulate the pressure in the aircraft. As you probably know, most of the aircraft's cabin is pressurized to compensate for the lack of available oxygen at high altitudes.When you are at an altitude of 2000 m above sea level, the oxygen level decreases as altitude increases.When you book a flight, definitely looking for one that has a pressurized cabin. Be especially careful in the choice of aircraft for short flights. They usually do not have a cabin pressure because usually fly at lower altitudes. Although a short stay in a cabin is not pressurized at an altitude of 2000 m will not harm your child (the child's level of oxygen in the womb is already smaller than the mother), it can reduce the level of oxygen in your blood, which can cause you to not feel myself anymore, and impair your mental and motor sposobnosit. (Pregnant women should also avoid staying in places at altitudes greater than 2000 m. Some studies show that there is a statistical relationship between life at high altitudes and low birth weight.)
Ask for help. Pregnant women and the elderly, should always get a seat on the bus or help with luggage. Do not be afraid to ask for help! Be especially careful when you stretch and remove the heavier luggage compartments located above the seats. That way you could be stretched and stretched some muscle, and the pregnancy is not the time when you need such a problem. 

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