Q1: I’m planning to deliver outside the UAE and would like to know up to which trimester I can travel?
A1: Pregnant women can normally travel safely by air, but most airlines restrict traveling in late pregnancy. Typical guidelines for those who have an uncomplicated pregnancy are:
- after the 28th week of pregnancy a letter from a doctor or midwife should be carried, confirming the expected date of delivery and that the pregnancy is normal.
- for single pregnancies, flying is permitted up to the end of the 36th week
- for multiple pregnancies, flying is permitted up to the end of the 32nd week.
Q2 What precaution I should take during flight to prevent the DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)?
A2: Moving around the cabin during long flights will help to reduce any period of prolonged immobility. However, this may not always be possible and any potential health benefits must be balanced against the risk of injury that could occur if the aircraft encounters sudden and unexpected turbulence. A sensible compromise is to walk around in the cabin, e.g. go to the bathroom, once every 2–3 hours.
Many airlines also provide helpful advice on exercises that can be carried out in the seat during flight. It is thought that exercise of the calf muscles can stimulate the circulation, reduce discomfort, fatigue and stiffness, and it may reduce the risk of developing DVT.
Hand luggage should not be placed where it restricts movement of the legs and feet.
Clothing should be loose and comfortable.
Drink a lot of water and avoid caffeinated drink.
Q3 When can I travel with my infant?
A3 Air travel is not recommended for infants less than seven days old. If travel is absolutely necessary for babies who are over seven days, but were born prematurely,medical advice should be sought in each case.
Q4 How can I avoid Changes in cabin air pressure which may upset infants?
A4 This can be helped by feeding or giving a pacifier to stimulate swallowing.