Is it safe to travel by airplane during pregnancy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
You can fly while pregnant, but there are certain precautions you should take before traveling by air. If at all possible, limit your air travel to the middle of your pregnancy, between weeks 14 and 28. Also, limit the number of hours of flight time per day to about six, stay hydrated, and periodically move around and stretch your legs to improve circulation. After 34 weeks, most doctors suggest avoiding air travel because of the risk of giving birth without medical attention available.

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