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The Policies of Flying Pregnant

By August 28, 2007

pregnant belly It wasn't always easy but I traveled a lot by air during my own pregnancy. What I discovered is that airlines really vary in terms of rules. Factors that influence an airline's policies and can make it more restrictive for pregnant women to travel include: how far along one is in one's pregnancy; whether one is expecting a singleton or multiples; and overall health and risks during one's pregnancy. Air travel isn't the only travel area that restricts pregnant women, even more stringent with rules is travel on a cruise ship (some start restrictions at 24 weeks!). This ties into air travel only if you are planning a babymoon - a trip before a baby arrives - since cruises are often chosen because they can be very relaxing for a pregnant mom-to-be.

What the different policies on airlines may mean as a pregnant air traveler is either having practically no restrictions until weeks before the due date, to requiring medical personnel to travel with you.

Given that policies vary, I have compiled the information from airlines based on different parts of the world.

Pregnant and Flying - In the Americas

Pregnant and Flying - Europe / Africa

Pregnant and Flying - Asia / Pacific

image courtesy of Arlene Fleming
September 10, 2007 at 9:16 am
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