logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Painting
Heart Disease
Horror Literature
Dating
Hiking & Backpacking
SF/Fantasy Books
Healthy Foods


dailyclick
All times in EST

Autism Spectrum Disorders: 4:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Family Travel Site

BellaOnline's Family Travel Editor

g

Flying During Pregnancy

Guest Author - Kimberly Misra

Taking a trip while youíre pregnant can be a great way to de-stress and celebrate the upcoming birth. There are a few precautions to follow, however.

1. The best time to fly is between 14-28 weeks of pregnancy. That advice comes from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Before then, you may be dealing with extreme fatigue and nausea; later in your pregnancy you may be too big and uncomfortable to enjoy yourself. There is also a small risk of preterm labor when flying late in pregnancy.

2. Bring a doctorís note. Many airlines will not allow a pregnant woman to fly during her final month of pregnancy. If youíre showing, itís best to bring along a doctorís note specifying how far along you are and stating that youíre in good health.

3. Use a major airline. Flying in small planes is risky during pregnancy since many arenít pressurized. Flying in an unpressurized cabin could lead to a lowered oxygen supply for both you and your baby.

4. Choose your seat carefully. An aisle seat will give you more space to stretch your legs and make getting up to use the bathroom easier. Remember that pregnant women arenít allowed to sit in exit rows.

5. Prevent or minimize swelling. Try bringing a small pillow so you can elevate your feet. Dress in loose comfortable clothing and make sure your shoes arenít too tight since your feet will most likely be a bit larger by tripís end. Avoid sitting with your legs crossed; this can aggravate varicose veins.

6. Stay hydrated. Getting dehydrated will increase fatigue and could make you feel headachy. Drink plenty of water (at least 8 oz per hour).

7. Stretch your legs. Donít just sit the entire flight, get up and walk around or do some simple stretches in your seat. Rotate your ankles, do some neck and shoulder rolls, bend over and touch your toes.

8. Request a special meal. If your flight will have meal service, make sure itís something youíll want to eat. If not donít be afraid to put in a special meal request. Or just pack your own meal, including a lean protein source and whole grains.

9. Prevent blood clots. There is an increased risk of blood clots while flying, especially while pregnant. You can prevent them by moving around and wearing supportive stockings or nylons.

10. Avoid heavy lifting. If youíre flying alone, ask for help from airline personnel when you need it. Donít try to lift heavy bags into an overhead compartment. How much is too much? Opinions differ, but lifting anything more than 25-30 lbs or so may increase your risk of muscle injury.




This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Flying+During+Pregnancy to Twitter Add Flying+During+Pregnancy to Facebook Add Flying+During+Pregnancy to MySpace Add Flying+During+Pregnancy to Del.icio.us Digg Flying+During+Pregnancy Add Flying+During+Pregnancy to Yahoo My Web Add Flying+During+Pregnancy to Google Bookmarks Add Flying+During+Pregnancy to Stumbleupon Add Flying+During+Pregnancy to Reddit




Ten Tips for Getting Around the Airport With Kids
Packing Your Baby's Carry-on Bag
Saving Money on Airfare
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Family Travel Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2013 by Kimberly Misra. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Kimberly Misra. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2013 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor