Air travel during pregnancy

David Rabinerson, Avraham Ninio, Marek Glezerman

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Abstract

Nowadays, millions of people travel by air every day and it is common to find pregnant women among the passengers. Travelling during pregnancy raises the question of the woman's safety during the flight. This is due to the risk of exposure to cosmic radiation, the drop in air pressure, and the possibility of thromboembolism due to seating conditions and flight duration. Other risks include obstetric emergencies, such as hemorrhage, premature contractions and actual labor. Further issues associated with air travel during pregnancy have to do with the safety of pregnant aircrew, if emergency evacuation becomes necessary and the airline's view regarding the admittance of pregnant women on flights. We discuss these issues extensively in our review. We conclude that for a healthy woman whose pregnancy involves no risk factors, air travel is safe up to the 36th gestational week.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-358
Number of pages5
JournalHarefuah
Volume147
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2008

Keywords

  • Air-travel
  • Cosmic-radiation
  • Obstetric-air- evacuation
  • Pregnancy
  • Thromboembolism

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