A pregnant woman gave birth on Monday August 24 on board an Air Caraïbes flight from Paris-Orly to Fort-de-France, Martinique. L’childbirth was attended by the crew and three passengers – a nurse, an intern and an extern in medicine.
Air travel during pregnancy requires special attention to ensure the well-being of the mother-to-be and the baby. In general, most airlines allow pregnant women to travel up to the 36th week of pregnancy for single pregnancies and up to the 32nd week for multiple pregnancies, but these limits may vary.
Before planning a flight, it is essential to consult a medical professional, as each pregnancy is unique and may present specific risks. If the doctor gives the green light, certain precautions must be taken into account:
Trimester: The first trimester is often tricky due to nausea and fatigue. However, most women can travel without a problem during this period. It is essential to stay hydrated and to move around the cabin regularly to promote blood circulation.
Second trimester: Many women prefer to travel during this time because the chances of miscarriage are reduced and early pregnancy symptoms have often passed. It is always recommended to wear comfortable and loose clothing, as well as to walk a little every hour to avoid circulatory problems.
Third trimester: Travel during this time is trickier due to the increased risk of preterm labor. Most airlines require a medical certificate after the 28th week to guarantee that the pregnancy is progressing normally. Traveling closer to the due date can also increase the risk of complications should you give birth during the flight.
In addition to the medical aspects, it is recommended to take into consideration some practical advice when traveling by plane during pregnancy:
Reserve a seat near the aisle to facilitate movement and bathroom visits.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing to promote blood circulation.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Avoid heavy meals before the flight to prevent nausea.
Get up and walk regularly to stimulate blood circulation.
Use seat belts provided by the airline, under the belly.
Carry healthy snacks and doctor-approved medications with you when needed.
In summary, air travel during pregnancy is possible in many situations, but it requires careful planning and approval from a medical professional. The safety and comfort of mother and baby are paramount at all stages of the journey.