A pregnant woman gave birth on Monday August 24 on board an Air Caraibes flight from Paris-Orly to Fort-de-France, Martinique. L’childbirth was assisted by the crew and three passengers – a nurse, an intern and a medical extern.
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 until the 36th week of pregnancy for singleton 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 healthcare 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 problems during this time. It is essential to stay hydrated and 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 premature labor. Most airlines require a medical certificate after the 28th week to ensure that the pregnancy is progressing normally. Traveling closer to your due date can also increase the risk of complications if you give birth during the flight.
In addition to medical aspects, it is recommended to take into consideration certain practical tips when traveling by plane during pregnancy:
Reserve a seat near the aisle for easier 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 the seat belts provided by the airline, under the stomach.
Carry healthy snacks and doctor-approved medications when needed.
In summary, air travel during pregnancy is possible in many situations, but it requires careful planning and approval from a healthcare professional. The safety and comfort of mother and baby are paramount at all stages of the journey.