Traveling on an Ethiopian Airlines plane during pregnancy

If it is an uncomplicated pregnancy and the mother-to-be is in good health, variations in atmospheric pressure and / or the drop in humidity have no impact on the mother and her baby

An airplane flight cannot be responsible for a miscarriage, premature childbirth or loss of water.
Anyone taking a plane is exposed to low levels of radiation, but occasional flights are not considered to be risky for mom and baby.

Regarding the safest period of pregnancy to take the plane, the College makes the following recommendations:
- before 37 weeks for a simple pregnancy. After this period, work can start at any time, so it is recommended to avoid taking the plane.
- before 32 weeks for an uncomplicated twin pregnancy.

However, it advises pregnant women not to take the plane in the event of:
- increased risk of premature labor
- severe anemia
- slepanocytosis with recent crisis
- recent vaginal bleeding
- pathology of the lungs or heart affecting breathing

In any case, it is advisable to seek advice from your gynecologist or midwife before considering air travel.

On the Ethiopian Airlines side

Each airline has its own pregnancy policy: some require a medical certificate of others no, others only after a certain term, when still others will not accept pregnant women beyond a certain term. Before purchasing your ticket, it is therefore important to inform the air carrier of her pregnancy, if only to get on board as a priority and benefit from an aisle seat.

The risk of thrombolitic disease in airplanes

Venous thrombosis results from the formation of a clot in the legs or pelvis. This clot can travel up into the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism. Long air travel is a risk of developing thrombolytic disease due to three mechanisms: mobilization of the legs and mobility in the plane, dehydration and the so-called hypobaric atmosphere (reduced atmospheric pressure). Pregnancy is an increased risk due to various factors: venous stasis, compression by the pregnant uterus and hypercoagulability. This risk increases with the duration of the flight and in the presence of risk factors such as a history of thrombosis or being overweight.

To limit the risk of venous thrombosis occurring during the flight, Ethiopian Airlines advises you to wear loose clothing and flat shoes, to prefer an aisle seat so that you can stand up regularly, to do seated exercises every 30 minutes. minutes minimum, drink regularly throughout the flight and wear compression stockings (ask your gynecologist or midwife for advice).

In certain risky situations, an injection of LMWH (low molecular weight heparin) may be given on the morning of departure.

Pregnancy and plane: check with the airline

Most airlines accept pregnant women up to the 7th month or even the 8th month. This is the case with Air France, if the pregnancy is proceeding normally. This company even welcomes expectant mothers who are in their 9th month, provided they have a medical agreement issued by their own medical service. Beware, however, of low-cost airlines which are sometimes very picky, for fear of a flight accident. Check their website for transport conditions. In all cases, it is advisable to have a medical certificate of non-contraindication specifying the term of the pregnancy. Most airlines request it. Another point, make sure you specify the conditions for canceling tickets.

Airplane and pregnancy: consult your doctor

Before planning your trip, ask your doctor for advice, even if your pregnancy is progressing normally. Only he can assess with certainty the absence of contraindications to your project. He will also draw up the necessary medical certificate and, if necessary, prescribe medication to prevent travel discomfort.

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