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Mommy Dearest: Is It Alright For a Mama-to-Be to Take Flight?


Mommy Dearest,

There are several trips (personal and work-related) that I will need to take, but my husband and I are thinking of starting a family in the very near future. Besides morning sickness in the first trimester and delivering late in pregnancy, would there be any concerns about flying while with child?

— Alright for a Mama To Take Flight

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Alright for a Mama to Take Flight,

The best answer to your question is to check with your OB/GYN once you are pregnant. But as a general guideline, my doctor said it was alright to travel up to 32 weeks if the mama-to-be has an uneventful pregnancy. Many airlines advise that women should not fly one month before their due date. In addition to the risk of flying too close to full term and delivering on the plane, those expecting should walk around every hour to ensure proper circulation and be careful about lifting heavy luggage.

If you're planning a trip while expecting, take a few tips from our in-house traveling pro, babysugar!

— Mommy Dearest

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