Air travel during pregnancy

Air travel during pregnancy
Three flights from Zurich to Berlin make regarding height radiation exposure is no risk to the unborn child. The radiation exposure is far below the dangerous dose and is given the overall burden, which we are exposed, negligible. Something else it might look like if someone professionally regularly flies as a pilot or flight attendant. Then it could be that the considerations as safe doses are exceeded. The pressure changes are well tolerated by both mother and child, and thus pose no problem.

You can therefore travel to Berlin with a clear conscience. Nobody has been able to prove a connection between Fehlgeburten- or malformation rate and fly, and this area is being explored for a long time.

Worth noting, however, that pregnancy in the first 12 months often ends sadly in abortion. It is then quite normal that all possible causes are searched for. Flies can not be blamed for it but. Mostly there is no cause. Probably it is a measure of the nature to prevent the birth of children with congenital defects. In any case, the women can usually nothing at all that there has been a miscarriage and she would not be able to prevent this. But I want you not somehow frightening, of course, but most pregnancies run completely undisturbed from. This should be simple yet be a little hint.

A long-haul flight now and should in principle be any problems. As in pregnancy but a slightly increased risk of thrombosis exists, should be based on long-haul flights (more than 4 hours) are taken to drink enough fluids and legs through move (best aisle seat take) repeatedly. In addition, wearing calf compression stockings is recommended.

In late pregnancy should if possible only short-haul flights to be made because it could be that the contractions (possibly prematurely, also independent of the flight) could use and there is a birth. Depending on the airline pregnant women are no longer or only transported in the last 4-8 weeks before the deadline with a medical certificate. In the Swiss example, it takes from the 36th week of pregnancy a doctor’s certificate.

Of course, these figures relate only to otherwise healthy women with a previously trouble-free pregnancy. If this is not the case, the risk must be assessed individually with the gynecologist and possibly other specialists.
Good information about the pregnancy can be found in our information brochure for pregnant women under here