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Pregnant, travel by air for holiday, seeking second opinion on travel. - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Practicing since : 2004
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Hi doctor my wife is currently 26 weeks pregnant and we plan to go on a holiday next week for 3-4 days. this will involve about 90 minutes air travel and stay there will be mosty for relaxing.... Is holidaying this time safe for her... she has otherwise been going through normal pregnancy
Doctor :   Travelling and stress is definitely to be restricted during pregnancy.
Doctor :   The safe period for travel during pregnancy is considered to be 12 to 24 weeks.
User :   Ok but then do you recommend we dont go.... We thought travelling in second trimester until 27-28 weeks is fime
Doctor :   Since your partner is currently in 26 weeks, that is third trimester,
User :   Ok so is it recommended that we dont go
Doctor :   it is advisable to take an opinion from her doctor who has been checking her routinely all this while during her pregnancy
Doctor :   You may travel if her general condition and pregnancy is normal.
User :   Ok we did check and the doctor opined its ok until 27-28 weeks.... its only as a second opinion I am seeking your guidance
Doctor :   The safe period is betwen 12 to 24 weeks.
Doctor :   But if her obstetrician sees no problem in her travelling, then you may consider travelling.
Doctor :   Few measures that you need to follow are
Doctor :   1. Avoid consuming heavy, oily food before the travel.
Doctor :   2. Drink plenty of water before the travel.
Doctor :   3. Wrap a tight socks / stockings to the legs during the flight travel. Ask her to keep her feet moving during the travel.
Doctor :   4. Avoid constipation and straining during the travel.
Doctor :   These measures will increase the safety of pregnancy during the flight travel.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Absolutely. Thanks doctor
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   No thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Wish you a safe journey.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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