Myths and Facts About Pregnancy

You’re Not Allowed to Fly

Myth! The consensus says that a woman experiencing a healthy pregnancy should have no problems flying, but you may want to check with the airline first. Some airlines restrict flying while pregnant, especially in the third trimester for fear of the woman going into labor and forcing an emergency landing. The Mayo Clinic notes that, if you have a flexible travel schedule, the second trimester may be the most comfortable time to travel. Be sure to speak to your doctor about when and where it’s appropriate to fly while pregnant. Baylor College of Medicine recommends wearing support hose and doing leg exercises on long flights to reduce the risk of blood clots, which is elevated during pregnancy.

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July 25, 2014

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July 25, 2014