FLYING DURING PREGNANCY CAUSES MISCARRIAGE? AND PREVENTIONS.

Q. I travel by air a lot and for the past 10 months have had 2 miscarriages, I had my second miscarriage on 1st of January this year.

My first one was on June 2017. My husband and I struggled to get on with our lives but at the same time, we were frustrated by the lack of support from the doctors over here. My family physician in fact laughed and said 2 miscarriages is not a “big deal”!

Unfortunately my family doctor is no longer with the clinic I used to go to.
Now I’m currently 8 weeks pregnant and I’ll be travelling tomorrow, plus we didn’t even know I’m pregnant not until last week. These are my questions:

Is flying safe when pregnant?
Air plane causes miscarriage?
I serious want to get things right before I end up with another heart break.

A. Air plane doesn’t have any impact on the baby or harmful to you the mother for there’s no evidence or prove that flying cause or any kind of miscarriages.

Your doctor might kick against flying if you have high risk pregnancy that might be worsened.

IS THERE ANY RISK INVOLVED?
There is no radiation risk other than the air sickness sometimes adding to feeling icky on top of morning sickness, DVT( deep venous thrombosis) and possible blood clots.

If you’re suffering from any medical conditions that may reduce the oxygen content in your blood such as severe sickle cell anemia) maybe speak to your doctor or midwife.

WHEN CAN I FLY DURING PREGNANCY.
No doubt, first few weeks of pregnancy ( first trimester) is a very crucial stage of pregnancy because your baby’s organs are now beginning to grow, So it requires a lot of caring.

Some doctors say that first trimester is not good for flying due to high risk if miscarriage in first trimester, though there are no restrictions.

A physician once mentioned that women with the history of several miscarriages are not suppose to travel( long distance journey) in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Generally, second trimester is the best and great time to fly. This is when the risk of common pregnancy emergencies, morning sickness, fatigue and nausea are the lowest.

PREVENTIONS?
Taking good care of yourself is the best you can do for yourself and your growing baby, whether you are travelling (flying) or not.

Everything healthy that you do for your body right from the first week of pregnancy, helps your growing fetus, rest when you need it, eat healthy diet, drink plenty of water, walk a couples of times depending on how long your flight is.

WILL I MISCARRIED IF I TRAVEL BY AIR.
Absolutely there hasn’t been any evidence to suggest that flying would cause miscarriage. Not related.

CONCLUSION:
Don’t stress, the whole radiation exposure thing is just a myth.
There isn’t enough radiation in those scanners to hurt a baby.

Air travelling is safe until the last month of pregnancy and that is only because you don’t want to be stucked in the air in labour.

 

 

 

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