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Advice for pregnant flyers

Holidays can be the last chance to spend time alone for a couple before baby arrives.  But pregnant when travelling can be stressful and clearly a new experience.  A survey by Netmums and The London Ultrasound Centre shows that mums-to-be are confused by the lack of consistent guidance on when it is safe to travel during pregnancy, with 20% unsure whether it is safe to fly at all when expecting. 

Some airlines allow mums-to-be to fly up to 37 weeks of pregnancy, while for others the cut-off date is 34 weeks or even earlier.  The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends 37 weeks.  It is not surprising that the majority (85%) of women surveyed want standard guidance to make it easier to plan their pre-baby holidays. 

The survey found that mums-to-be are taking matters into their own hands rather than relying on inconsistent airline guidance.  Nearly two-thirds (61%) of women surveyed stressed the importance of checking their pregnancy health before they travel, with 81% talking to their midwife before confirming travel plans. www.thelondonultrasoundcentre.co.uk

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