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30 MAY 2011
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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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