Air travel ‘no risk to pregnant women’

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JENNY HOPE (IOL, 23 May 2013, London) – Air travel poses “no significant risk” for healthy pregnant women without pregnancy complications, and their unborn babies Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists say. Premature labour poses the most serious risk for mothers-to-be at 35 000 ft. Expectant mothers need not fear medical risks posed by full-body security scanners or a fall in oxygen pressure during flights. They also have no reason to worry about travel sickness and deep vein thrombosis on longer flights if they take precautions. Those who are at risk of early labour due to factors such as a multiple birth should not fly from 32 weeks, says the college. Complications during air travel may arise due to problems such as severe anaemia, recent haemorrhage, serious cardiac or respiratory disease and recent bone fractures.

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