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Flying while pregnant determined on ‘individual basis’

Pregnant women that fly to luxury holiday destinations need to be assessed on an “individual basis”, according to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

Getting on an airplane when pregnant doesn’t come with a definitive list or set of times when it is appropriate to travel, but it is important that travellers check existing medical conditions before flying.

Professional policy adviser for RCM, Janet Fyle, advises that airlines will usually have standard procedures with which pregnant women will have to comply before jetting off on holiday.

She said: “Some airlines say they will admit pregnant women up to a certain number of weeks and usually they want the midwife or doctor to give confirmation that she is fit.

Ms Fyle notes that in cases of high-blood pressure or a low lying placenta, travel is often not advised.

“If a woman has any existing medical conditions she needs to consult her doctor, and then the airline would make the decision,” she added.

British Airways restricts travel beyond the end of the 36th week of pregnancy, but insists on a letter from a doctor or nurse from the 28th week.

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