A Lonely Flight
Traveling while pregnant can be a little scary.
Okay, it’s really scary.
The further along you are, the scarier it is—but there are situations when this cannot be avoided. Having to fly can get iffy after 30 weeks, and most doctors recommend no flying after week 32. Topping it off, a number of airlines have their own varying rules for pregnant women traveling. Some can even require a doctor’s note before allowing you to board. It’s enough to make someone already nervous about impending motherhood even more nervous. If there’s a history of complications, and the trip is unavoidable, retaining the services of a flight transport nurse may be one of the best options a woman has.
If the airline will allow you to fly, with or without a doctor’s note, you’re going to need a contingency plan not just for labor, but in case complications should present itself during the flight. Retaining a flight transport nurse as a traveling companion and medical escort can help you feel more confident knowing that you’re in good hands. You family will feel better about your travels as well, knowing that a certified flight registered nurse is on hand in case things speed up or become difficult.
Comfort in pregnancy is a big issue, especially in cramped quarters on an airplane. Imagine using an airplane bathroom at 36 weeks.
It makes sense to do some basic things for your own comfort, such as: wearing your most comfortable and non-binding clothing and buckling the belt under your baby bump. Getting up when you can to walk around the cabin is a good idea, but if you have to stay in your seat, compression socks may help to alleviate the risk of deep vein thrombosis. Drink plenty of fluids, too, as the air in an airplane at altitude is very dry.
If you can, try to travel in a class with more legroom, such as business or first-class. Even premium economy can help you feel less smushed.
Pick the Pros
If you are considering traveling with a flight nurse, check out as many services as you can. Make sure that you’re retaining an RN with the proper certifications, not an LPN – as they can’t qualify as a flight nurse, and should not be using the term “flight nurse” to describe their services. Get started, and travel in comfort and safety with your baby.