The pregnant woman on the plane: What are the regulations of Freebird Airlines?
Going on a business trip, or even enjoying a relaxing stay in the sun, sometimes you can’t give up on your travel plans, even during your pregnancy.
Indeed, air travel is compatible with pregnancy as long as the woman is deemed fit to fly by her gynecologist.
You should also know that the state of the pregnant woman is not necessarily what affects the right to take flight. Freebird Airlines, for example, has its own travel and pregnancy policy.
What is the deadline for a pregnant woman to fly Freebird Airlines?
The Turkish airline accepts future mothers on board its flights if they travel during the first seven months of their pregnancy (up to the 28th week). On the other hand, she does not encourage them to fly during the third trimester without the agreement of their doctor (presenting a certificate dated less than seven days before departure is essential), and generally refuses the flight beyond the 37th week of pregnancy.
If the flight is short, there is little risk of childbirth on the plane. On the other hand, if the flight is long, the company will wish to protect itself from a risk of childbirth or serious illness on the plane, and will have its own certificate requirements.
The rules change in the event of a multiple pregnancy. Pregnant women who are going to give birth to twins, triplets, etc. cannot take Freebird flights from the 33rd week of their pregnancy, and must present a medical certificate on the day of departure issued recently by their attending physician if they fly between the 28th and 32nd week.
Consult your doctor before flying?
Consulting your obstetrician or a doctor before traveling by plane is not a legal obligation. On the other hand, talking to your midwife or your doctor can first of all reassure you as a passenger, if you are not used to this kind of trip, and allow you to take stock.
Even if the pregnant woman is in good health, she should take precautions before taking the flight
If traveling by plane is possible and feasible, there are nevertheless precautions to take to protect yourself effectively from any inconvenience.
Before booking your tickets, remember to take out insurance that covers on-site health costs and repatriation costs, as a precaution. Also bring your Vitale card and your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), if you are traveling within the European Union.
Take care to fasten your seat belt under the abdomen, so as not to compress it. Try to walk as regularly as possible during your flight, especially if it lasts several hours, and stay hydrated.
Wearing compression stockings is good advice, whether you are prone to heavy legs or not, to promote blood circulation. On the subject, the High Authority for Health ruled and considering that wearing suitable stockings is sufficient to reduce the risk of venous thrombosis.
We still avoid distant tourist trips during pregnancy, especially when we are close to term. Similarly, it is better to find out about the current conditions of the target destination and not risk a flight to a country with closed borders, as during the Covid pandemic, or even at war.