Traveling and flying with Pegasus during pregnancy: The conditions to be respected by the pregnant woman
Air travel during pregnancy is generally safe. Air travel does not cause health problems for mother or baby.
Pegasus allows pregnant women to take its flights until the end of the thirty-sixth (36th) week of pregnancy. For this reason, airline rules should be learned before flying.
Pegasus rules for pregnant passengers
No medical report or agreement (certificate) is required from future mothers to travel on board the planes of the Turkish company.
Passengers pregnant with only one baby are allowed to travel until 36 weeks. After this period, travel is not allowed even if there is a medical report.
Pregnant women who deliver two or more babies are allowed to travel up to the thirty second (32nd) week without the need to provide a medical clearance.
If necessary (in case of complicated pregnancy), a medical certificate may be required on boarding, knowing that it must be dated seven days or less from the date of departure.
The surname, first name, diploma number and signature of the doctor who drew up the report must appear on the report.
It is not recommended for a pregnant woman to fly if it may affect her health, or even disrupt the flight.
The threat of miscarriage or the risk of premature delivery can be cited as an example. The duration of the flight should also be taken into account and mothers-to-be should be informed that emergencies during pregnancy usually occur during the first and last trimester.
Wear tight supportive socks, move your legs at regular intervals, choose comfortable clothes, do not sit still by walking around the cabin frequently, and drink plenty of fluids. All of this can help the expectant mother to travel by plane without health problems or complications.
Since strong air turbulence is unpredictable, like all other passengers, pregnant women should also wear the seat belt while seated, and the seat belt should be placed under the stomach, over the hips. Gastric foods should not be taken before the planned flight, as the trapped gas will tend to expand the higher you go, causing more discomfort. Patients with nausea should also have medications that they can use during pregnancy with the advice of a doctor.
Many pregnant women are afraid of radiation during the flight
Indeed, the level of cosmic radiation in an airplane is slightly higher than on the surface of the Earth, but not to the point of being dangerous for expectant mothers. It only becomes critical with very frequent thefts.
Is going through a scanner at the airport dangerous for pregnant women?
Many experts believe that for pregnant women they are no more dangerous than a smartphone. But if you still don’t want to go through the scanner, let the security guard know and you’ll be manually searched.
Some practical tips for safe air travel during pregnancy
Traveling in the second trimester, at this time, as a rule, most pregnant women end up with toxicosis and have energy and desire to travel. It is considered safe to fly until the end of the 36th week if you are pregnant with one child, and until the end of the 32nd week if you are pregnant with multiples. After this period, keep in mind that labor can begin at any time.
Be sure to find out about the rules of the flight for pregnant women of the airline whose ticket you are going to buy. They may differ from those generally accepted. For example, when checking in, you may be asked to sign a paper stating that Pegasus Airline is not responsible for any risk to you and your child. And just in case, take with you an exchange card or an extract from a doctor about the peculiarities of the course of pregnancy.
If possible, choose a simple route, preferably without transfers or with sufficient breaks between flights.
Take advantage of expedited service, where an airport employee will guide you through all pre-flight formalities in expedited mode without queuing.
If you are going abroad, take out travel insurance for pregnant women. Preferably, it should cover premature births and newborn care.
Whether you’re fed on board or not, grab a snack for yourself – a banana, muesli bar or cheese sandwich. Also, when booking a ticket, find out if it is possible to order special meals. In many airlines, this service is free.
Pick a seat near the aisle so it’s convenient for you to go to the bathroom or just walk around the cabin, but it’s best in the front row, where there’s plenty of legroom.
When taking off or landing, when you need to fasten your seat belt, pass it under your belly, and place a folded blanket or small pillow under your lower back so you can sit comfortably.
To prevent swelling of the legs, you can do simple exercises from time to time. For example, sitting on a chair, take off your shoes and move your feet, raising either your socks or your heels.
Choose loose clothing, preferably layered. You can wear compression stockings.
In flight, to avoid dehydration and swelling, drink plenty of water. As the 100ml allowed will not save you money, you can buy water in the departure area or take your empty bottle on board and ask the stewardesses and stewards to pour water into it during the flight.
Wherever you travel during pregnancy, comfort and safety should be above all else, and then only pleasant memories of the trip will remain.