You might have heard the latest news. During most normal pregnancies air travel is now considered safe.
THE LATEST RESEARCH
Well-designed studies have demonstrated that in general during uncomplicated pregnancies air travel is considered safe until the 36 th week of gestation. Now concerns over this issue have been addressed by the FAA as well. If you would like to see the FAA info it is at jag.cami.jccbi.gov/cariprofile.asp. Many women may safely fly up to the 36th week of pregnancy.
CONCERN REGARDING COSMIC RADIATION
Cosmic radiation exposure even during the longest distance intercontinental flights will be below the 15% limit. Pregnant women who fly frequently run the risk of higher exposure that could turn risky.This issue is addressed by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements and the International Commission on Radiological Protection.
A COMMON QUESTION
Pregnancies that require special care may need to avoid air travel. Medical and obstetrical emergencies may arise during air travel. These could put the fetus and mother at risk. This is why during your pregnancy you need to check with your obstetrician and with your airline what is applicable in your specific situation.
1) ACOG ( American College Of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) ACOG Today/ Oct.2009. Clinical Issues. ACOG Committee Opinion. Air Travel During Pregnancy. Update. Obstetrics and Gynecolgy Oct. 2009.