A priori, a plane trip has no negative effects on the health of the fetus and does not involve the risk of causing a premature birth. However, if you have complications from your pregnancy, it is best to avoid traveling at high altitudes. Also note that small airplanes have lower pressurization than large caliber airplanes. The body therefore has to make more effort to get oxygen.
If you have health problems (eg hypertension, diabetes, etc.), if you suffer from medical complications during your pregnancy or if you have already given birth prematurely, it is advisable to seek the advice of your doctor before taking the drug plane.
Security gates or body scanners used at airports are not harmful to the fetus. These do not work by emitting x-rays, but emit a harmless low-frequency magnetic field.
When are you eligible to take a Flynas plane during pregnancy?
Pregnant women can travel without too much risk until the 36th week of their pregnancy. However, they must meet the conditions established by the Saudi Arabian company which agrees to make them travel until their 27th week without a medical certificate, while a certificate issued by an attending physician (gynecologist) is mandatory if the day from the start, the woman will be in her 28th or 36th week. The certificate must be dated at least seven days before the day of the flight.
If you travel by plane during the first trimester of pregnancy, you may increase the discomforts typical of the first months, such as nausea and fatigue.
The second trimester of pregnancy is considered the best time to travel by plane.
From the 28th week of pregnancy, certain factors (such as the sitting position and the effect of the pressurization on the mother's body) can make the trip very uncomfortable. It is therefore better to ask your doctor for written authorization, stating that you have undergone a medical examination, the expected date of delivery and the declaration that you do not present a risk of childbirth during the flight.
As the probability of a childbirth is greater after the 36th week of pregnancy, it is strongly advised not to travel by plane from this period.
Some additional tips
Check with your Flynas airline (Notre page de service client) to check whether you risk being refused boarding, both on the outward and return dates. Most airlines deny boarding from the 34th, 35th or 36th week.
During the flight, promote blood circulation by occasionally moving around the hallway and stretching. For more comfort, choose seats along the corridor.
Avoid sitting in a sitting position for a long time, as this can cause swelling in your feet and ankles. Taking your shoes off during the flight can be a relief. Be careful, however, with closed shoes, which will be more difficult to put on again on arrival if your feet are swollen. Choose lightweight shoes that conform to your feet.
Theft can also increase the risk of thrombosis and varicose veins. Using compression stockings will help protect you.
If you are prone to nausea, take some medicine in your hand luggage to help with nausea and digestive problems. Also plan a small snack.
Find out before departure (and upon arrival) about the medical facilities in your destination.
Traveling with an baby
Passengers wishing to travel with their infants on Flynas flights can do so from the 8th day following their birth and can travel with the payment of a baby fare per sector provided that they are seated on the lap of the accompanying adult, and be protected with a baby seat belt provided by the on-board crew.
No more than one baby can sit on each adult's lap. Infants six months to two years old must travel in a safety seat (a certified car seat) which will be secured to a separate seat, and which must be purchased at the applicable rate. Beyond this age (more than two years), the passenger must travel on his own seat.