If there are no past difficulties, expectant mothers may be allowed to fly on IndiGo flights until the end of their 36th week of pregnancy. Only if the pregnancy is between the 33rd and 36th week, a Fit to Fly certificate from the treating physician, dated no more than 7 days before the date of flight, is necessary. If the mother has any health concerns during the trip, the doctor should be contacted immediately.
As per the company policy, women who are beyond the age of child-bearing can travel with IndiGo airlines up to the age of 107 years. But since these passengers need special care, it is advisable to avoid traveling beyond one's age unless one is sure that one is not going to become pregnant or catch something illness related to old age.
IndiGo has a medical team on ground at all airports across India who are trained in obstetrics and gynecology. They can provide a Fit to Fly certificate if required. You also have the option of getting this certification from a medical practitioner of your choice. However, it is important for the passenger to give the correct date of her last menstrual period (LMP) to ensure that she does not fall under any medical category that would prohibit her from flying.
The passenger must produce a valid passport and an ID proof showing her pregnancy status to qualify for a reduction in fare.
In the event of a problematic pregnancy, expectant women must not be permitted to travel beyond 32 weeks of pregnancy. Only if the pregnancy is between the 28th and 32nd week, a Fit to Fly certificate from the treating obstetrician, dated no more than 3 days before the date of flight, is necessary. If the pregnancy is beyond the 32nd week, an obstetrician's note stating that the woman is unfit to fly is required.
The decision about allowing her to fly should be taken by the doctor who is responsible for her care. They will be able to make a determination as to whether she is fit to fly. However, in some cases, where there is reason to believe that the woman may be at risk due to the nature of the operation required or other factors related to her condition, it may be appropriate to forbid her from flying even if she is under their care.
Expectant mothers are usually permitted to fly after the third trimester because most airlines require that pregnant women undergo a medical examination prior to being allowed to fly. The pilot must be satisfied with the health of the mother and baby before they are allowed to take off. Even if the mother appears to be healthy, but tests later show abnormalities, the airline has the right to refuse to let her return to the airport.
Most commercial airlines allow pregnant women to fly for up to 36 weeks. Some prohibit pregnant women from flying internationally earlier in their pregnancy, while others demand verification of gestational age. Women should verify with the individual airline for special rules. For example, some carriers require that pregnant women notify them before taking off so they can arrange a seat on the same flight as her doctor.
The risk of having a miscarriage increases during early pregnancy. Therefore, many women are advised not to travel by air during this time. However, most women will experience no problems with flying during this period. If you do have symptoms of pregnancy, such as morning sickness or fatigue, then it would be best to avoid long flights until your condition improves.
Some medical conditions may prevent you from flying. If you have diabetes or heart disease, you should discuss with your physician whether flying is safe for you. Older passengers may also find that certain procedures cannot be done safely if they are unable to walk around or move about freely. Airlines reserve the right to refuse admission or remove passengers from flights for safety reasons.
The main concern regarding flying while pregnant is the effect it has on the fetus. Pregnant women need more sleep and less stress than other people. Therefore, any activity that involves both these factors is likely to be harmful to the fetus. Flying is an intense activity that requires both factors to protect the unborn child.
Most airlines allow pregnant women to fly domestically until they are 36 weeks along. If you want documentation of your due date, your OB-GYN or another health care practitioner can offer it. If you are planning an overseas flight, the departure time may be sooner. Consult your airline. Also, make sure that the blood pressure cuffs used by the flight nurse are large enough for you.
Air travel during pregnancy is safe for most women, as long as you follow some simple rules. The main concern with flying is the stress of changing positions from lying down to standing up for long periods of time. This extra strain on your body can increase your risk of having a premature baby or suffering from preeclampsia (high blood pressure). However, these risks can be reduced if you lie down periodically on the plane to reduce its altitude and drink plenty of water.
If you have chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, or lung problems, then consult your doctor before traveling by air. Also, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications or substances including vitamins, herbs, and foods. Some medications can cause flulike symptoms or worsen existing conditions like asthma or high blood pressure. Your doctor may advise you to take a specific dose of your medication prior to your trip.
In conclusion, air travel during pregnancy is safe for most women as long as you follow some simple rules.
Contact the airline for specific information about their policy on pregnant women.
As long as you follow these tips, you should have no problems flying during pregnancy. If you have concerns about whether or not you can travel during your pregnancy, talk with your doctor first. He or she will be able to help you determine if flying is safe for you and advise you on any special precautions that might be needed as well as any alternatives, such as driving or taking a bus instead of a plane, that could protect your baby's health.