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Air travel and pregnancy

Published: 06/02/2015

This revised information is for you if you’re considering travelling by air when pregnant. The information is relevant for all lengths of flights.

This information leaflet covers:

  • Whether flying while pregnant can harm you or your baby
  • Whether you can wear a seatbelt
  • The safest time to fly during pregnancy
  • Risks of flying while pregnant, and how to reduce the risks
  • Circumstances when you may be advised not to fly
  • Making a decision about whether or not to fly

This patient information leaflet is based on the RCOG Scientific Impact Paper Air Travel and Pregnancy, which contains a full list of the sources of evidence used to produce this guidance.

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