As pregnancy is not an illness, air travel does not usually present health concerns for pregnant women. However, we recommend careful planning in consideration of your destination and schedule.
- [Precautions before travel]
- Consult your physician in advance to see if it is safe for you to fly.
- Consult with your doctor if you have any systems such as bleeding or morning sickness, or if you have any complications including threatened miscarriage, anemia, or toxemia of pregnancy during pregnancy.
- Reduce stress as much as possible.
- The best time to travel during pregnancy is the stable period between 12 and 28 weeks.
- [Cases when a medical certificate are required for international routes]
(Medical certificates are always available here)
When the expected delivery date is in 4 weeks or less (36th week of pregnancy or after)
- * When the due date is in 14 days or less, an obstetrician must accompany the expectant mother.
- * The number of infant is restricted to one, and he or she needs to have his or her own confirmed seat. Also a child seat needs to be used for infants' safety.
- When the due date is not certain.
- When multiple births may be expected
- When there were previous premature births.
- [Medical certificates]
- The doctor responsible must fill in the due date, whether or not it is safe for the woman to fly, and any special precautions that should be taken during travel.
- Medical certificates must be completed 7 days or less before departure.
* Click here to download the Medical Information Form (MEDIF) and examples of filled in forms.
- [Precautions during travel]
- An aisle seat is recommended for easy access to the lavatories.
- Perform leg exercises during long flights.
- Fasten the seatbelt over a blanket so that pressure is not applied directly to the uterus.
Taking a flight directly after scuba diving poses a risk of decompression sickness, as onboard air pressure is less that that on the ground. The initial symptom of the illness is joint pain in the hands and feet.