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The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy, Answered

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Can you actually fly while pregnant?

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Even those who don’t know much about pregnancy will have heard the one about avoiding flying while pregnant. So, is it legit or an old wives’ tale? Always check with your doctor because your situation might be different than someone else’s. In general, the American Pregnancy Association says that it might be fine to travel by air during all stages of pregnancy. The best time is during the second trimester after people are passed the morning sickness and before baby bumps get too big. Major airlines with pressurized cabins are good while smaller planes are best avoided. Self reveals that airlines have varying guidelines for pregnant passengers. For example, some carriers will want signed notes from an obstetrician if you’re close to your due date.

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