Pregnant women

Flying puts additional strain on the body. If you want to fly during pregnancy, there are a few things to take into account.

A man holds his hand on the belly of his pregnant wife

General notes

Flying is not a problem for women enjoying a straightforward pregnancy. Nevertheless, we recommend that pregnant women talk about the upcoming flight with their gynaecologist before embarking on their travels.

To protect mother and child

Please note the following if you are planning to fly during pregnancy:

  • At Austrian Airlines pregnant women may fly until the beginning of the 37th week of pregnancy.
  • Any risk pregnancy is an absolute contraindication for flying.
  • Discuss any flight during pregnancy with your gynaecologist or treating physician, as you could be at increased risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.
  • When travelling with a codeshare partner, the regulations of the respective airline apply.

Useful tips

Thrombosis prevention

With a flight duration of more than three to four hours, an increased risk of thrombosis is possible under certain conditions. The incidence of thrombosis can be increased by pregnancy. A consultation with the treating physician is therefore necessary in advance of the flight.

Countermeasures

  • Ensure sufficient fluid intake. Depending on the duration of the flight, you should drink an additional one to two litres. Avoid excessive intake of coffee and black tea, as these drinks have a dehydrating effect.
  • Exercises in the aircraft help to accelerate the flow of blood in the veins. In addition, you should wear clothing that is loose and comfortable to avoid restricting the blood flow.
  • Compression stockings of compression class 1 - 2 are recommended, even in the case of a low risk for thrombosis. Most of the time, calf-length stockings are sufficient. Please note: Expert advice is absolutely necessary prior to purchasing because poor quality material or a bad fit at the back of the knee together with folds are unsuitable for prevention.

More Information on Traveller’s Thrombosis can be found on our page "Healthy Travel".

Entry requirements

Please find out about the entry requirements of your destination country, as authorities can refuse the entry of pregnant women. In the event that you are not permitted to fly due to the country-specific legal situation, Austrian assumes no liability. It is therefore urgently recommended that you find out from the relevant authorities about the country-specific legislation regarding flight permits for pregnant mothers.

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The slightly reduced oxygen pressure in the aircraft is not a risk to mother and child. However, if you are aware of any limitations on the function of the placenta, you should not fly during your pregnancy.

The metal detectors at the security control at the airport are not dangerous because they work magnetically. However, radiation exposure is generally increased when flying. Occasional long-haul flights in the context of a single long-distance trip are generally not considered dangerous.