IMR Press / CEOG / Volume 46 / Issue 6 / DOI: 10.12891/ceog4885.2019
Open Access Review
Air travel during pregnancy: an update review and practical recommendation
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1 City Hospital of Aschaffenburg, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aschaffenburg, Germany
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St. Vinzenz Teaching Hospital Hospital, Hanau, Germany
3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis
4 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rea Hospital, Athens, Greece
5 TEI Technological Educational Institute of Athens, University of Athens, Greece
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2019 , 46(6), 862–866; https://doi.org/10.12891/ceog4885.2019
Published: 10 December 2019
Abstract

Objective: Nowadays it is easier for pregnant women to travel abroad. The purpose of this review is to insure that healthcare providers advise pregnant women of the risks to travel by airplane. Materials and Methods: The authors provide an overview of the risks of thrombosis in pregnancy to travel by airplane and the risks of miscarriage and preterm labor. This study is based on electronic literature using the best available evidence from PubMed, Medline, Google Scholar, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG), and the British Thoracic Society (BTS). Results: In the lack of evidence-based information, physicians and pregnant women should only rely on guidelines and experts’ opinions. Conclusions: In the absence of a reasonable expectation for obstetric or medical complications, occasional air travel is safe in pregnancy. The specific airline recommendations should be always kept in mind.

Keywords
Air travel
Pregnancy
Miscarriage
Preterm delivery
Venous thrombo-embolism
Aspirin
Low molecular weight heparine
Progesterone
Magnesium
Ritodrine
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