Changes in altitude or temperature can aggravate morning sickness or nausea especially if you go to destinations with weather you are unused to, e.g. a ski resort or a very hot seaside resort. However, after adjustment you usually feel better. This adjustment may take up to three to five days. In the meantime, reduce outdoor activities and relax more. Get lots of rest. You are more likely to get dehydrated at highlands, in very hot weathers, or if you are vomiting from morning sickness. Drink lots of fluids. This is important as water carries nutrients through your blood to your baby. If you have headaches, irritability, or worsening nausea, go indoors into an air-conditioned place.
radiation in an
Whether we’re on land or in the air, we’re exposed every day to cosmic ionizing radiation, which comes from the sun and other stars. On the ground, the Earth’s atmosphere offers some protection from the radiation. At high altitudes, the air is thinner and radiation
levels are higher. However, they’re not high enough to be harmful to the occasional traveller. Radiation levels can be a lot higher during periods of solar flares — bursts of electromagnetic radiation caused by disturbances in the sun’s atmosphere. Luckily, solar flares are rare and last only a short while.
Some experts recommend that pregnant women check for notices about solar flares before flying. If a flare is expected, consider postponing the trip a day or two.
What if you’re a member of an airplane crew and need to fly frequently? Some experts think that cosmic radiation could pose a small risk to flight crews and frequent fliers. In some countries, pregnant crew members are reassigned to low-altitude flights or given temporary ground jobs during their pregnancies. But for infrequent air travellers, pregnant or not, the risk from cosmic ionizing radiation under normal solar conditions is considered negligible.
Is it safe to
fly during the
It is generally safe to fly up to 34 -36 weeks of pregnancy. However, in certain highrisk cases, it is prudent to postpone your travels if you:
- are carrying twins or multiple babies.
- have diabetes or high blood pressure.
- have low lying placenta or vaginal bleeding.
- are under observation for preterm labor.
- have a history of forming blood clots (including prior to pregnancy).
- have too much liquor (fluid) in the pregnancy (polyhydramnios), leading to risk of premature membrane rupture and premature labour.
Even if you’re having an uncomplicated pregnancy, it’s best to avoid flying during your final month whenyou’re more likely to go into labour. Many airlines won’t even let women who are due on board within a certain period of time before the flight. Despite what is shown in movies, cabin crew really don’t want you to deliver while in the air!
To avoid problems at the boarding gate, carry a note from your doctor stating your expected due date.
Dipetik dari i-exposure Vol 18 by Dr Eric Soh Boh Swee (Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist) – Island Hospital Penang
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