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Bumps on board? Mums-to-be want to know when it’s safe to fly

Holidays can be your last chance to spend time alone as a couple before baby arrives. But travelling can be stressful – especially with a bump on board!

However a new survey by Netmums and The London Ultrasound Centre shows that mums-to-be are confused by the lack of consistent guidance on when it’s safe to travel during pregnancy, with 20% unsure whether it’s safe to fly at all when expecting.

Some airlines allow mums-to-be to fly up to 37 weeks of pregnancy, while for others the cut-off date is 34 weeks or even earlier1.  So it’s not surprising that the majority (85%) of women surveyed want standard guidance to make it easier to plan their pre-baby holidays.

Siobhan Freegard, founder of Netmums, said: “Mums want clear information about when it’s safe to fly.  While every pregnancy is different, standard airline guidelines would relieve some of the stress and time spent planning a holiday, making that all important relaxing holiday that little bit easier to come by.”

The survey found that mums-to-be are taking matters into their own hands rather than relying on inconsistent airline guidance.  Nearly two-thirds (61%) of women surveyed stressed the importance of checking their pregnancy health before they travel, with 81% talking to their midwife before confirming travel plans.

Mr Darryl Maxwell, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Medical Director of The London Ultrasound Centre, says: “The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends that the safest time to fly is before 37 weeks if you’re carrying one baby or before 34 weeks if you’re having an uncomplicated twin pregnancy1, and I would urge airlines to follow these guidelines.  In the meantime, finding out your chance of early delivery is a must if you’re planning a pre-baby getaway, since babies don’t always turn up to schedule.  Premature Birth Screening can take away a lot of the guess work, giving mums-to-be an accurate prediction of their chances of going into early labour.”

Premature Birth Screening combines the results of an ultrasound scan, fetal Fibronectin test and medical history to give mums-to-be an accurate prediction of their likelihood of going into early labour.  Over a third of respondents said they’d consider having the screening to help them make their travel plans.

The London Ultrasound Centre is a pregnancy and gynaecology scanning clinic near Harley Street, London offering a range of scans in addition to Premature Birth Screening.  To book a scan or find out more visit or call 020 7935 4450.

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