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Traveling while pregnant
Updated on 11 Dec 2017

Pregnant women can travel on board of TAP's  flights until 36 weeks of pregnancy or up to 4 weeks before the expected date of delivery for a pregnancy without complications, or 32 weeks when pregnant with twins or triplets, for a pregnancy without complications.

Before planning any air travel, pregnant women should get information regarding their destination country for possible restrictions or hazards for their health.

  • After the 28th week and up to the 36th week, a certificate from the attending doctor is necessary. 
  • Prior permission from the TAP's medical team is required in the following situations:
    • medium or high risk pregnancy;
    • pregnancy with complications;
    • no complications but over 36 weeks pregnant;
    • no complications but over 32 weeks pregnant with twins, triplets;
    • doubts as to gestation time and expected date of delivery;
    • expected complications during delivery;
    • risk of miscarriage or recent miscarriage.

The Medical Information for Fitness to Travel - MEDIF (PDF, 0.1MB, EN) form must be filled in by the passenger's doctor and sent to TAP for approval by the medical team, who will decide whether she can travel safely and under what conditions.

 

Useful recommendations

Before the flight:

  • Arrive at the airport with plenty of time so that all the boarding procedures and travel inside the airport can be done calmly;
  • Request an aisle seat for easier access to the toilet;
  • Take short walks, particularly on longer flights.

During the flight:

  • Wearing a seatbelt is compulsory. It should be placed under the belly in the pelvic region to avoid putting pressure on the womb;
  • We do not recommend the ingestion of fizzy drinks or certain vegetables before or during the flight as they cause gas to expand in the intestines, which may cause discomfort during the flight;
  • The air in the cabin is drier than on the ground; drinking water frequently during the flight is reccommended;
  • To reduce the risk of deep-vein thrombosis, particularly on flights of over three hours, pregnant women are encouraged to do leg exercises in their seat;
  • It is not advisable to travel less than 7 days after giving birth. The same applies for new-born babies.

After the flight:

  • In case of crossing more than three time zones during the flight, pregnant women must adapt their internal clock to the local time, by having their meals according to local time, going out in the sunlight and moderately exercising, such as going for short walks. This will help the body clock to adjust faster;
  • Medication for jet-lag is not recommended during pregnancy!
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