Medical Q&As

Pregnant - fit to fly?

I am currently 17 weeks pregnant and am planning to go on holidays to Lanzarote for one week in mid September. I am in very good health and my GP has advised me that it is safe to go. However, my husband is still worried about the holiday. I have done all I can to reassure him and have said that not going on the holiday would do me more harm than going. I have held all of my leave from work until September. Can you advise me on the best course of action?

You will be approximately 21 weeks pregnant around the time that you intend to fly, which is generally considered to be the best time for a pregnant woman to fly. You are no longer in danger of miscarriage and the risk of premature delivery is remote. The general medical consensus is that air travel at this time in a pregnancy is safe for both mother and baby. I concur with your GPs opinion. You should go on your holiday.