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Can I Take a Flight in the Second Trimester?

It is safe for women to fly during the second trimester as there are no real concerns with regards to air pressure, and oxygenation, says Dr. Manijeh Kamyar, maternal-fetal medicine specialist in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah. Some women may be uncomfortable sitting in one position for an extended period, though. “If you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t stay sitting in one place for more than one to two hours at a time, as it significantly increases your risk for a blood clot,” says Kamyar. “It helps to get up and walk around several times during your flight.” Women with high-risk pregnancies or health issues, should talk to a physician before any long trip – via air or ground transportation, says Kamyar.

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