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Baby on board: is travelling safe during pregnancy?

Greece ● 25 April 2018
 

Air travel during pregnancy can be a source of anxiety for pregnant women. Airlines do not allow pregnant women to travel during the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, and some of them have an even stricter non-flying policy beyond 20 weeks. Are you planning to travel to Greece this summer, you are pregnant and you don't know what to do? Read this article and learn everything you need to know!

Pregnant woman at the airport

If pregnancy is without complications, there is no evidence that a flight can be harmful for the woman or the baby. The risks and the precautions do not differ from the ones for the general population. The major concerns are the changes in the atmosphere, the decreased humidity and the exposure to radiation. As far as we know, no scientific evidence exists that the change in cabin air pressure or the decreased humidity might have a harmful effect in healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies. The same applies for other worries, such as that flying causes the waters to break.

However, with any flight, there is a slight increase in the amount of radiation you are exposed to. This amount is very low and poses no significant risk to both the mother and the baby. Regarding the whole body scanners, their radiation is less than the radiation in a standard X-ray. In any case, the safest time to travel by aeroplane is the 2nd trimester of pregnancy.



Before flying, we recommend you to discuss it with your doctor and check that the time schedule does not interfere with any important tests for the pregnancy. Have with you all your medical records and medication, and if you travel abroad, check your insurance policy coverings. You should also be informed about special precautions for your destination, such as necessary vaccines.

For Greece, you don't need to take extra precautions and worry about immunisation. However, if you travel to the Greek islands in summer, from May to September, you should be very careful with the sun in order to avoid heat- or sunstroke. It is better to visit a large island, such as Crete or Rhodes, which has organised beaches with all the touristic facilities you may need (sunbed, umbrella and beach bar), as well as equipped hospital.

We wish you a pleasant flight and stay!

Where to Stay

Hotel & Spa in Olympia, Greece Olympic Village Hotel Resort & Spa
Olympic Village Hotel Resort & Spa
Ancient Olympia, 27065 Olympia, Greece

Olympic Village Hotel Resort & Spa is located in the beautiful valley of Alfeios river in the famous and picturesque village of Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games in the western Peloponnese. The hotel lies within a 15-minute walk from the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia and a 10-minute walk from the main street of the village.

Villa in Kavala, Greece Villa Nickolas
Villa Nickolas
44, Melinas Merkouri Str., Paleo Tsifliki, 65500 Kavala, Greece

Villa Nickolas is located in Palio Tsifliki, Kavala, just a minute's walk from the beautiful beach. The center and port of Kavala is a 15-minute drive away. The Airport of Kavala is a 40-minute drive away.

Studio in Xiropigado, Greece Oniro Apartments
Oniro Apartments
Xiropigado, 22001 Xiropigado, Greece

Oniro Apartments enjoys a quiet location just a few minutes' walk from the center of Xiropigado. The beach is just a 2-minute walk away. The town of Nafplio is 22 km away.


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