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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!


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 in Corfu, Greece Eros Beach Hotel
Eros Beach Hotel
Benitses, 49100 Corfu, Greece

Enjoying views of the Ionian Sea, the family-run Eros Beach Hotel is located just opposite Benitses Beach in Corfu. The picturesque capital of the island with many historic buildings and the main port is at 14 km and Corfu International Airport is 11 km away.

Hotel & Appartment in Alonissos, Greece Pension Anna
Pension Anna
Patitiri, 37005 Alonissos, Greece

Pension Anna is 4 minutes walk from Patitiri beach in Alonissos. Being located on a small hill it overlooks the port and Patitiri town from its spacious terrace. The distance from Patitiri, the main port of Alonissos island, is 500 m. Alonissos island can be reached with a ferry boat from Skiathos and Skopelos islands or from Volos.

Hotel & Appartment in Samos, Greece Limnionas Bay Village Hotel
Limnionas Bay Village Hotel
Limnionas, Marathokampos, 83102 Samos, Greece

Limnionas Bay Village Hotel is located just 350 meters from popular Limnionas Beach in a small, Cycladic-style village of Limnionas in Samos. The island's airport is at 39 km, while the port in Vathi, the capital of Samos, is 53 km away. Karlovasi port is at a distance of 24 km.


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