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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 in Agios Nikolaos, Greece Elounda Krini Hotel
Elounda Krini Hotel
Andrea Papandreou, Elounda, 72053 Agios Nikolaos, Greece

Elounda Krini Hotel is located 1 km away from the center of the popular seaside resort Elounda and just a 5-minute walk from the beach. The scenic town of Agios Nikolaos and the port is at 8 km, while the capital of Crete, Heraklion, is at 70 km. Supermarkets, shops, restaurants can be found within a 10-minute walk.

Hotel in Marathon, Greece Myrto Hotel
Myrto Hotel
34, Marathonos Avenue, Mati (Nea Makri), 19009 Marathon, Greece

Myrto Hotel is located in Mati, just a few-minutes' walk from the beach. Athens International Airport is 16 km away, while the port of Rafina, which connects you to many Greek islands, is 4.5 km away. The centre of Athens is 30 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
8.9 10
Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel
48, Syggrou Ave., 11742 Athens, Greece

Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the historical center of Athens, just a few steps from Acropolis and Plaka, next to the new Acropolis Museum. Athens International Airport is a 40-minute drive away.


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