Travelling while pregnant is largely safe ‘up to 36 weeks’

Prince Harry will be attending his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral this weekend, after flying to England from California.

But his wife Meghan Markle won’t be able to make it, after her doctor recommended she doesn’t travel.

Meghan is pregnant with her second child with Harry, and is expected to give birth in early June.

In keeping with Royal tradition, Meghan and Harry haven’t shared her due date, but according to the Sunday Telegraph, she is due to begin her maternity leave in four weeks.

Despite making “every effort” to attend, Meghan will be following the advice from her doctor and staying in the US, according to Royal correspondent Omid Scobie.

It’s also not clear whether Meghan has had her coronavirus vaccine yet, which would make travelling during the pandemic even more risky.

Is it safe to travel while pregnant?

According to the NHS, most women can travel safely well into their pregnancy if the proper precautions are taken.

Travelling depends while pregnant depends on your situation and your doctor’s advice.

Sarah Reynolds, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Travel during pregnancy is a concern for many women.

"But if your pregnancy has no complications then there's no reason why you can't travel safely, as long as you take the right precautions."

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According to the NHS, some women prefer not to travel during the first 12 weeks due to “nausea and vomiting and feeling very tired during these early stages”.

The advice continues: “The risk of miscarriage is also higher is the first three months, whether you’re travelling or not.

"Travelling in the final months of pregnancy can be tiring and uncomfortable. So, many women find the best time to travel or take a holiday is in mid-pregnancy, between 4 and 6 months.”

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Flying isn’t harmful to the baby, but the chances of “going into labour is naturally higher after 37 weeks”, or 32 weeks if you’re carrying twins.

Dr. Makeba Williams, an OB-GYN at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, told INSIDER: “That is the point at which labor could more often occur, and no one wants to have to ground a plane because you're going into labor."

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Some airlines won’t let you fly towards the end of your pregnancy.

Long-distance travel, longer than four hours, also carries a small risk of blood clots.

According to Healthline, most airlines in the US allow women to fly domestically before the 36th week.

However, some international flights restrict travel after 28 weeks.

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