Trouble-free flying in pregnancy

 

For women with uncomplicated pregnancies flying is problem free. Nevertheless we recommend that pregnant women talk to their doctor in advance about their forthcoming flight.

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  • Expectant mothers with complication-free pregnancies can fly with Lufthansa until the end of the 36th week of pregnancy or up to four weeks before their expected due date without a medical certificate from a gynaecologist. However, we recommend that expectant mothers beyond the 28th week of their pregnancies carry a current letter from a physician which includes the following:
    • confirmation that the pregnancy is progressing without complications
    • the expected due date
    • the doctor should expressly state that the patient’s pregnancy does not prevent her from flying.
  • Expectant mothers beyond the 36th week of their pregnancies or those with complicated pregnancies can request a certificate of exemption via Lufthansa’s Medical Operation Centre. From this time onwards pregnant women must submit a doctor’s certificate, dated within 72 hours of the scheduled time of departure. The certificate must state that the doctor has examined the patient and found her to be physically fit for air travel. It must also state the estimated due date.
  • In the case of a complicated pregnancy or twins or a multiple pregnancy it is essential to request a certificate of exemption from the 28th week of pregnancy.
  • Because of the increased risk of thrombosis during pregnancy, we recommend the wearing of compression stockings in the aircraft.
 

Independent of the health prerequisites mentioned above, derogations from these apply in some countries. Lufthansa accepts no liability where you are not given permission to fly on the grounds of a country-specific legal position. The same applies in cases where, because of your pregnancy, you are refused entry to your destination country on the basis of a local legal position. It is therefore strongly recommended that you find out well in advance from the relevant authorities about country-specific laws which relate to allowing expectant mothers to fly.

 

For questions and for further information, Lufthansa’s Medical Operation Centre is at your service:
Tel.: +49 69 696 55079
E-mail: specialservice@dlh.de

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