While this may be a controversial topic for some people to discuss the good news is that it is completely possible for flight nurses to continue operating in the field while she is pregnant.
Several flight nurses who have worked as flight nurses while they were pregnant have suggested having regular visits to an OB to ensure that there are no complications or issues regarding their pregnancy or child-birth while working on board an aircraft.
Since the cabin of the aircraft is often pressurized and flight nurses can become very physically active while on duty it is important to have regular check ups to ensure that everything is ok and that the fetus is growing in a healthy manner.
If there are any signs of complications or issues a Doctor or OB will be able to point it out so please be sure to get regular check ups.
Note: While there aren’t any records indicating that a pressurized cabin will have a negative impact on pregnancy or child-birth it is still worth bringing up when visiting your OB or Doctor to get their insight into any possible dangers that can affect a pregnancy.
It is also suggested that the flight nurse works with an organization or hospital that allows her take maternity leave and suspend her work when she or her doctor believes she is no longer able to safely operate on board an aircraft and that she will be able to return to work after a specific period of time.
This of course should be discussed before conception if possible to make sure that there aren’t going to be any problems regarding work or the pregnancy when the time comes.
Flight nurses who do reach a certain stage of pregnancy may also choose to work on the ground at a hospital or health care organization as a registered nurse so that they can continue to earn an income until it is time to take their maternity leave.
Those who do decide to work or continue working as flight nurses while they are pregnant will be glad to know that it can be quite safe to work far into their pregnancy as long as they follow certain steps and practices including:
1) Getting permission from their Doctor and OB that it is ok to continue working on board an aircraft while pregnant
2) Getting regular check ups to ensure that the child is growing healthy and isn’t having any complications
3) You are physically capable of continuing your working and aren’t under any physical or mental strain
4) It doesn’t affect your ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet
Disclaimer: Those who are considering working as flight nurses while pregnant should always consult their doctor and/or OB regarding whether or not it is safe to operate as a flight nurse while pregnant. The information contained here is simply to help inform you about what other flight nurses have done and to give basic information regarding those who have worked or are interested in working as flight nurses while pregnant. This information should not be followed without the consent of a qualified Doctor or health care specialists approval.