Q. I've received conflicting information about traveling during pregnancy. I want to attend my grandfather's 80th birthday, and and I'd need to fly in my 38th week of pregnancy from the New York to Arizona. My doctor says there are no health risks associated with flying while I'm pregnant (other than the baby may be born in Arizona rather than here at home), but I've heard that some airlines won't let you fly after 35 weeks into the pregnancy. Is this true?
A. The rules on this vary from airline to airline, but it's always a good idea to check with your physician right before your trip and get approval in writing. Many airlines, like Northwest and American, require a doctor's note for those traveling within 30 days of their due date. Bottom line: Call your airline, and check their web site, and see what their individual rules may be, but have that note handy, just in case.