Khloé Kardashian Flew to Japan While 8 Months Pregnant — Is That Safe? (Video)
Expectant mom Khloé Kardashian flew in the face of critics, literally, as she boarded a flight to Tokyo to have one last babymoon-style trip with her best girls Kourtney and Kim this week. And fans and trolls alike have an opinion about the fact that she's flying across the world just a few weeks shy of her due date.
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After the social media queen shared posts from Tokyo (looking fabulous as ever in a body-hugging, sparkly mini dress), criticism started pouring in. Not only are people wondering why she cradles her bump as much as she does, but they're also questioning why she would risk flying so close to the end of her pregnancy.
Even celebrity blogger Perez Hilton voiced his concern.
While it's certainly not unheard of for pregnant women to go into labor unexpectedly in flight, it's likely that Khloe's travel plans checked out fine with her doctor. Khloé hasn't confirmed her exact due date, but she has revealed that she's in her third trimester, putting her at at least 28 weeks. At eight months, she would be about 32 weeks along.
If you're wondering about when the cut-off is for flying during pregnancy, air travel during your third trimester is perfectly safe for a woman experiencing a healthy pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, barring any medical complications, air travel until 36 weeks of gestation is generally considered safe and allowed on most commercial airlines. In terms of comfort and reducing risk, flying during the second trimester may be most ideal. After 36 weeks, most airlines advise against flying.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists does also advise that the duration of the flight should be considered when planning travel (and Japan is just about as far as you can possibly go). If you are pregnant and wondering if a trip is OK for you, always consult with your healthcare provider to get a personalized and informed professional opinion regarding your unique pregnancy.
As of now, Khloé hasn't responded to the backlash over her decision to fly to Japan. But of course the social media queen is no stranger to online criticism. Last year, while on vacation in Costa Rica, she defended her knowledge of geography to critics who called her out on a photo she captioned "Island Vibes," saying, "Please stop reading so deep into everything."
Given that far-flung vacations may soon be harder for the first-time mom-to-be, perhaps we should let her live her best vacation life while she still can.