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NFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE ALTITUDE SICKNESS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is a set of symptoms, ranging from mild to life-threatening, developing as a result of a person being exposed to lower than normal pressures of atmospheric oxygen (O2), during and after ascent to high altitude (generally more than 2,500 m [8,202 ft]). This could happen if you are in inadequately pressurized aircraft, but usually is the result of climbing to mountain locations without giving your body adequate time to acclimate (to get used to) the higher altitude.


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