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Flying when pregnant doesn’t have to be stressful, especially if you plan ahead. We’ve outlined some tips for flying while pregnant and tried to answer the most common questions and concerns about travelling while pregnant below. For more on what you can bring in your hand luggage, check out our hand luggage rules guide.

 

Can you fly when pregnant?

 

It is always important to check with your doctor first and take any medical issues into account. Most women are able to fly comfortably during their first and second trimesters, and some airlines allow women to fly during their third trimester as well.

 

How far into pregnancy can you fly?

 

Many factors come into play when determining how late in pregnancy you can fly, and it’s important to talk to your doctor when flying at any stage of your pregnancy.  Some airlines may have specific restrictions, so you should check with the airline before you book.  For some airlines you may need written confirmation from your doctor or midwife to fly if you are further along than 28 weeks.  Restrictions vary, but most airlines will not allow women pregnant with one baby to fly after their 36th week, or after their 32nd week if pregnant with more than one baby.

 

When is the best time to fly when pregnant?

 

Many women who choose to fly when pregnant consider their second trimester to be the best time to fly as they are over the first trimester’s morning sickness and have a bit more . More information on the second trimester can be found here.

 

Do I need a doctor’s note to fly when pregnant?

 

If you are over 28 weeks pregnant, some airlines may ask to see a note from your doctor or midwife that states you are able to fly safely and comfortably.

 

Can I go through the security scanners while pregnant?

 

Yes, it is safe to go through the security scanners when pregnant, but if you are uncomfortable doing so, you may ask a member of security staff for a physical pat-down instead. You can read more about your airport rights .

 

Tips for flying while pregnant:

 

  • Consider where you would like to sit and if the flights you are booking allow you to select a particular seat. Depending on the airline it may help to check in for your flight as soon as you can so that you’re able to pick the seat that you want. Many expecting mothers prefer aisle seats, as it’s easier to get up for the toilet and also easier to stretch and move around the cabin.
  • Make sure that your travel insurance covers you during pregnancy; some insurers do not cover pregnancy, or some have restrictions on when pregnant women can travel.
  • Arrive at the airport a bit earlier than usual so that you don’t have to rush through security and have some time to relax before boarding.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing. Try to wear comfortable shoes, too, as cabin pressure may cause your feet to swell.
  • Make sure to keep moving during the flight (either with small exercises in your seat or the occasional walk around the cabin) so that you do not feel stiff or uncomfortable. This will also help with blood circulation.
  • Drink lots of water, as flying often makes people dehydrated.
  • Adjust your seatbelt so that it’s comfortably under your bump. Flight attendants will be able to provide you with a seatbelt extender if necessary.
  • Above all else, try to stay relaxed and focus on the amazing holiday ahead of you!

 

 

You can also read our article on flying with babies.

 

Please note, the information contained in this blog post is based on the best of our knowledge as at the date this post was created and is provided for your information only. It is not to be relied upon as reflecting the policies of all airlines and you should therefore refer to the policies of your airline before booking your flights and travelling.

This article contains general information and opinion about travelling when pregnant and is not medical advice.  It is always important to check with your doctor before travelling when pregnant and to take any medical issues into account.

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