Flying during pregnancy: How to stay comfortable and safe
When it comes to summer holidays or even just trips in general, many mums-to-be can become a little worried about flying. Depending on your destination, while most airlines will allow you to fly with them until your 34th week with your doctor’s written permission, although it can be a little uncomfortable the further along you are.
In order to stay comfortable and safe, have a read of the following tips:
1. Don’t forget to buckle up
You absolutely need to fasten your seatbelt when the seatbelt sign is on, no matter how big your bump is. Ask for a belt extension to give you that bit more room and sit it just under your abdomen rather than across your belly.
2. Walk around
Get up and walk around as often as possible to keep your circulation moving, but if you have to stay seated do stretch your legs and flex your ankles. Flight socks are a good idea as they will keep your circulation flowing.
3. Stay hydrated
Make sure you stay hydrated when flying so drink plenty of water and fluids and avoid caffeine.
4. Where to sit
If possible, book yourself into an aisle seat so that you have a little more room to move. You are also more likely to get up and walk around if you don’t have to climb over a number of people to get there.
5. Wear comfortable clothes
You are likely to swell during the flight thanks to cabin pressure so wear comfortable shoes and trousers – leggings are always a good option. Either wear a pair of socks or bring some in your bag so that you can take your shoes off.
6. Discuss your plans with your GP or midwife
While it is perfectly safe to fly when you are expecting, it is important you discuss your plans with your GP before you book anything. Your healthcare provider may advise you not to fly if you are considered high risk or if there is a chance of pre-term labour.
And remember, to check the airline's policy on flying when pregnant - the last thing you want is to be refused to board.