Many women have uncomplicated pregnancies during which they can continue with regular life activities such as getting on a plane. If you are one of these fortunate and adventurous types, check out this list to make sure you are fully prepared before you board your flight.
Tips for Flying while Pregnant
- Safety: Make sure you have your dates right. As you get closer to your due date, you probably don’t want to be too far from your doctor or closest hospital. Airlines also have restrictions around how late in a pregnancy a woman can fly so be sure to check their guidelines. You may be required to provide a letter with your due date and a clear bill of health. Most doctors and pregnant women will agree that the second trimester is the best time to fly. Finally, regardless of when you fly, make sure to carry your prenatal chart and relevant
records with you in case you need any medical assistance. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Seats: Request an aisle seat so you don’t have to mount fellow passengers during your frequent bathroom visits. If your flight is not too full ask them to block the seat next to you at check-in.
- Clothing: Moderating your body temperature is hard enough during pregnancy and you may find it harder on a flight. Dress in comfortable and loose layers and carry DVT socks to prevent deep vein thrombosis (available at your local pharmacy).
- Food: It’s true at most times, but never more so than during pregnancy: don’t depend on the airlines for food. Carry your own snack bag and even meals if you have certain preferences or are easily nauseated (or both). And hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
- Be Sensible: Don’t fly if you are not feeling 100%. Don’t travel to places where you may not have access to proper healthcare or require immunizations, and for heaven’s sakes, hire a porter to help you with your bags!
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