Air travel during pregnancy is a very
misunderstood topic. Some will tell you that it’s unsafe for you to travel
during the first weeks, others will say that it’s unsafe to travel during the 3rd
trimester. Some people might even say you should avoid air travel altogether
while pregnant. Knowing what is true and what is actually safe can quickly
become overwhelming with so many different schools of thought on this topic.
most cases flying is safe up until the 36th week. Most airlines won’t even let you board the plane if you are 36 weeks
pregnant or more.
However, this only applies to women with
healthy pregnancies. If you have dealt with any type of complications, you will
need to check in with your doctor to see whether or not you are cleared to fly.
In fact, we recommend checking with your doctor at all times before flying
Tips for Flying While
Even if you get cleared for flight during
your pregnancy, there are still a few tricks you may want to consider in order
to make your flight easier to handle.
- Belt Placement: When flying as a
pregnant woman, the lap belt may become an issue. However, there are moments
when you have no choice but to buckle up. Doctors recommend placing the lap
belt under your abdomen to avoid any complications.
- Drink a Lot: Drinking often is important
during pregnancy, but it’s even more important while flying. Most airplane
cabins have low humidity levels, which can lead to dehydration. By drinking a
lot of fluids, you can prevent dealing with dehydration.
- Circulation: It’s a good idea to promote
circulation and blood flow in your body. You can do this by taking regular
walks up and down the aisle from time to time. If you absolutely need to remain
seated, make sure to stretch your legs regularly.
- Airline Policies: Always make sure to
check the airline’s policies before flying with them while pregnant. Each
airline can set different regulations and some may refuse pregnant women after
a certain amount of months pregnant. They may also have special requirements,
so it’s always best to check into their requirements and policies first.
- Security Plan: Make sure you make a
backup plan for medical attention if needed in the area that you are visiting.
Look into where the nearest hospitals are located. Look into whether or not
your insurance plan is covered in that region. Make sure that if needed, you
can get medical attention quickly.
Are You a Frequent Flyer?
Flying on occasion is no big deal, but if
you’re a frequent flyer and pregnant, you’ll want to discuss this with your
doctor. For instance, if you’re a flight attendant or if you travel often on
business. Airplanes flying at high altitudes and give off some radiation
exposure, which does no harm when flying on occasion, but if you plan on flying
regularly, your doctor may want to limit your flight hours during your