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Is it Safe to Fly When You’re Pregnant?

Mums to be, you’re in luck! If you’re looking to book a pre-baby escape, the NHS has given you the go ahead providing you check with your GP or midwife before you fly.

So if you can’t wait to get your babymoon started, you and your bump are free to cover all corners of the globe. But, if you still have a few reservations, here are some frequently asked questions.

How late into my pregnancy can I fly?

We always recommend checking what your airline policy is before you fly. In most cases you have up until 36 weeks to squeeze in a quick holiday. If you’re expecting twins, airlines will only carry mothers up to 32 weeks.

Be aware that anything after 28 weeks will require a fit to fly note from your doctor or midwife. Your fit to fly note must include…

  • Your due date – you’ll be asked for proof of this before boarding
  • A statement declaring you’re in good health
  • Proof that your pregnancy has been straight forward
  • To be dated no earlier than two weeks before your departure

Can I go abroad in the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy?

Your first trimester can be full of nausea and extreme tiredness, this leaves the choice to travel up to you.

The NHS Guidelines states there’s no reason not to fly as long as you’re feeling well and have discussed it with you GP beforehand.

Will it be worse if I fly long haul?

It all depends on your comfort, everyone experiences pregnancy differently but the first and third trimester are knowingly the worst times of your pregnancy for the likes of sickness and body aches. After all, carrying another human being inside you can be hard work.

As long as you’re content to fly long-haul, you’re at no greater risk than any other passenger. There is the usual risk of deep vein thrombosis and blood clots, but if you wear the recommended correctly-fitted compression stockings you’ll reduce those risks.

How can I make my flight as comfortable as possible?

There’re a few precautions you can take to ensure your time flying is comfortable, we’ve come up with the ultimate check list.

  • Reserve your seat – the more space the better! Bag yourself some extra leg room and an aisle seat for the ultimate comfort
  • Drink plenty of water – it’s always important to stay hydrated, but with the cabin pressure you should drink more than usual. At least two to three litres in 24 hours is recommended
  • Pack snacks – those pesky cravings will probably get the better of you
  • Wear loose clothing – this is a given, the baggier the better
  • Move around as much as possible – walk up and down the aisle to avoid getting cramped up
  • Adjust your seatbelt – make sure the strap lies below your bump rather than over it – recommended by the NHS

Are airport scanners harmful to my baby?

Airport security scanners use low-frequency electromagnetic field to look for metal objects. Airport staff walk through security scanners nearly every day, as well as millions of other holidaymakers, you’re at no extra risk being pregnant.

Are there any destinations I can’t fly to?

No, the sky is your limit! However, we recommend checking the Foreign & Common Wealth Offices website to see if there are any precautions you need to take for your chosen destination. It’s worth mentioning your chosen destination to your midwife or GP, just so you’re completely covered.

Is there anything I can do to prepare?

It’s very important that you know how to find help when abroad, this includes the details for the nearest doctor and hospital. You should always keep your maternity notes and medical history on you, which should include…

  • Your blood type
  • Any medication you’re taking
  • Anything you’re allergic to
  • Details of your doctors at home

What about when my baby is born?

If you’re due to go on holiday as soon as your baby is born, we recommend checking with your airline regarding when your baby can fly. Some airlines allow newborns who are as young as two days old onboard, however others will only allow babies at least two weeks old to fly.

In some cases if your baby is less than two weeks old, a letter from your GP stating your tiny tot is fit to fly is necessary. Also, if you have given birth by a caesarean section, you may not be allowed to fly until after your six-week postnatal check-up.

Keep in mind that children can no longer travel on their parent’s passport, you will need to apply for a passport for your baby.

Now you’re all set – why don’t you check out some of our fantastic deals and grab some pre-baby holiday relaxation.