Pregnant women often have concerns about the safety and comfort of air travel. The biggest question is usually whether it’s okay to fly pregnant. The short answer to that is yes, but let’s take a closer look at some of the precautions and things to know to have a safe trip for you and your baby.
When is it Safe to Fly?
The safest time to fly is generally during the second trimester, between 14 and 28 weeks. During this period, the risks of common pregnancy emergencies are at their lowest. Most airlines allow pregnant women to fly up to 36 weeks with a letter from their doctor.
Sitting still for long periods can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). So try to walk around the cabin every hour or two and do simple stretches in your seat. Booking an aisle seat and wearing compression socks can also be helpful.
Be Prepared and Informed
Finally, make sure your travel insurance covers pregnancy-related conditions and gives you adequate healthcare coverage in your destination. And don’t forget to listen to your body. if you feel unwell, consider postponing your trip. Your health and the baby’s well-being should always be the priority.