Flying during Pregnancy

Heading off on your hollibops? Good news is, air travel during pregnancy is possible! But read on before you go book a flight!

In general, flying while pregnant is perfectly safe, unless your pregnancy is complicated in some way. If you are experiencing medical difficulties in your pregnancy it would be advisable to consult with your health care professional before making any travel plans, and most mums-to-be prefer to check either way. It’s best to be on the safe side and get the go ahead from your GP or midwife regardless.

So you’ve gotten the go ahead…


Nice one, time to book a holiday!

While it’s safe to travel in both the first and second trimesters, the second trimester (18-24 weeks) is most popular as its most likely the stage when you’ll feeling your best- as energy levels are high and the not so lovely first trimester symptoms such as morning sickness are gone.

When you’ve figured out the when, here are some others things you should consider before booking anything;

  • Think about where to go. How long is the flight? Will you suffer from jet lag? Do you need vaccinations? Is it well equipped medically if you needed?
  • Check out the airlines policies on flying when pregnant, as these differ from airline to airline. You might also need to fill out an expectant mother medical confirmation and bring it with you. For more info, see Ryanair or Aer Lingus.
  • Make sure your current medical insurance covers you for travelling abroad whilst pregnant, and if not buy the most suitable insurance cover for your journey.


Once you’ve booked your holiday, here are some tips for flying while pregnant:


  • Ask for an aisle seat with extra leg room if possible (play the pregnancy card if you need too!). Unfortunately the emergency exit row is off limits, as its against airline safety policy if you are pregnant.
  • Do try to sit within a few rows of the on-board toilets for those urgent dashes.
  • Wear comfy clothes and shoes which don’t restrict movement and are loose (you have plenty of other opportunities to be a yummy mummy).
  • Make sure you drink a lot of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Try get up and stretch the legs every 30mins or so.
  • While sitting, flex your feet and stretch your legs to keep the circulation healthy.
  • Wear compression socks (flight socks) to reduce swelling.
  • Fasten your safety belt across the tops of the thighs so that it rests under your stomach rather than on it. And make sure you’re comfortable, ask for a seat belt extender if you need it.
  • Don’t forget to pack your prenatal vitamins or folic acid supplement.
  • Bring your  neck pillow for flying to get as comfortable as possible on the flight.
  • Keep your luggage as light as possible. You shouldn’t be carrying heavy goods during pregnancy.


If you have questions in relation to travelling during your pregnancy please contact your GP or your midwife.


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