Nervous about flying while pregnant? Travelling with a bump might complicate things but it is still possible to have a relaxing trip if you follow a few simple guidelines.
Dr Vanessa Mackay, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, gives us the lowdown on flying while pregnant from the regulations to handy tips to make your trip as easy as possible.
Soon you'll be wondering how to travel with a little one or how best to encourage them to sleep.
For now, here’s all you need to know to have a safe and comfortable trip while pregnant…
Is it safe to fly when pregnant?
It’s usually perfectly safe to fly during pregnancy. There’s absolutely no evidence to suggest that flying in your third trimester increases the chances of early labour or your waters breaking. However, check with your doctor before flying if you have had any medical issues during your pregnancy such as spotting, diabetes, high blood pressure, excessive morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum), a previous miscarriage or early birth.
At how many weeks pregnant is it safe to fly?
Guidelines from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists suggest that it’s safest to travel before 37 weeks if you have a single pregnancy. "After that time, labour could occur at any time, so it’s unwise to fly," explains consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Vanessa Mackay. "If you’re pregnant with more than one baby, it’s wise to lower that limit to 32 weeks."
13 tips for flying while pregnant:
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