Can I Fly During Pregnancy?

Provided all is well with your pregnancy, there’s no need to ground your flight plans. Check out the small print regarding flying and pregnancy safety.

Flying during Pregnancy

The NHS Fit For Travel website states that flying is prohibited “after the 36th week of pregnancy or 32nd week for multiple pregnancies.” Before that, the sky’s the limit—unless you’re bedridden with a rotten case of morning sickness, of course.

Typically, the second trimester is considered the optimum time for travel; you’re usually over the nausea and fatigue hump, but not yet saddled with a burgeoning belly and the attendant aches, pains, and exhaustion.

The reasons behind the pregnancy flight restrictions include risk of trauma from turbulence, increased risk of blood clots from staying seated for extended periods of time, and the most obvious—the possibility you go into labour in the air, without access to certain medical interventions should things get complicated.

Before you book that return ticket, check in with your midwife just to be sure you’re good to travel. And make sure your insurance covers your travel, and see whether the airline requires a fit to fly certificate to cover the return trip.

Via netmums.