Up to the thirty-sixth week, flying is safe. See your doctor before you buy tickets. Seeing your doctor will assure you that all is well with your baby and you, or you may be advised to not travel far from home.
Keep in mind that you need to keep a priority on your precious package. It may be good to postpone your flight in these cases:
- If you’re expecting twins
- If you have diabetes or hypertension
- If you’ve had bleeding or abnormalities in the placenta
- If the diagnosis of preterm labor is suspected
Even when you feel well, and you have no complications in pregnancy, flying is not a good idea in your last month of pregnancy. Airlines sometimes deny flight to a passenger who is in their third trimester.
If absolutely necessary to take a flight, it may be a good idea to take a copy of your prenatal chart with you. This will contain all the necessary information in the case of an emergency. Also, ask about any maternity hospitals near where you’re landing in the event of an emergency.
Where should you sit on an aircraft?
Try to get a seat over the wing as there are fewer shakes and rattles during takeoff and landing. Relaxing is key to being pregnant on a flight. Always stay away from coffee, tea, and caffeinated beverages before and during the flight.