Pregnancy and flying is a common question.
Most airlines will not carry pregnant women after 36 weeks or 32 weeks if they are carrying twins.
If you are over 28 weeks pregnant some airlines will also ask you for a letter from your doctor or midwife saying that they are happy for you to fly and your due date. It is important to check with the airline before you book the tickets.
If you are flying out of the country, you must check that you have adequate travel and medical insurance. Check up to how many weeks the insurer will cover you for. It is important you are covered as maternity care and especially care and transport home of a premature baby could cost thousands of pounds.
Book an appointment with your doctor to talk your travel plans through. If you need jabs to go to a country are they safe in pregnancy?
It’s wise to carry your notes with you in your hand luggage. During the flight, avoid coffee, tea and alcohol and be sure to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. It’s a good idea to wear support stockings or socks, keep moving your feet and get up to walk around frequently.
- Foreign Office, Foreign travel insurance - detailed guidance. London Foreign Office, 2014. Also available at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-insurance (accessed 4 June 2014)
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Antenatal care: routine care for the healthy pregnant woman, clinical guideline 62, London NICE, 2008