Flying during pregnancy is fine up to a certain point if you are having an uncomplicated pregnancy.
At what point of pregnancy will I have to stop flying?
Many airlines will not carry pregnant women after 36 weeks or 32 weeks if they are carrying twins. This is due to a fear that they may go into labour on the journey.
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 have questions, book an appointment with your doctor to talk your travel plans through.
Do I need special insurance when flying in pregnancy?
Yes you may need to look at your insurance to check if it covers maternity. If you are flying out of the country, check that you have adequate travel and medical insurance. Check up to how many weeks the insurer will cover you for. Think about getting special maternity care cover. Look for an insurer that covers care and transport home if you give birth early as this could cost thousands of pounds.
Tips for flying during pregnancy
- Check whether you need any immunisations for the country you are travelling to, and if so, whether they are safe to take in pregnancy
- Carry your pregnancy notes with you in your hand luggage.
- During the flight, avoid coffee, tea and alcohol
- Be sure to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
- If the flight is long haul, it’s a good idea to wear support stockings or socks, keep moving your feet and get up to walk around frequently, as there is a small risk of developing blood clots.
Back ache or pain is very common in pregnancy, but there are things you can do to reduce it.
You are likely to find that your second pregnancy has differences to the first time you were pregnant.
It’s common to feel unusually tired when you’re pregnant, and it can be very frustrating if you can’t get to sleep.
The fact that you’ve had a previous abortion is not likely to affect your pregnancy.
As a pregnant employee you have legal rights, and this includes paid time off for antenatal appointments or antenatal and parenting classes.
Stretch marks appear mostly on your stomach, breasts and thighs. They look like darker lines or streaks and they appear as your bump grows and your skin stretches.
No, it’s unlikely you will have an internal examination (inside your vagina) until you go into labour unless there is any concern that needs to be investigated.
After 12 weeks it is not harmful to take folic acid but the neural tube will have grown and so it will not benefit from it.
If you have already had a normal pregnancy and baby, and this pregnancy is considered low risk, giving birth at home has been shown to be just as safe as birth in a hospital unit.
The Department of Health has developed a vaccine for pregnant women to protect their babies against this illness until the babies can be immunised themselves.
There doesn't appear to be any evidence to show that hair dye is unsafe in pregnancy.
- 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