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Air Travel While Pregnant- What You Need to Know

by | March 21, 2019

Do you travel often for work? Do you have a trip coming up for either leisure or family obligations? If you’re pregnant, these circumstances take on a whole new meaning. Not to worry, traveling while pregnant doesn’t have to be a daunting task and many women do it successfully. Whether you just found out you’re pregnant or you’re just about ready to pop we’ve got you covered on what you need to know. Here is what you need to know about air travel and pregnancy.

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Air Travel While Pregnant- What You Need to Know

Before 12 weeks

Some women may choose not to travel (if they can help it) during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. This is mostly attributed to the dreaded morning sickness that can ensue and even be heightened with air travel. Another reason that some women may be cautious about traveling by plane within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is the higher risk of miscarriage compared to the rest of pregnancy. The risk is present, however, whether you’ll be flying or not.

Mid-Pregnancy

Traveling during the second trimester of pregnancy would be the most comfortable option. The morning sickness has probably already subsided and you’re probably getting to know your pregnant self well enough to manage. As long as you have had a healthy pregnancy thus far, plane travel should be as much as a breeze as it could be.

28 weeks and beyond

Marking the start of your third trimester, at 28 weeks and further traveling by plane may be more uncomfortable, especially with anything longer than a couple of hours. As you approach closer to your due date, labor becomes more likely so you may want to keep your due date in mind, allowing for a generous time cushion. Small risks do blood clots are also something to keep in mind with long travels when pregnant so it is essential to take proper precautions as to not develop one.

The bottom line

As always, keep in close contact with either your doctor or midwife if you plan to travel. Travel is stressful for everybody and being pregnant, this stress may have a negative effect on you and baby. If your pregnancy has been healthy and complication-free it’s safe to say that any domestic plane travel shouldn’t cause problems.

Have you traveled by plane while pregnant? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments below.


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Gabriella Anaya

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