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Wondering if it is safe to fly while you are pregnant?

Generally, flying while pregnant is okay up to 36 weeks of pregnancy, but consult your doctor or midwife before traveling. The provider’s approval for your travel may depend on how far along you are in the pregnancy, the length of the flight and the availability of medical care at your destination.  Be sure to give those details to your provider.

What trimester is the best time to fly?

If you are pregnant and planning on flying, it is important to plan ahead. The second trimester is usually the easiest time to travel as your belly isn’t getting in the way of anything. You are past some of those pesky early symptoms like morning sickness and fatigue.  Second trimester also has the lowest risk for pregnancy emergencies.

Below are some tips to help you have a great flight.

Flying while your pregnant does involve a few challenges, but planning ahead and asking for help will have you at your destination in good form. Below are a few good tips:

  • If you have foot and ankle swelling try purposefully move your feet and ankles on a regular basis to help with circulation and set a phone reminder every 30 minutes to keep you on track to actual do it.
  • Consider choosing an under-the-seat carry-on bag that can do double duty as a footstool during the flight.
  • Asking for help doesn’t come easily to some of us, but people are more than happy to help a pregnant woman, so be sure to ask for help getting your bags in and out the overhead bin!
  • Dr. Tatnai Burnett at the Mayo clinic has some other great travel tips. Check them out!

Some airlines have special rules about pregnant passengers, or require a doctor’s permission at certain stages of pregnancy.  Below are links to a few common airlines:

Alaska Airlines: There are no restrictions. They advise you to check with your provider before traveling. Click here for more information.
American Airlines: There are some restrictions.  Click here for an up-to-date list.
Delta Airlines: No restrictions and no medical certificate required.  Click here to get the latest information.

Looking to talk to someone about your upcoming trip? Or about your pregnancy?