Flying when pregnant: What You Should Know

Flying when pregnant: What You Should Know

The bottom line: travel doesn’t increase your risk of early labor or miscarriage- and most women can do it safely. 

That said, it’s not recommended if you: 

have a blood cell condition like anemia or sickle cell disease, have any heart or lung condition that restricts your breathing, are at risk of premature labor, or have recently experienced vaginal bleeding. 

Before You Book

About to click the ‘Buy Now’ button? Here are a few things to consider before you do. 

When is it safe to fly?

It’s safest to fly before 37 weeks for one baby, and before 32 for twins. To be safe, speak to your GP, obstetrician, or midwife before you take a flight.

Airline rules

The airline could ask for a letter from your doctor or midwife confirming your due date if you’re more than 28 weeks into your pregnancy. Some airlines won’t allow you to fly after 37 weeks, so be sure to check with your airline before booking. 

Medical facilities

Find out if there is a maternity hospital close to your destination before you book. Also, note if there are local facilities for premature babies just in case. 

Cost of medical care overseas

 Pregnancy is unpredictable. You could end up in hospital for weeks on end if you develop ruptured membranes or threatened preterm labor, for example. So it’s crucial you make sure your travel insurance covers you while pregnant. 

Travel vaccines

Talk to your GP or obstetrician if you are traveling to a place that requires vaccinations. Make sure you get the correct vaccinations needed for risk areas.

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