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Flying While Pregnant

Posted on 14th August 2015 at 1:11pm

Things To Consider When Flying While Pregnant

Flying When Pregnant
Many women who become pregnant and who have already booked a holiday are unsure if it is safe to fly while pregnant. According to health experts and the NHS, as long as there are no complications with the pregnancy it is safe to travel.

However, when a woman is pregnant there is a heightened risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and for that reason it is advisable to speak to your doctor before travelling abroad.

Expert Advice

Many health experts advise pregnant women not to fly 12 weeks before they are due to give birth. If a woman plans to fly 12 weeks before they are due to give birth, then they need to understand the risks involved and the risk of going into labour earlier than expected.

Extra Leg Room

It is important when flying while pregnant to book with the airline extra leg room. If for some reason the extra leg room seats are already booked up, it would be advisable to contact the airline and explain that you are pregnant. A lot of airlines will arrange for you to have the extra leg room seats with or without a charge.

Other Points to Consider

1. Wear DVT socks. Wear massage sandals or shoes with adjustable straps in case your feet swell.

2. Get up and walk around the cabin every two hours or so.

3. Take an eye mask and ear plugs and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

4. Rest as much as possible.

5. Pregnant women are very susceptible to dehydration, so pack a supply of vitamin-rich fresh fruit such as grapes, plums, oranges or dried apricots.

6. Make sure you have a two-litre bottle of water with you.

7. Avoid tea and coffee, which may increase the risk of DVT.

8. Take lots of snacks.

Individual Airline Policies

Each airline has their own rules, but most airlines will require a letter from your doctor if you are pregnant and plan to fly 12 weeks before the birth date. It is also important to be honest with your insurance company, failure to do so could result in medical bills not being paid.
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