This is generally a personal decision made together with your doctor. If you feel well enough to fly and your doctor gives you the thumbs-up to do so then you can. It is the case that it is safer to fly before 37 weeks if carrying one baby, and before 32 weeks if you are expecting twins or more. After this stage, there’s a higher possibility that you could go into labour, so it is best to avoid going too far from home if you can.
It is always worthwhile speaking with your doctor or midwife if you plan to travel at any point during your pregnancy especially if you have had complications with your pregnancy or have pre-existing conditions.
It is also worth contacting the airline you are flying with to see if they have any restrictions on travelling whilst pregnant. In some cases they may ask to see a doctor’s note stating that you are fit to fly and many airlines won’t allow you to travel after 36 weeks.
Check their terms and conditions before you book to make sure there are no hidden surprises. Informing the airline in advance may also allow them to make provisions to ensure that your journey is as comfortable as possible.
When considering a trip abroad during your pregnancy, the flight might be one of the biggest things on your mind to tackle. Here are some tips for keeping comfortable on the plane when you are pregnant.
- Be sure to drink plenty of water as flying is dehydrating.
- Wear flight socks or stockings, and move around the cabin regularly to reduce the risks of blood clotting.
- After the 28th week of pregnancy, most airlines will request that you provide a letter from your midwife or GP advising that you are fit to fly and confirming your delivery due date.
- Talk to your GP or midwife before travelling if you have any concerns or have had any prior complications during your pregnancy.
After you’ve had your baby, some airlines will not allow them to travel on flights until they are two weeks old, so do check with your airline for their requirements as this could cause problems should you give birth whilst overseas.