Flying as a parent can be a chore, but most everyone agrees that doing so is fine. What tends to garner more controversy is flying while pregnant. Should you do it? Will your doctor even okay it? If so, when is it safe to fly? These questions and many more can easily turn you off of flying during your pregnancy.
Generally speaking, it's okay to fly while you're pregnant. It won't negatively impact your health. What's most important is that you have a healthy pregnancy because it's safest to fly if that's the case. Should you have medical and/or obstetric conditions related to your pregnancy that may cause emergency care, doctors will instead recommend that you don't fly.
Doctors added that it's safe to fly during your second trimester. As a matter of fact, it's said to be the best trimester to be flying. This is because you're most likely to be done with the fatigue, increased bathroom breaks, and morning sickness that comes with your first trimester. In contrast, flying during your third trimester may be too uncomfortable due in large part to the size of your bump at that point in your pregnancy. Finally, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) revealed that the first and third trimesters are when obstetric emergencies are most likely to happen.
Typically speaking, doctors will recommend that you shouldn't fly or travel long distances in any way by the time you reach 36 weeks gestation. Depending on your age and/or any pregnancy complications, your doctor may tell you that long travels should stop prior to 36 weeks. Even if your pregnancy has been easy and your age isn't an issue, a lot of airlines have restrictions put in place for flying late into your pregnancy. If you must fly into your third trimester, a doctor's note may be necessary to ensure that the airline allows you to do it.
If you plan to fly during your pregnancy- regardless of how far along you are- there are plenty of preparations you should make before your trip. As previously mentioned, a doctor's note may help put the airline at ease that it's safe for you to fly. Depending on where you're flying, you'll also want to ensure that you're up to date on all your vaccines.
Outside of any necessary doctor's visits, there are some more things you can do while you're flying. Getting up and walking every couple hours or so will prevent potentially deadly blood clots from forming inside your legs, as well as deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). An aisle seat is best because you can get up with ease. Also, try to stay as hydrated as possible. Remember- flying while pregnant shouldn't be a stressful experience, so long as you're prepared and relaxed.