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Travel tips for mums-to-be

Air travel advice for jetting off while you're expecting

Looking to take a trip before baby comes along? There are certain things to consider if you want to take a trip abroad while you’re pregnant.

We’ve put together some tips on travelling while you’re expecting.

Is it safe to fly when pregnant?

According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, if you have a low-risk pregnancy and you’re in good health, flying abroad for a break should have no effect on your unborn baby 1.

 There are no extra health risks related to flying when you’re pregnant, but you might experience:

  • Increased fluid retention in your legs
  • Worsening of pregnancy sickness
  • Increased likelihood of blocked ears (ouch)

These might be a little uncomfortable, but they’re not considered dangerous to you or the baby.

Of course, make sure you check with your doctor before you fly, particularly if you have any additional medical conditions that put your pregnancy at higher risk. 

Preparing for the flight

To make sure your flight is as straightforward and comfortable as possible, there are a few things you can do in advance to prepare.

Talk to your GP

Having a chat with your GP or midwife about your travel plans before you leave.

Check health advice for your destination

It’s a good idea to check there are no additional health risks to pregnant women at your destination. Your GP – or the Foreign Office – can let you know if there are any particular vaccinations or precautions you should take.

Check with your airline

Depending on your airline, you can usually fly up until 36 weeks (or 32 weeks for twins or multiple pregnancies). But check with your airline or travel agent before you leave to make sure you’ll be able to board. If you’re more than 28 weeks pregnant, it could be worth getting a signed certificate from your GP or midwife to prove you’re fit to fly.

Let your insurance company know

Contact your travel insurance company and let them know you’ll be travelling while expecting – that way, if you do need assistance, they’re more likely to be able to help.

Pack your medication

Good advice for any traveller, but it’s worth repeating. Remember to take any medication or documents you could need with you on holiday - just in case.

Staying comfortable on the flight

Advice for mums-to-be is the same as for everyone else: stay hydrated, move around the cabin, and wear loose, comfortable clothes 2.

Compression stockings could reduce swelling in your legs, as well as lowering the risk of blood clots. Calf exercises and regular walks up and down the plane can help, too. 

Fit your seatbelt under your bump to stay comfortable, or if it doesn’t fit, ask for a seatbelt extender from the cabin crew. 

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