Flying While Pregnant

Planning a Babymoon or Trip before your baby’s arrival? Don’t let it be stressful! I’m sharing my tops tips for getting ready to fly – bump and all!

Plan it for the right time

If at all possible, plan your trip for during your second trimester when you’ll most likely have your energy back. Not only will you feel more like yourself, but you’ll hopefully also be over any morning sickness that the first trimester brought along. If you still experience nausea, pick a flight time that corresponds to the part of the day where you feel your best. Also, be sure to check with the airline about any restrictions they may have while traveling. Some international airlines restrict travel after 28 weeks. It’s also worth noting that mamas of multiples have stricter limitations. As always, check with your doctor before flying to be sure.

Stay Hydrated

It’s super important that you stay hydrated during your trip. A great tip that my doctor shared was to bring an empty reusable water bottle and fill it up once you’re through security. That way, you don’t have to pay the up-charge for a water bottle inside the airport.

Wear Compression Socks

Cabin pressure is likely to cause your feet to swell while flying. Compression socks or tights are a good idea and will help keep your circulation flowing.

Book An Aisle Seat

Frequent bathroom trips are a must while pregnant. Book an aisle seat to avoid climbing over other passengers in your row. It’s also helpful to walk around often to help with circulation and any back pain. Be sure to hold on and brace yourself just in case there’s any unexpected turbulence.

Buckle Up

Once you’re seated, buckle up. The ideal position for your seat belt is under your belly. Be sure to request a seat belt expander if necessary.

Wear Comfy Clothes

Do yourself a favor and dress comfortably. Pregnancy is already uncomfortable enough. Add in air travel and you’ve got yourself a real uncomfortable situation. Try wearing leggings and a flowy top or a maxi dress. It’s also smart to bring a light jacket just in case you get cold.

Prepare for Nausea

Even if you’ve had the perfect pregnancy with no morning sickness, nausea can still occur due to turbulence or while landing. Prepare for the worst and have a bag ready just in case. Also, be sure to sip on your water and snack often to keep something in your stomach.

Look Into Travel Insurance

Look into getting Travel Insurance for your trip. Most Travel Insurance plans don’t include pregnancy so be sure to read the fine print. If necessary, find a plan that covers any unexpected circumstances that may lead you to have to cancel your trip. It’s also a good idea to have it just in case you need to visit a doctor if traveling outside your local insurance coverage area.

Take It Easy

Bring a rolling suitcase so you don’t have to lug around heavy luggage. Always ask for help from your partner or a flight attendant for putting your baggage into an overhead bin. Also, if you’re feeling uncomfortable, don’t be embarrassed to ask for help and request a wheelchair or cart transfer. This can even work when going through customs and sometimes, they will let you skip the line all together. When in doubt, just ask!

I hope you found these tips helpful! Let me know if you have any other tips or tricks to share in the comments below.

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