Quick & Easy Tips For Flying Pregnant

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Does the idea of flying pregnant make your nervous?

You’re certainly not the only one.

Flying pregnant is safe up to week 28. 

However, flying when you have uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms can make for some discomfort if you aren’t prepared.

Here are some insider tips for flying pregnant.

The ones I think are the most important:

  • Drink only water while flying pregnant. It cuts down on the swelling in your feet and legs.
  • Ask someone else to get your carry on bag from the compartment above you. It’s not a good idea to lift anything that’s even a little bit heavy right now.
  • Wear wide shoes. This is because your feet may swell and wide shoes give them room..
  • Leave your wedding ring at home. Feet aren’t the only things that can swell when you’re flying. Your fingers are likely to swell a bit too.
  • Ask if there are any empty seats before boarding is announced. If there are, you may have more room to stretch out.

While flying pregnant is safe, there are times when it is not safe. A couple of examples are:

  • During your 3rd trimester
  • If you have a health condition, such as a high-risk pregnancy or diabetes that is not well controlled.

Something else to think about when flying pregnant is the danger of DVT or deep vein thrombosis. In laymen’s terms: bloodclots.

When you’re pregnant, you are more susceptible to developing blood clots. Here are 2 things you can do to keep from getting blood clots:

  • Drink lots of water. This will help to thin your blood, thus helping to prevent blood clots.
  • Walk up and down the aisles as often as you can. This helps to keep your circulation moving.

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