If you’ve had an uncomplicated pregnancy, flying should not pose any risks. However, here is a list of 10 things all pregnant women should take into consideration before boarding a flight.
- Check with your gynecologist if it is okay for you to fly.
- Be sure to bring a bottle of water to keep hydrated (one liter for every 3 hours of flight).
- Bring along a special pillow to put your feet up and help circulation (this prevents swelling).
- Always take the aisle seat so you can go to the bathroom quietly and frequently.
- Get up to walk 5 to 10 minutes for each hour of the flight’s duration.
- Place your seatbelt below your belly, not above.
- Have a healthy snack in your purse in case of fatigue or low blood sugar.
- Have international medical insurance and make sure you know how to use it.
- Travel with a pregnancy control card.
- Have a laminated list of emergency contacts in your purse. These can include family members, doctors, hospital, insurance company, and policy number.
All airline policies include assistance for pregnant women and generally allow passengers with less than 30 weeks of pregnancy to board as long as they don’t have any additional impediment. However, always be sure to check before buying your ticket.