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Travelling pregnant by plane

Useful information to help you with air travel during pregnancy including information on flying pregnant, pregnancy flight restrictions and airplane safety.
Studies show that for most passengers there is no increased risk in flying, however flying is still probably the form of travel which raises most anxiety.

If you plan to travel abroad while you are pregnant, try and do your flying between 15 and 28 weeks. There is a lower risk of miscarriage or labour during this time frame and you will probably feel betterin yourself, however you may wish to consult your midwife or GP before booking a flight.

Most airlines will not let you fly during the last few weeks of pregnancy, not because it is dangerous, but because they would prefer you not to give birth on the plane. As different airlines have different rules it is advisable to contact the airline you plan to fly with to find out their policy. Most airlines require a medical certificate after 28 weeks and will not let you fly after 36 weeks. The rules keep changing, so check before you book and remember to take into account the dat of your return journey.

Pack sensibly, if you can buy or borrow a suitcase with wheels then do so to avoid excess straub. Carry your medical details, a contact number for your GP, a note saying you are pregnant and any other relevant information in case you are taken ill.

During the flight
  • Wear loose fitting clothes and comfortable shoes. Several layers of clothes are ideal so you can adapt to different temperatures. When you are pregnant, your temperature tends to be higher, but cabin temperatures can feel cool.
  • Drink plenty of water before and during the flight, avoid alcohol, coffee, tea and fizzy drinks, which are all dehydrating.

  • During the flight Get up and walk around regularly.
  • Rotate your ankles regularly.
  • Position the seat belt underneath your bump and tell staff you are pregnant when checking-in.
Swollen ankles

The extra fluid in your body during pregnancy often causes ankles, feet, wrists and hand swell. Long journeys make this worse, when possible sit with your feet higher than you heart.

Immunisation and high risk countries

Some vaccinations, especially those using live vaccines are not recommended during pregnancy. If you have to travel to a high risk area then vaccination may be safer than risking illness, so discuss this with your GP and midwife.


Your pregnancy is a 'pre-existing condition', check your policy to see if you will be covered. Hospital charges abroad can be enormous, a premature birth or medical problem are distressing enough without a huge bill at the end. The same level of medical cover as we receive in Britain is not available throughout Europe. Even when travelling in the UK consider insurance to cover costs such as cancellation or delayed return.

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Now I am a teen and Im pregnant. I want to fly around my 6-7 month in the summer, is that a good idea? Because I don't know much about this because its my first and it was unexpected of course.
by titikimm 21st Apr 2011, 5:40pm
I travelled when I was only 10 weeks pregnant and it is my first baby, the flight duration was only 3 hours, and no complications at all.. My GP said as long as you are healthy and have no bleeding or feeling well, then it is safe to travel. However, one of my friends got a flu because of changing the weather and she had a miscarriage, she was only 9 weeks.

Basically, it is safer to travel you complete the first trimester. You don't want to regret it later, a holiday can always wait.
by NadaY 10th Nov 2010, 8:50am
can i fly after 32 week of pregnancy
by basha 1st Nov 2010, 4:46pm
is it advisable to travel on plane on your 6th month of pregnancy??

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by leenaray 28th Oct 2010, 2:22pm
hi im currnetly 7weeks pregnant and will be flying at 9weeks to turkey. is this safe?? x
by laurendalton 28th Sep 2010, 4:19pm
Women who are having a healthy pregnancy are free to travel as they pleased. The ideal time to fly is between 14-28 weeks pregnant because there are lower risks of complications, also there is not morning sickness and we feel stronger. My doctor recommended to travel after 12 weeks (10 weeks gestation). I have read so many forums about this subject and some women flew without any problems but others were less fortunate. If you are not sure, the best thing is to ask your doctor and make a decision based on what is best for you and for the baby. If it is a holiday, I suppose it can wait. It is your decision... I am personally 8 weeks pregnant and I will be flying (9hours) at 14 weeks. Good luck!!!!
by Faith11 13th Sep 2010, 9:45am
i just found out that im 3 weeks pregnant and i have booked to fly to the uk, but im flying from australia and then 2 weeks later i will be flying back to Australia. im not sure how this will effect me and the baby. i also have type1 diabetes.
by d23 12th Aug 2010, 10:26am
Hi my partner was being very romantic by bookin me a holiday after our ivf cycle knowing that we would need a hols after everything, we are due to go to America when I will be 10wks preg, does anyone have any advice on whether u think we should go or cancel it??
by ClaireNSi 12th Aug 2010, 10:25am
i have just found out im pregnant i must be about 2 or 3 weeks gone and im flying to spain in 11 days time will i be ok to fly?
by cutie24 12th Aug 2010, 9:09am
hi am flying to america which is a 8 and half hour fly and i go in 6 weeks and i will be 11 week pregnant am worried incase anything happens would it be safe?
by aliciamarypeers 11th Jun 2010, 5:23pm
i am flying and am 6 weeks pregnant i am flying for 3 and a half hours is safe to do so?
by inta 18th May 2010, 5:34pm
We booked our flights to go to Spain this may but I will be seven and a half months pregnant do you think it will be safe? Nic xx
by KNEE 14th May 2010, 5:30pm
I've literally JUST found out I'm pregnant!! so excited, but I'm due to fly to Dom Rep for 3 weeks in 2 weeks time, will I be ok to fly long haul??? I can't be anymore than 4 weeks gone.
by MVC 14th May 2010, 5:27pm
i am a flight attendant and just found out recently that im expecting. im 4 weeks soon as i learnt the news i quit flying. In my case flying was different as the trolleys are really heavy so are the exit doors and the constant take offs and landings also do not help while pregnant..i felt bloated in the air nd in discomfort due to the air pressure. Moving up and down helped a lot so if you need to travel by air, make sure you'll get enough exercise. Every 15 mins take a little walk..mind the seatbelt sign though:))
by someszti 14th May 2010, 4:49pm
I will be 9 weeks and need to travel interstate as this is my first pregnancy I am a little stressed. Is this safe?
by Budgena 30th Nov 2009, 10:01am
I'm only invery early stages of pregnancy 3-4 weeks however I need to fly from Edinburgh to Manchester on a weekly basis with my work. This will be starting from November for 8 weeks so I will be further on my then. It is only a short flight but I still have concerns and have not told my work yet that I am pregnant, as it's so early on.
by Dawn0407 8th Oct 2009, 9:23am
I'm planning to fly when I'm 9 wks pregnant, it's just a 30 minute flight each way, but I don't want to risk anything as I had a miscarriage back in may. How safe is flying in the 1st trimester. By the way my other pregnancy was just a baby that stopped developing and not complications
by maddy06 23rd Sep 2009, 5:21pm
what of travelling by air at 4weeks.How safe is it?
by Niyi 14th Sep 2009, 10:23am
HI there, I am travelling to New Zealand from the UK next week, and will be 7 weeks pregnant. Will it be ok to travel this distance while pregnant?
by geemorz 24th Aug 2009, 9:02am
I am 9 weeks pregnent & travelling to India, is it safe ?
by RSK 10th Aug 2009, 9:10am
I am 6 weeks pregnant and have to travel to LA when I am in my 9th week of pregnancy for work. Is it safe?
by sheks 22nd Jul 2009, 9:28am
i am 7 weeks pregnant can i travel to India from Dubai by plane. Is it safe to travel?
by chintha 16th Jul 2009, 9:26am
I have booked a holiday to Sharm El Shikh in Egypt at the end of June but I have just found out I am about 4/5 weeks pregant so will be around 10 weeks when I go. Is it safe to travel there without the advised hep A and typhoid vaccinations and could I be putting my baby at risk by flying so early in the pregnancy?
by sharon247 19th May 2009, 11:53am
I will be going on holiday to tenerife in July when Im 23wks pregnant and flying home at 25wks. The midwife says its ok and it shouldn't be a problem but Im still really worried. It was all booked and paid for before I found out I was expecting. Can anybody put my mind at ease?
by VickyJo21 19th May 2009, 11:53am
hi terriC, i will be 11 weeks preganant when i go to egypt in may, i asked my doctor and he said not worry, he didnt emntion much about flying, so im guessing if there is anything to wory about he would of said. he did mention not to drink the water, eat fruit or their salad and to drink bottled water, not to handle the money and to try and stay within the resort. hope this helps
by jenjenjen89 22nd Apr 2009, 9:09am
i am travelling to america at the begining of June for 2weeks with my family, i am 11/12 weeks gone i was just wondering how do i go about finding out if am able to fly im travelling with virgin.
by vickki 21st Apr 2009, 10:12am
I've just found out that i am 6 weeks pregnant with my second child, it's all really new to me as with my first i didn't really understand as i was only young, this time round i'm all excited and looking forward to being able to enjoy my pregnancy. I'm going to Egypt in June and wanted to know if i would be able to fly?? Can you let me know or give me advise as it would help me alot.

by TerriC 14th Apr 2009, 12:32pm
Hello, Anita here I'm very new to this and expecting our first baby in july'09. this is my 20th week and i want to travel by air 2 hr journey to Dubai this week need any vaccinations or is this safe 2 travel at this stage pls advice me thankz..
by Suleman 23rd Feb 2009, 12:49pm
this was a very useful guideline thankyou
by loz1967 26th Jan 2009, 9:37am
first trmester pregnancy with help of ovulation induction. now at 8 weeks pv spotting. good cardiac acyivity . want to travel by air 2 hr journey. what to do?
by kaps 12th Jan 2009, 10:33am
i have recently found out im expecting im 11 weeks and i was due to fly in june this year my doctor has told me i can fly but im not going to risk being in tenerife at 7 and a half months nearly 8 months for me to fall ill or somethin like that so we have cancelled out holiday and lost a lot of money but things happen for a reason.
by loobyx 5th Jan 2009, 9:14am
i have flown 5 times since i found out i was pregnant,im now 17weeks gone and had no problems whilst flying everytime the flight was around 3hours i just drank plenty of water and tried to sleep through most of the journey.i think as long as you dont get stressed out your have a much better time of it.

by sarahlouise1987 1st Dec 2008, 9:23am
I am absouletly gutted!! I had planned to visit the Gambia with University and 3 weeks ago i found out i was 7 weeks pregnant..i went to see my midwife and she advised me not to go..not because of the travelling but because of the vaccinations and the harm they can do to the baby..So i lose my £100 deposit and get to wave my friends off at the airport :(
by Danielle1989 20th Nov 2008, 9:06am
im planning to travel to jamaica around 15-16 weeks pregnant, are there any risks in going to the caribbean island. would i need a vaccine?
by charl7 21st Oct 2008, 8:56am
i will be flying at 6/7 weeks pregnant and had a miscarriage in july will this be safe for the pregnancy. Last time i miscarried at about 8 weeks
by judithjc 2nd Oct 2008, 9:17am
I will be 6 months in october, will it be ok to fly
by Sambhi 10th Sep 2008, 10:19am
Hi JoJo. I am nine weeks pregnant and am flying to Cyprus this Sunday. Best advice is to be extra careful in terms of flight socks, drinking lots of fluid etc. Most of it is common sense really.....ive looked lots and lots on internet etc!! Ensure you have specfic pregnancy travel insurance tho, it is more expensive than normal but well worth it if you do need to go into hosp etc for anything baby related as you arent covered under normal insurance. xxx
by Casstia 24th Jul 2008, 9:27am
Hi, Im very new to this and expecting our first baby in March'09. I have just found out i am 7 weeks pregnant and we are due to be flying to Boston from the UK next week. Can anybody tell me from experience if this poses any/many risks to the baby. After 3 years of fertility treatment I dont want to take any risks!! (although this pregnancy was natural!). Many thanks
by JoJofr 14th Jul 2008, 8:48am
by AL33 20th Jun 2008, 8:42am
iM 30 WeekSz PRegNAnt CAn i Fly To GO SEE mY M0M 0R SHouLD ShE C0mE SEE mE?
by Blueeyesz 14th Apr 2008, 8:41am
im 12wks pregnant and due in sept, i ave a holiday booked frm last year b4 i fell pregnant, is it safe for me to fly to spain in july??
by Amanda2008 12th Mar 2008, 8:34am
my husband and have planned a holiday interstate for 7 days earlier this year for christmas, i found out just this week that i,m pregnant and having twins. i'm 12 weeks pregnant. can i still fly?
by chica 24th Sep 2007, 8:37am
i have been tryin to concieve and think i have me and my partner booked a holiday for september and by then i'll ony be 6 to 7 weeks pregnant could i still fly
by julieh87 30th Jul 2007, 2:21pm