By: Dani Hampton
Flying the friendly skies is always an adventure but add a pregnancy and you’ve got an epic journey ahead of you! Don’t worry though because it’s nothing that can’t be overcome with just a little extra planning.
It’s important to first check with your doctor to get his or her okay to book your trip. The experts at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) say the best time to fly is in your second trimester (between 14 and 28 weeks) when you’re least likely to have a medical emergency. In my experience, this trimester is the sweet spot for any type of travel because you have the greatest amount of energy and still feel comfortable.
One of the biggest challenges when flying while pregnant is comfort. It can be hard enough to get comfortable in your own bed, let alone a tiny airplane seat. Even worse, the idea of being stuck in one place for an extended period of time can feel daunting. If you’re flying while pregnant, here are five tips to get you through a jet-setting adventure without wanting turn around and go home:
- Get up and walk around every hour.
- Bring plenty of snacks and stay hydrated throughout the duration of the flight.
- Pack two neck pillows in your carry-on: one for your neck and one to place in the small of your back for added support.
- Choose an aisle seat so you’re able to get up and down comfortably as much as you’d like.
- Select a flight that allows you to keep your routines – not too early, or too late.
It’s also important to know that most commercial airlines allow pregnant women to travel up to 36 weeks, though some require medical clearance from a doctor for travel in the third trimester (international flights may have an earlier cut off). Be sure to check with the airlines you’ve selected for their rules. Happy travels!