Today we are going to brief you on healthy tips to have at the back of your mind when flying pregnant.we all know how important this moment are in every woman’s life. For that reason we guide you on your pregnancy travel journey with tips to help you and make you comfortable when flying pregnant
Consult your doctor or midwife
Is very advisable to speak with your doctor or midwife before making plans of traveling or booking your flight ticket anywhere. Mind you that domestic flight within the country is perfectly fine, but a 12 hour flight to London may be a bit more strenuous on your body.most pregnancy are risk free and travel is something a mother can consider doing during these precious nine months – as long as your healthcare practitioner gives you the go ahead
Is flying going to harm your baby
Flying won’t harm your unborn baby and there is no more chance of early labour or any other complications while flying pregnant as with both feet in the ground.
The best time to fly while pregnant
Out of forty weeks of pregnancy which spans three trimesters, you experience different level of comfort. For most persons the second trimester will be the most comfortable. Woman experience mild to moderate level of morning sickness, various fatigue during the first trimester, with all this. you are really going to be very uncomfortable, At the last trimester you are going to be feeling quite heavy and too uncomfortable to be flying from one destination to another. So from 13 to 28 weeks will really be the best time to fly. You will feel most like your regular self and flying will be a breeze.
Unforseen circumstances during flight
Be rest assured that in the very slim event that your not feeling great and something happen, The airline staff are trained to assist you in any way that you may possibly need.
Were you should sit when flying pregnant
Growing weight hovering over your bladder, pregnant woman tend to need the bathroom quite often then the normal person. So you should get a sit close to the loo, ideally. This is towards the front or back of the cabin class, and of course, on the aisle. Unless your traveling with friends or family member who won’t mind being disturbed by your bathroom breaks, don’t forget to always make sure you book your seat in advance.
No one love the idea of carrying heavy bags around, pregnant or not. So please do yourself a favor by packing as light as possible to avoid having to carry any heavy luggage. Use suitcase on wheels and where possible, please do ask those around you to help lift your luggage up onto conveyor belts and into the overhead compartments on the airplane itself.
What to wear while flying pregnant
Consider your comfort first and that of the baby inside of you, so is advisable to go for looser pieces of clothing, maternity gown and pants are ideal as they allow for your expandable belly – ideal for when seated for long periods. Your feet need to be as comfortable as possible so think trainers,rubber-soled flats, sandels and all of those comfy shoes. Even better than regular laced trainers? Velcro straps for easy-on, easy-off access when flying pregnant.
Avoid sitting for long, stretches at a time and walk up and down the aisle to keep blood flowing. Pregnant woman are often more susceptible to blood clots and of course, Those unpleasant swollen ankles! Make sure you stretch and move your feet at least once every 30 minutes or so. And try to get up and out of your seat every two hours of sitting at least
Snacks for flying pregnant
Whether you’re flying for long distance or short distance, make sure to pack in some snacks. Your airline may not have the best option available for you to make your choice from, so don’t forget to pack your favorites in before flying. Eg fruit bars,nuts, energy bars and biscuits those can go a long way when trying to keep hunger at Bay. For dietary requirements during your pregnancy,make sure to book on time with the airline. Mind you,that your encouraged to eat variety of Foods and to enjoy everything in moderation, but if any specific food is making you feel extra bloated or just uncomfortable during your pregnancy then talk to airline staff up front.
Make sure you have a bottle of water beside you when flying.it may counterproductive as your going to be making use of the bathroom all the time, but it’s generally importanto stay hydrated when flying pregnant. Staying hydrated can keep early and false contractions at Bay,so you really want to keep that water at your side
Cut-off time for flying pregnant?
Most airlines insists that you can not fly once you have passed the 36-weeks mark. With just a few weeks untill your due date, are you traveling far away from your birthing facility? There are, however,some exceptions and most airlines are happy to accept a latter from your doctor stating that you are fit and able to fly up until 38 weeks into your pregnancy. Make sure you check with your airline ahead of time.
Have your Documents at Hand
Keep your medical notes from your healthcare professional at hand,along with your ID/passport,visa papers (if necessary) and boarding passes. This is required when travelling to more then one destination as it will save you from having to scratch around in your bags when asked to produce the documents that allow you to fly.
Moving around the airport and layovers
The most important point to stress here is that you try to be as comfortable as possible.connecting flights may not be what your were hoping for, but a Break from the long hours in the air to stretch your legs before boarding your next flight is nice. If your layover stretches are over more hours then you should feel comfortable to browse the airport shops,then consider booking into a nearby hotel ( if the visa permits) or just paying a bit extra to make use of the airline business lounges. You stand to get a decent meal,relax with your feet up
(Read: taking a 2 hours nap) and take a shower if the lounge has this facility
Why it’s good to have a travel insurance when flying during pregnancy
Most pregnancy are easy,but sometimes it can be unpredictable at times and you don’t know what might happen next with all that in mind, you may need to cancel your flight at the very last minutes as a result of not feeling great, you have a scan scheduled for that particular day. Travel insurance is always important,and especially if you’re flying in your first or third trimester.
Thank you for reading and don’t forget to share. If you have flown pregnancy before? What particular hack did you use and don’t forget to share with us through the comment box