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flying when you're pregnant

If you’re pregnant and thinking about going away on holiday this Summer, we have some great tips to help make sure you’re safe, comfortable and relaxed while you’re up in the air.

Going on holiday while you’re pregnant can be quite exhausting, so remember to always listen to your doctor and body, and take a rest whenever you need to.

Is it safe to fly while I’m pregnant?

It’s usually safe to fly throughout most of your pregnancy. It’s safer during your first and second trimester but always check with your doctor, especially if you have any medical problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Flying during your third trimester is also usually safe, but again, always ask your doctor beforehand.

When is the best time to fly during my pregnancy?

Due to the feelings of nausea and morning sickness experienced in the first trimester, most women avoid flying during this period. It is also difficult to travel during your third trimester which is the period you’ll be easily fatigued.

The ideal time to fly is usually during your second trimester (between weeks 14 and 28), which is most women’s favourite time of pregnancy. The second trimester is where your energy levels will be higher and your hormone levels will give the boost that you need, leaving you feeling and looking great while you’re out having the time of your life.

How do I stay safe while I’m flying?

When you’re flying, aiding blood circulation is key. Make sure you’re moving your body around as much as possible. Not doing so could result in swollen feet and ankles, leg cramps, and even blood clots.

Getting up and walking up and down the aisle every hour or so and doing simple stretches can make all the difference in reducing swelling and discomfort. Taking the aisle seat is always a great help. Not only will it give you the extra leg room that you’ll need but it also means easier access to the restroom which is ideal.

How do I stay comfortable while I’m flying?

Flying while pregnant can get super uncomfortable, that’s why picking the right outfit for your flight is absolutely essential. Choose layers that are comfortable. You should also think of wearing something on your feet that will allow your feet to swell with less discomfort, like soft flats.

Also, don’t hesitate to let the airline staff know that you’re pregnant. They are there to help. Request all the blankets and pillows you need to make the journey as comfortable as possible for you.

What should I pack for the flight?

Packing the essentials will also ensure your flight is that much more comfortable. Think about packing a neck pillow and healthy snacks such as crackers which will help with nausea. Our nursing pillow can can provide you with the perfect neck support whilst minimising nausea. Keep it safe after your holiday, for those early morning feeds when the little one(s) arrive.

Remaining hydrated during your flight is also vital so be sure to take a bottle of water with you on the flight and take sips regularly. Maternity compression pantyhose are also a must as they’ll keep your blood flowing and reduce swelling.

Okay now ladies, this may be your final nappy-free holiday before you give birth so enjoy yourself and make the most of your trip. Remember to stay safe and have a great journey.

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