What are the considerations for air travel during pregnancy?
• You should abandon travel plans if the following
should crop up: cramping, bleeding, severe swelling
of the face and limbs, fever. Get your doctor to approve
before embarking on the trip.
• Be sensible in your planning that is do not
overdo it by preparing a hectic itinerary and having
unrealistic expectations of yourself even if you are
feeling absolutely up to it.
• Avoid high-altitude or nonstop overseas flights
because oxygen levels tend to dip as planes cruise higher.
This may cause both maternal and fetal heartbeat to
rise and affect baby's oxygen level.
• Airplanes are very dry and you need to stay
hydrated therefore you should drink plenty of fluids.
Choice of fluid should be water of course. Carry along
an empty bottle, and fill it after clearing security.
Bring along nutritious snacks even if meals are served,
just in case.
• Get an aisle seat, close to the washroom - you
may need to visit one often. Pre-arrange bulkhead seat
or seat close to the exit to ensure extra leg room for
• Wear loose clothes, loose fitting shoes in case
of swelling. Avoid pantyhose and clothes that constrict
the waist. You may consider wearing support stockings
to help with the circulation.
• Be mobile on board whenever weather permits;
in case of turbulence taking those short walks may not
be a good idea after all. Standing up, wriggling your
toes while seated or the numerous visits to the washrooms
should help with the circulation.
• Don't skip wearing seat belts just because you are
bigger now and feel these belts can be a source of discomfort.
Buckle the adjustable belt right under your belly.