They say flying is tough with a baby in tow, but what about those nine plus months a baby is chilling inside of your body? You’re uncomfortable, your body has stretched into a shape you couldn’t even fathom, and you’re not even sure if it is safe to fly while pregnant.
I get it. Travel is stressful enough without worrying that you’re going to put your baby, or yourself, in harm’s way. But flying doesn’t have to add to the stress. The Mayo Clinic noted on that, for most healthy, low-risk pregnancies, a woman can fly until she’s 36 weeks along. After that, the chances of going into labor are too high for your health care provider to give you permission to board a plane. Your doctor may also have reservations about certain trips, so seeking out their expertise on the matter and asking them if they think it’s safe for an eight hour flight to London is important.
Let’s be honest, the biggest issues you might find while flying during your pregnancy is trying to comfortably strap a seat belt around your baby bump and being hungry at 39,000 feet with nothing to eat but a bag of peanuts to fill the void. These seven tips can help you travel safely as a mom-to-be and keep the stress of flying at bay.