Flying will never be as easy with a baby or toddler in tow, so take advantage of the mode of transportation early on in your pregnancy. Your physician will recommend that you don’t fly once you’ve reached 36 weeks. The likelihood of you going into labor and being away from home is high. Hence, the restriction.
There are some other things you should know about flying while pregnant. Even the airlines consider it a risk once you’ve reached the final stages of pregnancy. Rather than take a chance that could leave you without your primary care physician, stay close to home as your due date nears.
If you insist on traveling for one reason or another, knowing what to expect can help avoid any conflicts that might occur along the way. Consider this your short, but helpful, guide to flying restrictions during pregnancy.
Fly early in your pregnancy.
You’ll get an “all clear” from your doctor as well as the airline when you opt to fly before you’ve reached the latter stages of your pregnancy. You won’t be feeling as fatigued early on as you will when you’re ready to give birth. The likelihood of you going into labor on the plane lessens, too, making flying somewhat less risky when you’re first pregnant.
Make sure that the airline doesn’t enforce restrictions on pregnant women.
Ultimately, the company has the right to say whether it feels comfortable tending to pregnant passengers. When in doubt, contact the airline. Make sure you’re able to request seating that is comfortable. An aisle seat is often best because you may need to use the restroom several times during the flight thanks to your baby pushing on your bladder.
Stay hydrated and get adequate nutrition before flying.
Carry an empty, refillable bottle with you. That way, you can fill it up with water before boarding. You may also want to eat a little something pre-flight to make sure that you don’t feel nauseous. Look for healthier options such as yogurt, fresh fruit, and cut up vegetables if possible.
Wear comfortable clothing.
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Be prepared just in case you do go into labor.
Rather than fly blindly into another city, it’s important to know the name of a local practitioner and the hospital that you can go to in the event you go into labor while visiting your destination. You can even provide the information to your general practitioner at home so that the two can be in communication with one another if necessary. Having a copy of your medical history on hand is also important because it allows the medical staff at the hospital to help you quickly.
Being prepared to fly while pregnant helps eliminate many of the mishaps that occur while traveling. You’ll be ready for anything that comes your way. More importantly, you won’t feel sick or uncomfortable because you took the extra time to be prepared.
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