Flying during pregnancy is a major concern for many pregnant women. You may have to fly for business trips or a pre-planned holiday trip. Whatever is your reason to board a flight, flying is considered safe between the 18th and 24th week. The ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) opines that healthy pregnant women can safely fly up to the 36th week.
As such, you need not postpone or cancel your traveling plans. However, you may follow a few tips for flying while pregnant. These tips may be helpful for you to avoid unwanted situations during the flight. As you book your ticket, you may request for an aisle seat. This is because you may be suffering from morning sickness during your first trimester. As such, flying may make you even more susceptible to nausea and vomiting. Occupying an aisle seat, your way to the toilet is much more convenient. Again while being airborne, you may have issues with blood circulation.
To avoid circulation problems, you may walk down the aisle several times especially if your journey is a long one. Flexing your feet and rolling your ankles while being remained seated will also help. Also, you can wear compression stockings which will help improve blood circulation.
Constant snacking is also recommended as it will help you to supply your body and your baby with essential nutrients and keep off stress and tiredness. Also, take a lot water to keep your body well hydrated. If you feel any uneasiness during the course of the flight, immediately notify the flight attendants. Also, always carry your medical records with you as emergency situations cannot be ruled out completely.
The above tips for flying during pregnancy are meant only for those healthy pregnant women. If you have a high risk pregnancy, it is better to avoid flying. Not that flying is unsafe, but miles above the ground you not in an ideal location to meet emergency requirements. If you suffer from medical conditions such as high blood pressure or hypertension, cardiovascular problems, placental abnormalities, severe anemia, or gestational diabetes, you are advised against boarding a flight. Whatever is your case, always consult your physician before planning an air travel during pregnancy.