Traveling by plane during pregnancy: what is recommended?

Is it advisable to travel by plane during pregnancy? Many women ask themselves this same question when, for whatever reasons, they must plan and prepare their trip.

The most important thing is always to have the recommendation and advice of our doctor. Then, it is necessary to consult the restrictions established by the different airlines. However and, on average, that limit between some airlines and others is between week 32 and 36 of gestation.

Beyond that week 36 and entering the ninth month of pregnancy, access to future mothers is prohibited. Likewise, we must also take into account a detail. In case of multiple pregnancies (twins, for example) the companies can be more restrictive, like the German Lufthansa that does not allow access to twin pregnant women who are in week 28.

Traveling by plane during pregnancy: what should we take into account before the trip?

When it comes to traveling by plane during pregnancy, there is no major problem if we have not entered the most advanced stage of pregnancy. However, as always happens in these cases, each woman is unique and lives a particular situation. Sometimes factors such as nausea prevent future moms from traveling, even during the first trimester.

Other times, there may be previous health problems that make it difficult not only to be able to travel, but also to carry out other tasks, such as active work life. The most important thing is to discuss it with our doctor so that he can recommend us what is best. Likewise, it is also a good suggestion to take into account very basic tips:

  • At the time of booking It is important to indicate to the airline the week of pregnancy in which we are. Many establish restrictions and it is key to know them.
  • Schedule the trip well. Make sure that the country or city you are traveling to will be able to treat you medically in case of what you need.
  • It is best to reserve a seat in the front row or in the seat facing the aisle. In this way, access will be easier, as well as being able to leave comfortably to go to the bathroom.
  • Pack a light carry-on, but have the basics for you. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • Important is that include a travel kit in your suitcase with those drugs that your doctor has prescribed.

Most airlines establish access restrictions for pregnant women between weeks 32 and 36.

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Tips during the flight

Flying during pregnancy requires not improvising, as much as possible. Anticipating certain things and having the doctor's phone number handy, for example, is always a good option. As is also keeping in mind a series of basic tips during the flight.

You have preference when accessing the plane

Most airlines have included in their policies to give preference to pregnant women when boarding. If you haven't pre-booked your seat, always look for the one closest to the bathroom. Also the one that is more spacious and that facilitates access to the corridor.

Seat belt

The belt should always go below your abdomen. Avoid being oppressed.

Stay hydrated

It is important that you drink plenty of water. Even if this makes you have to go to the bathroom frequently, it will improve your circulation and allow you to avoid fluid retention problems.

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When traveling by plane during pregnancy it is recommended that you bring your own food. If they allow you access to the cabin with your travel bag, don't forget to include healthy snacks and fresh fruit. Avoid resorting to fizzy drinks.

Walking and exercising to activate circulation

It is important that every hour of travel you go out to stretch your legs. Activating circulation reduces the risk of thrombosis.

On the other hand, it will also help us to perform simple exercises for the hands and feet. Simply clench your fists for a few seconds and then relax. As for your lower limbs, try to perform circular movements with which to move your ankles.

During the flight it is important to get up and walk for 5 minutes every hour to reduce the risks of venous thrombosis.

Caution when traveling by plane during pregnancy

Studies, such as those carried out at the University of Bristol, show us that traveling by plane does not pose a risk. There have been, yes, specific complications on trips of more than 4 hours. This is when the risk of venous thromboembolism rises a bit. But the risk, we insist, is low.

The most important thing in all cases is to follow the recommendations of the doctors. Also, knowing in advance the restrictions that each particular airline applies will help us to organize the trip with greater security.