Pregnant women often have questions about the safety of flying while pregnant. With so much conflicting information out there, it can be difficult to know what is safe and what isn’t. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued guidelines on air travel during pregnancy that are helpful for expecting mothers who plan to fly. 

Expert Recommendations

In general, ACOG recommends avoiding air travel in the first trimester due to an increased risk of miscarriage associated with this period in a woman’s pregnancy. However, if you must fly during your first trimester or at any other time during your pregnancy, make sure you take extra precautions such as drinking plenty of water before boarding the plane and wearing comfortable clothing that allows for easy movement throughout the flight. 

Additionally, try to get up every few hours or so to stretch your legs and move around a bit; this will help reduce discomfort from sitting too long in one position as well as minimize potential risks associated with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). 

When traveling by airplane while pregnant it is also important not only to consider how far along you are but also where you are going. Some destinations may require vaccinations which could pose additional risks depending on how far into your pregnancy you currently are; always consult with your doctor prior to embarking on any international flights when pregnant just be sure everything is ok.

Finally, remember that airlines typically allow expectant mothers up to 36 weeks gestation onto their planes but after 32 weeks they may require medical clearance before allowing them onboard -so check ahead.  All-in-all though following these basic tips should ensure both mother & baby remain safe & sound throughout their journey.

When To Travel

Flying while pregnant can be an intimidating experience for many expecting mothers. While there is no definitive answer as to when it’s safe to fly during pregnancy, there are several factors that must be taken into consideration before booking a flight. 

The most important factor in determining the safety of flying while pregnant is the trimester you find yourself in at the time of travel. Generally speaking, women who are up to 28 weeks along should have no problem taking a domestic flight. However, if your trip involves international travel or flights over four hours long then it’s best not to take any chances and wait until after your second trimester has ended (28-32 weeks). 

After 32 weeks, doctors generally advise against air travel due to potential complications such as preterm labor or delivery and other health risks associated with being confined on an airplane for extended periods of time. 


When preparing for a flight, it’s important that expectant mothers take certain precautions prior their departure date:

  • Make sure you get medical clearance from your doctor before traveling – this will help ensure that any underlying conditions won’t interfere with your journey.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day leading up to and during the duration of your flight – dehydration can cause serious problems so staying hydrated is essential.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes – avoid tight fitting clothes which could restrict blood flow.
  • Bring snacks onboard – having something light but nutritious on hand will help keep energy levels up throughout long flights.
  • Take frequent breaks – getting out periodically helps reduce swelling caused by sitting too long in one position.             

Also remember not all airlines allow pregnant passengers so make sure you check their policies beforehand! It might also be beneficial if possible try to book direct nonstop flights instead connecting ones since they often require more physical exertion like climbing stairs. Lastly, don’t forget to bring all relevant documents including copies of medical records just in case.

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