Traveling when pregnant is much safer than many people think. Babymoons are increasing in popularity, as they’re the last opportunity for some parents-to-be to take a romantic, low-stress getaway for a long time. Check out these helpful tips for flying while pregnant.
Time the travel right
Traveling in your first trimester can be difficult due to the increased morning sickness and extreme fatigue most women deal with. Airlines and doctors alike discourage pregnant women from traveling in the third trimester, which is also when the nesting instinct starts to kick in. Once this instinct kicks in, you’re much less likely to feel like traveling. Therefore, the second trimester is the ideal time to travel because the morning sickness should have subsided and the intense motherly instincts should still be a month or two away.
Book your best trip
Destination is key to a great vacation, but when you’re pregnant, a successful trip has a lot more to do with comfortable travel than where you’re headed. If your morning sickness typically comes at a specific time, avoid booking a flight near those times at all costs. Try to book at a time of the day when you typically feel most comfortable. Another great tip is to pay a little extra for the aisle seat. It’s no secret you have to go to the bathroom more often now that you’re carrying a baby. An aisle seat will save you the trouble of trying to crawl over your fellow passengers every 45 minutes.
Dress as comfortably as possible for your trip. Wear lots of layers—your body can’t regulate your temperature as well as it could before pregnancy. You’re also at an increased risk for blood clots during pregnancy, especially during a flight. Think about wearing compression socks while you’re traveling to reduce this risk.
Seek advice from your doctor
If you ever have any questions about the safety and comfortability of the trip you’re planning to book, seek advice from your doctor. They’ll be able to make informed recommendations based on your specific pregnancy and risk factors.