Can I Fly While Pregnant?

Is it Risky to Fly While Pregnant?

Most women can travel safely well into their pregnancy. Air travel before week 36 of pregnancy is generally considered safe if you have a healthy pregnancy.  As always, consult with your doctor if you have any doubts, hesitations, or questions about flying while pregnant.

Your healthcare provider may advise against air travel if you have any complications in your pregnancy that may become worst by air travel, or if you are at risk of requiring emergency care.

It is generally recommended to fly during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy, as this is when the risk of common complications or emergencies is at its lowest. 

Until When Can I Fly While Pregnant?

It is generally considered safe to fly until the 36th week of pregnancy. The World Health Organization (WHO) advises against air travel for pregnant women after the 36th week of pregnancy or four weeks before the expected due date.

Some airlines may require a letter from your healthcare provider confirming your due date and that your pregnancy isn't at risk of any complications if flying after your 28th week.

Keep in mind that your chance of going into labor is higher after 37 weeks, or after 32 weeks if carrying twins. 

Can I Fly During the First 3 Months of Pregnancy?

Yes, it is safe to fly during the early stages of pregnancy, however some women prefer to hold off on travel during the first 12 weeks due to nausea and vomiting and generally feeling tired during the early stages of pregnancy.

While the risk of miscarriage is highest during the first 3 months, flying is not a risk factor and does not make a miscarriage more likely.

What Precautions Can I Take to Fly Safely While Pregnant?

As flying at altitude dehydrates, it is important to take in plenty of liquids and stay hydrated while up in the air.

As you may be at a slightly increased risk of blood clots, called Deep-Vein Thrombosis, it is important to move around as much as possible, especially on longer flights. Get up and walk the aisle to stretch your legs, and it is recommended to wear graduated compression socks to reduce leg swelling at altitude.

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