3 Tips For Flying While Pregnant

Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean that your life has to be put on hold.  Plenty of women continue to work and travel well into their pregnancies.  In the end, it all comes down to a matter of knowing your limits and knowing how to carry through intelligently.  

Some women make the mistake of assuming that when they become pregnant they are suddenly delicate flowers who must sit patiently in a chair eating fresh fruits and vegetables for 9 months.  The truth is, women have been having babies for centuries, and our ancestors were definitely not sitting in chairs during their pregnancies.  As long as you have the proper tools and knowledge you can continue to do things like travel and enjoy your life.

Here are some tips for flying during pregnancy.

Get Your Doctor’s Clearance First

Before you get on a plane and set off to your destination it is important that you make sure that you are in good enough health as cleared by your doctor.  Sometimes depending on any side effects, you may have been experiencing with pregnancy or your family’s medical history, your doctor may very well advise rest and avoiding the altitude of travel.

Ask your doctor whether you are in fit physical condition enough to go for a trip and whether you are in a good stage of your pregnancy.  After a certain amount of weeks, your doctor will recommend avoiding traveling since you run the risk of going into labor on an airplane or away from the convenience and safety of a hospital.

Bring a Travel Pillow

It is important to be as comfortable as possible during your travels.  Often women are less comfortable than usual falling to sleep during pregnancy since they are frequently bloated, and have extra carriage in their bellies.  

Bringing a travel pillow is a great way to ensure that even in the most uncomfortable of positions you will have a little extra padding to ease the discomfort.  The nice thing about a travel pillow is that it can be used for your neck, behind your back, or under your tailbone.  It stores easily into luggage or ties onto the outside, making it convenient to take on the go.

Dress For Comfort

Although you may be tempted to want to dress for fashion since you are likely to be feeling a little bloated with a pregnant belly, save the fashionable outfits for after you get off the plane.

Dress in something loose which will not squeeze your waist during the flight.  Make sure that you have shoes which allow your feet to expand since the altitude often makes feet much more swollen.  Since you already have a lot of extra blood due to your pregnancy, you should give extra breathing room to those feet to avoid cramps and discomfort during the flight.