Flying in early stages of pregnancy

Flying in early pregnancy is safe. However, during the first trimester, the main concern over flying is making your pregnancy symptoms, like morning sickness, worse. (You may want to make sure you have a extra few sick bags nearby, just in case.) And a mildly stuffed-up nose on the ground could become much worse once you’re in the air.

Second trimester: watch your circulation

Many women report that their second trimester is when they feel the most comfortable. Your morning sickness is usually gone, your risk of miscarriage is significantly lowered and you have the least chance of going into preterm labor at this point.

It’s no wonder many women take advantage of this newfound comfort and take to the skies. However, there are still some issues you need to be concerned about; namely your circulation.

Pregnancy can cause circulation problems in any women. It is also well known that when you are flying, you have an increased chance of developing a blood clot. Put the two together and there could be some problems.

Pregnant or not, here are some tips to help keep your blood flowing:

  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing
  • Invest in some compression stockings; these will help keep the blood moving from your ankles to your heart and lungs
  • Avoid crossing your legs
  • Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated

One of the most helpful things that you can do to keep your blood flowing is to move around. Go for a walk in the aisle every hour. Every half hour, flex your feet, rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes.

These are simple little stretches you can do right in your seat without bothering the person next to you. And if there is no one next to you, then put your feet up and enjoy the extra space!


Fasten Your Seat Belt!

As your belly grows, getting comfortable becomes more and more difficult. Unfortunately, airline seating is not exactly known as being the ultimate in comfort.

When you check-in, don’t hesitate to ask for a seat with a bit more room. Aisle seats usually have the most space while the area in the middle of the plane usually provides the smoothest ride.


Table of Contents
1. Flying While Pregnant
2. Pregnant Flying Tips
3. 3rd trimester flying tips
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