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During pregnancy you should be extra cautious about your and your baby’s health.
It is therefore, important to take every step carefully, so as to avoid any untoward incidents. You should also maintain caution while flying as you are carrying a precious load. Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind during air travel.
1. Suitable time for flying
As long as you haven’t experienced any complications, the safest time to fly when pregnant is during the second trimester. By this time, first trimester morning sickness is likely to have subsided, energy levels are higher and the risk of going into labour is low.
2. Prefer Commercial planes
Commercial planes are fine but flying in smaller, non-pressurised planes is not advisable at any stage of the pregnancy as the lower oxygen levels may impact your baby.
3. Check with the airline
Majority of airlines won’t allow pregnant women to fly on a flight over four hours after 36 weeks. Requirements and restrictions can change so it’s always best to check with the airline before planning a holiday or purchasing your ticket.
4. Wear maternity clothing
Maternity pants are most advisable as it gives you and your baby some room to move. But remember to wear your seat belt low and around the pelvis to reduce pressure on the baby.
5. Request for a special seat
Pregnant women are infamous bathroom-goers. To make getting up to go to the toilet easier, book an aisle seat. If possible, request a seat with more leg room — or better still, pay extra and book a premium economy or business class ticket.
“So, follow some simple rules and fly high.”