Flying during pregnancy

Flying during pregnancy

May 2015

Have you booked a holiday and now you are pregnant? Or perhaps you’ve got a relaxing break lined up before baby arrives? Then you’ve probably been wondering, or investigating, the latest guidelines on air travel during pregnancy. Here’s a quick Q&A to help you cut through the advice.

When is it safe to travel?

Most airlines will allow you to travel to 36 weeks of pregnancy. After that it is not recommended as your baby could arrive at any time. Usually after week 28 of pregnancy, your airline will ask for a letter from your GP or midwife to confirm you are in good health and that you have a normal pregnancy. They will also get them to confirm your due date.

Some women also chose not to travel in the first 12 weeks because of the nausea they are experiencing! But there is no medical reason not to travel during this time.

Things to check before you travel 

It is generally safe to travel throughout the rest of your pregnancy, however before you book always:

  1. discuss it with your GP or midwife
  2. check that the airline will let you fly
  3. check that your insurance company will cover you.

Tips to ensure you have a safe flight

  • Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Do some calf exercise to help to ensure good circulation
  • Walk around the airline as often as possible
  • Ensure you are comfortable by wearing loose clothing and comfy shoes
  • Adjust your seatbelt to ensure you are wearing the strap below your bump

Things to think about when you arrive at your destination

If you are planning a trip abroad you need to ensure that you will be able to get medical help if you need it. If you are going abroad in Europe make sure you get a European Health Insurance Card- this will entitle you to free healthcare should you need it.


For more information on flying while pregnant visit the NHS website