Staying Comfortable while Flying during Pregnancy

One of the most common complaints from women who are flying is the discomfort that can come from flying. There are a number of concerns that flying raises for a pregnant woman’s comfort. Knowing what those issues are can help you to know what to do in order to make sure you’re staying comfortable while flying during your pregnancy.

It’s worth mentioning, first of all, that you should check with your doctor before flying during pregnancy. There may be specific reasons why it’s not a good idea in your case. In general, you’re probably not going to want to get on a plane after your second trimester of pregnancy, largely because there is the risk that you could go into labor while on a plane or while not near home.

Here are some things you should do to stay comfortable while flying during pregnancy:

  • Request a seat over the wing. The middle portion of the plane, which is over the wing, will give you the smoothest ride. That will help to lessen the risk for motion sickness, which is especially a concern during early pregnancy when you’re struggling with morning sickness.
  • Consider a seat on the bulkhead and the aisle. There is more leg room over the bulkhead, and aisle seats are always a good idea because you can get up and down to the bathroom much more easily.
  • Watch out for swelling and cramping in your legs, feet and ankles. You’ll want to remove your shoes and elevate your legs, at least a little bit, while you’re flying. If you have an empty seat next to you, consider putting your feet up there. You’re more vulnerable to blood clots, varicose veins, and more when pregnant, and it’s important that you stretch and stroll for a few minutes every hour or so when you’re flying.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. Choose loose-fitting clothes, and ones that are easier to get into because of all of those frequent bathroom breaks. This will help make those pit stops quicker and easier.
  • Keep hydrated. The dry air in an airplane cabin can be dehydrating, so get plenty of water. This will also help to stave off nausea, as dehydration is a common cause of nausea.

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