We answer your questions on travelling abroad when you're pregnant
You needn’t stick to boats and trains, although many airlines will have policy on pregnant passengers after around 36 weeks. “If you’re having a healthy pregnancy, flying’s fine,” says Pat Gould. “Though if you have a history of miscarriage or premature labour, or problems with blood circulation, check with your midwife first.”
Tell your airline you’re pregnant too, and get a certificate from your doctor to avoid any awkward moments with staff who are less well informed on policy.
Here's a quick overview of the policies different airlines have on carrying pregnant woman.
For flights over three hours you should wear special support stockings to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis. These are very effective at preventing leg swelling, which can be quite marked in pregnancy.
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You never know when you might need them, so always have your notes handy. “These days, most mums keep their own antenatal notes,” says midwife Pat Gould. “Pop them in your hand-baggage if you’re going away. If you need to see a doctor while you’re away, your notes will contain important information about your pregnancy.”
Find out how to keep your bump safe once you arrive at your destination
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