Flying while pregnant is possible.  Pregnant women do it every single day.  However, when I was big and pregnant I was nervous about our longer leg from Detroit to San Fransisco.  (That's me in the photo above -- 28 weeks) I am sure other pregnant women feel the same. 

Here are some things to consider:

1st Trimester

  • Motion Sickness - if you are susceptible to motion sickness, you will want to take preventative measures. (Keeping the air blowing on your face, shutting your eyes, wearing Seabands)
  • Stay Hydrated - You are more likely to get dehydrated while flying. (this can also help with motion sickness)
  • Avoid food that make you gassy before travel...the change in air pressure can exacerbate this.

2nd Trimester

  • Many women agree, this is the BEST stage to fly; you're less likely to have morning sickness and more comfortable.
  • Choose and aisle seat if necessary so you can get up easily to use the restroom and walk around
  • Stay active.  Make sure you don't sit completely still the entire flight.  Get up, walk the aisle, stand at your seat and do calf raises, find a spot to stretch out.  Staying active will help prevent blood pooling and clotting.
  • Seatbelt goes tight around your hips, under your belly.
  • Avoid food that make you gassy before travel...the change in air pressure can exacerbate this.
  • Wearing compression socks/pants can help prevent your feet/legs from swelling during travel

3rd Trimester

  • Again, ALWAYS consult your physician or midwife BEFORE flying.
  • Many airlines have regulations about flying during late-term pregnancy, view the regulations here.
  • Choose and aisle seat so you can get up easily to use the restroom and walk around
  • Stay active.  Make sure you don't sit completely still the entire flight.  Get up, walk the aisle, stand at your seat and do calf raises, find a spot to stretch out.  Staying active will help prevent blood pooling and clotting.
  • Seatbelt goes tight around your hips, under your belly.
  • Avoid food that make you gassy before travel...the change in air pressure can exacerbate this.
  • Wearing compression socks/pants can help prevent your feet/legs from swelling during travel

View the TSA Video on Tips for flying while pregnant here.  If you are not comfortable with going through screening, then ask an agent for a pat down.

In the Avenue of Giants at 28 Weeks pregnant. 

In the Avenue of Giants at 28 Weeks pregnant.