Travelling when pregnant

It is safe to fly during pregnancy

Provided of course that the future mother is in good health and enjoying an uncomplicated pregnancy. Before flying it is advisable to visit your gynaecologist, who will be able to answer all your questions and clear up any doubts.

The key cut-off date is the 36th week of pregnancy

Up to the 32th week (Inc.) of pregnancy you can travel without any special certificates, although it is still a good idea to consult your doctor.

From the the 33th week of pregnancy, you need a doctor's certificate in order to travel by plane. The certificate, which must be issued no more than ten days before the date of travel, confirms that travelling will not harm your pregnancy.

Make sure that flying during pregnancy is safe and comfortable for both of you

If you are able to plan in advance, the best time to fly is in the middle of pregnancy, roughlybetween the 14th and 28th weeks, which is also when you are feeling best. If you are going abroad for a longer period, don't forget to calculate what stage of pregnancy you will be at on your return and make sure you have a doctor's certificate if necessary.

Air travel is not suitable for mothers and newborn babies in the first seven daysafter birth.
It is advisable to keep your pregnancy record card or booklet with you, along with your valid travel documents, since this contains all necessary information about your pregnancy.

Rules about flying during pregnancy can differ from airline to airline, so be sure to check carefully when booking flights. Choosing the right seat. Aisle seats offer you the most comfort and the shortest route to the toilet facilities.

For greater comfort, fasten your seatbelt under your belly. We recommend a suitable amount of movement during the flight (for example moving the feet in a circular pattern while seated). Should you experience difficulties of any kind, call the cabin crew without delay. Drink more water than usual because of the dry air in the cabin.

If you are pregnant and travelling with another child, don't forget to read our tips on preparing children for a flight.