Flying when pregnant

Can I fly while pregnant? If so what precautions should I take?

Yes, it is however always best to seek medical advice before flying. It is best to travel during the early months of pregnancy, try and avoid travelling during the later stages.

Wear comfortable shoes, preferably with adjustable straps. Also try to elevate your feet by placing your hand luggage under the seat in front of you and resting your feet on the bag. Wear slip-ons if possible so you can take your shoes off whenever possible. It is not good to have a heavy meal before flying, as this could cause stomach cramps with the prolonged immobility. Carry snacks to boost your energy levels in case the flight tires you. To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of water which can prevent water retention.

Try and book an aisle seat if possible. This allows you easier access to the loo. Go to the toilet as frequently as you require and use this as an opportunity to have a good stretch and keep your circulation going. Since seats near the exit have more legroom they are also an option.

Wear two-piece clothing, a top and either a pants or skirt – no dungarees.

If you select pants, select ones that are easily done up. Make sure that the elastic around the waist is soft and comfortable. +27 (0)81 885 4683

*Important : The information provided is for information purposes only. No medical diagnosis or prescription can be inferred or is implied. Please consult your doctor for medical advice.

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