Top tips for travel during pregnancy
Planning a relaxing babymoon before your bundle of joy arrives. Or maybe you’re having to travel for work, or a family get together. Whatever your reason for travelling, do it safely and as comfortably as you can.
We know you might be feeling anxious, so we’ve put together a handy guide to help whether you’re flying while pregnant or travelling another way.
Can you travel when you’re pregnant?
All airlines will have their own rules and regulations around flying when pregnant. But most will generally let you fly until you’re 36 weeks pregnant – or 32 weeks if you’re having more than one baby.
Once you reach the end of your second trimester, some airlines may ask for a ‘fit to fly’ letter from your doctor or midwife.
This letter will confirm your expected due date and that there aren’t any complications with your pregnancy.
Before you book your flight, double check with your airline or holiday operator to see what their rules are for pregnant passengers.
When is the best time to fly during pregnancy?
The NHS advises that it’s usually safe to fly while you’re pregnant. All pregnancies are completely different and you may find the ‘best’ time to travel for you is different compared to others.
Some women may avoid flying in early pregnancy as sickness tends to be worse in the first 12 weeks. And after you get to 28 weeks, your airline may ask for a letter from your GP or midwife confirming you’re fit to fly.
For more information, the NHS is a good source for more reliable information on travelling while pregnant.
Tips for flying when pregnant
Drink plenty of water
Move around the plane as often as possible
Take your maternity notes in your hand luggage. They might come in handy if you need medical help on the flight or when you arrive at your destination
Wear compression or support stockings to help reduce swelling and prevent deep vein thrombosis
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and take your shoes off to reduce swelling
Keep your growing family covered
Finding cover for you and your family doesn’t have to be difficult. Sainsbury’s Bank Travel Insurance, underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, can be tailored to suit your individual needs – giving you peace of mind that you’re covered.