I'm in my second trimester and just found out that I'll need to take a
flight for a business trip in the next month or so. But is flying safe for me and
my baby? – Indra
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you can usually fly up to 4 or 5 weeks
before your due date. And that cutoff time is not because flying can cause problems
as your due date nears — it's just best to stay close to home and your doctor
in case you deliver.
Some changes happen in your body with flying, and during a flight you're out of
reach of emergency care. So especially if you have a high-risk pregnancy, check with
your doctor before flying.
And it's wise to discuss any plans for lengthy or distant travel, just in case.
If your doctor says travel is OK, check with the airlines to find out what their policies
are. Most allow pregnant women to fly up until 37 weeks, although individual policies
To make sure your flight is as safe as possible, you might want to wear support
stockings, move your lower legs regularly, and get out of your seat (especially during
long flights) to promote blood circulation and help prevent blood clots. You also
should drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids to stay well hydrated and wear your
seatbelt in case of turbulence.