Long-haul and flight during pregnancy

It is not dangerous to do long journeys or to fly when you are pregnant. However, if you are at the end of your pregnancy, you need to find out what the conditions are like at the airline you are going to go with, and check out how your insurance applies.

Before the flight

If you want to travel on long trips, it is best suited for the first six months of pregnancy. Then it may feel more uncomfortable – your stomach grows, you gain weight and get easier swollen legs or aches in your back. The major European airlines (such as SAS) allow flight “up to four weeks before expected decline”, if the pregnancy usually expired and without complications. Shorter flights another two weeks are allowed at some airlines, if you complete a special application and get it approved. The terms do not apply if you are expecting twins. Then you usually do not fly after week 32.

You may need to talk to your doctor or midwife at the Maternity Center and ask for a certificate of your pregnancy, when you are expected to feed. If you are unsure, always contact the airline.

During the flight

If you sit still for a while, it may be difficult because you get swollen around your feet and legs during a pregnancy. Bring support socks and comfortable shoes. Earplugs, eyelashes and inflatable support collars may be nice if the flight is long.

There is a small risk of blood clots during long periods of sedation and that risk increases slightly during pregnancy. Book a seat next to the doorway and take some “walks” during the flight.

Humidity is low in airplanes. The mucous membranes of the nose become easily dry and swollen. This means that it will be harder to smooth the pressure in the middle ear. To avoid pain and numbness, it usually helps with a few puffers nasal spray before the flight.

Eat well and drink a lot, especially water or juice.


Vaccinations should be planned at least two months before your trip. It is good to vaccinate against several diseases during pregnancy. Among other things, vaccines against influenza are sometimes recommended.

Our previous article Hormone and pregnancy our article titled hormone ve pregnancy information is given.

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