Flying during Pregnancy
Can I travel on Airplane while pregnant?
Most Airways welcomes pregnant women on board. It's important to consult your doctor of your planned air travel and get the appropriate medical advice before confirming your reservations.
General acceptance for travel in duration of pregnancy
Up to and including the 24th weeks: Pregnant mothers can travel on most Airways flights without a medical certificate, but it's recommended that even before 24 weeks of pregnancy, you should carry a doctor's certificate/maternity card to avoid delays at the check-in desk.
From the beginning of the 25th week up to the end of the 33nd week: For a single/complication free pregnancy, you will need a medical certificate from a doctor.
You can download the medical certificate document here
For a single pregnancy with complications you will require medical clearance from your doctor. You have to contact your airways.
From the the 34th week up to the end of the 35th week: • For single/complication free pregnancy, you will require medical clearance Contact your airways,but mostly the certificate has to be not older than 1 day before the flight
A multiple or complicated pregnancy will not be accepted for travel on board most airways flights. Only on special cases after carefuly consultation with the airways and doctors is possible to fly.
From the 36th weeks Any pregnancy case, from the beginning of the 36th week will not be accepted for travel on most airways .Only on special cases after carefuly consultation with the airways and doctors is possible to fly.
Medical Certificate from your doctor should include:
Confirmation whether complication free single pregnancy or multiple or complicated pregnancy
"Fit to Travel" for the entire journey including the return (if applicable) with no intended/voluntary stopover at the transit point
State the Estimated Date of Delivery (EDD)
Be reader friendly and written in English
Have appropriate date, stamp and contact details of your doctor
Confirmation if premature delivery is not expected within the planned journey, including transit and return flights
Recommendations for comfortable flight while pregnant
In order to be comfortable onboard it's recommended to:
On the pregnancy there is a high risk for trombosis, to aviod it:Reserve an aisle seat in advance for easy access to the washroom and to comfortably move around the cabin. (On long flights walking around will assist in combating swelling and discomfort)
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and flat shoes. Wear layers if you are prone to body-temperature fluctuations.
Place your seatbelt low around your hips, not around your abdomen.
Drink plenty of water, take magnesium tablets against the contractions of the uterus
Take into consideration your return journey and other airline's policy (if applicable) when making your bookings.
Special risk factors flight in pregnancy
To long flights (more than 3 hours)
Trombosis and embolism ont he cas hystory
Obesity (95 kg, ill. BMI more than 30)
More than 34 years old pregnant woman
Varicosity on the legs