Flying While Pregnant
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you’re unable to fly. If you are expecting, for the majority of your pregnancy, you will be ok to fly, it’s just better to check with your intended airline as rules can differ. Flying while pregnant can also depend on where you’re flying to and how long the flight journey will take.
Airlines rules for flying while pregnant
Up until 27 weeks you can fly as normal. However, if flying within Europe between 28-35 weeks, you’ll need to complete a pregnancy travel advice form. Over 36 weeks you cannot fly with Aer Lingus within Europe.
If you have a transatlantic flight, 34 weeks is the limit to fly and between 28-33 weeks you’ll have to also complete a pregnancy travel advice form.More information
Spain’s third largest airline, Air Europa, concedes after the 36th week of pregnancy it is inappropriate to fly. However, if in special cases it is necessary to fly after these weeks, a doctor’s certificate is needed, including information such as expected due date, travel itinerary, days of pregnancy and whether it’s the mother’s first child or not.
If it’s multiple pregnancies, Air Europe advises that flying should be prohibited after the 32nd week.More information
Alaska Airlines is an American airline headquartered in Seattle, that do not have any specific rules about flying pregnant. As they fly throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico flights do not leave North America. However, it is recommended to consult your doctor upon all flights if pregnant prior to flying.More information
Another one of the major airlines in the United States, have a simple rule when it comes to flying pregnant. If you’re within 4 weeks of your due date, you need a doctor’s certificate to show you’re fit to fly.More information
Blue Panorama is an Italian airline and allows pregnant women 28 weeks to fly without a medical certificate. Between 29-37 weeks a doctor’s certificate is needed. After 37 weeks you will not be permitted to fly with Blue Panorama.More information
British Airways have a simple policy to adhere to. If you’re having multiple children, you cannot fly past the 32nd week of your pregnancy. If it’s one child that you are expecting, with no complications expected, the 36th week is the limit to fly with British Airways.More information
Delta, one of the United States major airlines, doesn’t have any policies to prevent pregnant passengers. However, they suggest if you’re 8 months or over then you consult with your doctor if it’s appropriate to fly.More information
One of Britain’s most economical, friendly, low-cost carriers, easyJet recommends the last week of the 35th week of your pregnancy to fly, if you’re only carrying one child. If it’s multiple children like twins or triplets, the 32nd week is the last week to be able to be allowed to fly with easyJet.More information
One of Germany’s low cost airline, Eurowings recommends the 36th week to be the last week you can fly during pregnancy. They also provide some medical advice, suggesting it’s best not to fly if one has experienced a miscarriage or is due to have a multiple birth.More information
The New York City low-cost airline Jetblue, allows you to fly unless you are 7 days or less within your due date. If within that period, you’ll need a doctor’s certificate no longer than 72 hours prior to departure.More information
The Netherlands flagship airline KLM advises not to fly after 36 weeks of being pregnant nor within the first week of delivery. KLM require a medical certificate from your physician if you’re having more than one baby.More information
The low-cost airline needs a doctor’s ‘fit to fly’ certificate if you’re over 28 weeks of pregnancy, to prove there has been no complications. If you’re giving birth to one child, then you can fly up until your 36th week. For multiple births it is 32 weeks.
Passengers who have given birth can be accepted to fly 48 hours after, provided there have been no complications. For any caesarean births it is 10 days post birth.More information
The Dutch low-cost airline allows pregnant passengers 36 weeks to fly with them. If there have been complications or you are having multiple births, your 34th week of pregnancy is the limit. It’s best to consult your doctor and bring a signed certificate to the airport in English. The certificate must not exceed being 7 days old.More information
The Chicago based airline allows pregnant passengers to fly up until 36 weeks without documentation. After, a doctor’s certificate is needed within 72 hours of departure time, but is preferred to be within 24 hours. The expected delivery date must be after the last flight itinerary.More information
Virgin Atlantic requires no proof or medical documentation up until 28 weeks if flying while pregnant. However, after this time you’ll need a doctor’s pass to allow you to fly. If you’re having one child, you can fly until the 36th week. After that you’ll need an urgent medical waiver to allow you to fly for compassionate reasons.
If you’re having multiple births you can fly with Virgin until the 32nd week. Again, you’ll need a urgent medical waiver from your doctor to allow you to fly for compassionate reasons thereafter.More information
Hungarian low-cost budget carrier Wizz Air requires medical certificates after the 28th week. If it’s a single birth when flying while pregnant. You can fly until week 34 of your pregnancy while if it’s multiple births, such as twins, it is week 32.More information
Flying while pregnant tips
- Dress comfortably and bring compression socks.
- Visit your doctor for recommendations and approval to fly.
- Carry some snacks and remain hydrated.
- The best time to fly when you are pregnant is in the second trimester; choose this stage if you can.
- Book an aisle seat near the bathroom so it's easy to take short walks, stretch and go to the restroom.
- It's recommended to consider buying travel insurance, in case you are not feeling well or you don't have the doctor's approval.
Frequently Asked Questions about flying while pregnant
Can you fly while pregnant?
Yes, but only until a certain stage of your pregnancy, at around 28 weeks. It's also important you have clearance from your doctor and are having no complications. Despite this, some airlines vary to when on when they allow pregnant passengers to fly past certain weeks into their pregnancy.
Is it safe to fly while pregnant?
It is safe provided you are not going through pregnancy complications and your flying before 36 weeks (at the very latest). It is recommended to consult your doctor at any stage of your pregnancy prior to flying. For the majority of your pregnancy, it is safe, but the best is to check with each airline on their policies on flying while pregnant.
What if I have problems mid-flight?
If you are experiencing pregnancy problems prior to flying you must speak to your doctor and airline. If you are worried there could be a risk, it's best not to fly.
When is the safest time to travel while pregnant?
Prior to 28 weeks of pregnancy to keep on the safe side. After this, it's down to your doctor and the airline to approve your travel.
What are compression socks? What purpose do they serve?
Compression socks are good for flying to prevent leg swelling and discomfort. During long flights or flights over 5 hours, compression socks help keep the blood flow and prevents DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis).
Will I receive a preferential treatment when flying while pregnant?
Refer to the airline about this. Generally, it will depend on how many weeks you are pregnant, your medical documentation, the length of the flight and availability.