If you’re planning to fly during your pregnancy, it's likely you’ll have some questions about when it's safe for you to travel.
Here’s everything you need to know about flying as an expectant mother.
Do I need a medical certificate to fly during my pregnancy?
During the first 28 weeks of your pregnancy, you do not need a medical certificate to fly, though we’d always recommend speaking with your doctor to get their advice before you travel. If your pregnancy is complicated with a condition that adds extra risk, please make sure to complete a MEDIF form.
- From weeks 29 to 36, you will require a medical certificate to fly, which you’ll have to present when you check in at the airport
- Once you reach the 37th week of your pregnancy, you will not be accepted to travel
- From weeks 29 to 32, you will require a medical certificate to fly, which you’ll have to present when you check in at the airport
- Once you reach the 33rd week of your pregnancy, you will not be accepted to travel
- Always speak to your doctor before you commit to any travel plans
- We recommend that you discuss the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) with your doctor before you fly
- Before your flight, request a seat close to a toilet
- Whilst you’re travelling, take extra care if you’re lifting heavy items or luggage
- Wear compression stockings and elevate your feet during the flight
- Once you have delivered the baby, we suggest that you avoid flying for a period of seven days