If you’re expecting your first child, you probably can’t imagine how hard it is to fly with kids: people averting their gaze as you walk down the aisle, hoping you don’t sit next to them, almost missing your flight because you can’t figure out how to fold the stroller, having more diapers and pacifiers in your hand luggage than books or makeup. So, if you’re able to, I suggest making the most of it and taking a trip before that little one comes along. Use the time for a great adventure or just a well deserved rest from nesting. But keep in mind the following:
Best time to fly is during the second trimester
If you’ve had a healthy pregnancy, you’re probably good to fly, but be sure to consult your doctor for the go ahead. You’ll need a signed letter from the doctor about your due date and a statement that you are OK to fly.
Bring a copy of your medical records and the letter with you on the plane. You should take it on every trip, actually.
Experts say that week 14 to 27 are the best to fly while pregnant. Babymoon, anyone? After two pregnancies I agree that these were the most convenient weeks: you’re past the morning sickness but you still don’t need to use the toilet as often as you need your next breath. Trust me you wouldn’t be able to hold for the seat belt sign to be off past the 36 weeks.
Don’t forget the flight back
No one asks you have far along you are when you are buying tickets online, but they might at the check-in counter if your bump is showing. They might just not let you board the plane. And think both ways, it would really suck if you’d have to find an alternative way of getting home from the Maldives.
Be sure to check airline policies, because they vary from one company to another.
Though how anyone can say no to a pregnant lady, is beyond me. But ladies keep in mind, these guys aren’t your husband you can guilt trip into doing what you want, since your current condition is not their fault.
Views are overrated
Call dibs on the aisle seat as it lets you access the toilets faster and gives you more leg room. You’ll need it, because when you are pregnant safe bet is you aren’t that comfortable as it is.
It will also be easier to take a few strolls, as that will help with your feet swelling.
Forget fashion statements and make sure you’re comfortable. That means comfy shoes and clothes. If you can, take off your shoes – but be careful you can still put them back on. If it’s a possibility – depends strongly on where you are going though and when – flip flops are your best bet. Some ladies also praise decompression socks.
Bring your own food
Doesn’t matter which airline company you choose – better safe than sorry. Have enough food along and make sure you drink plenty of fluids to keep dehydrated – which I know means even more bathroom breaks.
Read and enjoy
You can still take along whatever you fancy – if that is a book, iPad, magazines… Most of all enjoy it, hey you are going on a trip. Lucky you.