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Flying when pregnant

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Mrsvoyle Mon 13-May-13 14:37:21


Apologies if this has been asked before but I am looking for some advice regarding flying when 25 weeks pregnant. I want to book a holiday to Sardinia and wasn't sure if I need a certificate from my doctor at this stage? From other people's experience would it be better to get the certificate before I book the holiday or is it ok to get the week I fly?

I am in good health and have had no complications in this pregnancy so far (22 weeks).

Many thanks smile

PurplePoppySeed Mon 13-May-13 14:43:48

I think you have to be 28 weeks before you must have a letter, but it might be worth asking the midwife/doc for one just in case they challenge you at boarding?

MrsBungle Mon 13-May-13 14:45:30

I think airlines have different policies. Ask the airline. I only remember getting a docs letter when I was over 30 weeks.

Blanketsandpillows Mon 13-May-13 14:46:19

I think at 25 weeks you probably don't need a letter yet. But having said that every airline is different and have different cut-off dates so I'd double check just in case. The information is usually fairly easy to find on the airlines website. I've been looking into flying later in my pregnancy and my airline says the letter needs to be dated within 2 weeks of flying-so book first, worry about the lettcloister. But again, double check with your airline

islingtongirl Mon 13-May-13 16:22:54

Coincidence! I am 25 weeks and flying to Sardinia on weds! Checked their policy and for a single pregnancy I don't need a letter until 35 weeks unbelievably, but as others said, policies are airline dependant so check before you fly. Enjoy!

islingtongirl Mon 13-May-13 16:23:44

Doh meant to say I am flying with easyjet

PhieEl06 Mon 13-May-13 18:28:53

You won't need a fit to fly certificate with most airlines at that stage & with most airlines these will need to be dated within a certain time before you fly, I'm out in Portugal at the moment 30+2, I flew out with Monarch at 29+2, I needed a fit to fly letter, & was asked for it 3 times. I read up in advance that with Monarch the letter needed to be in date 2 weeks before your outbound flight, with some airlines however this can be 5 days. At 25 weeks as long as you return before 28 weeks you shouldn't need a letter but would take your green notes as a precaution.
HTH smile

Applepiesky Mon 13-May-13 19:27:11

I work as cabin crew and most uk airlines accept you up to 28 weeks and then with a doctors note thereafter :-) no dramas :-)

Mrsvoyle Mon 13-May-13 19:34:14

Thank you all very much, one less thing to worry about! smile

spaghettibolognese Mon 13-May-13 23:48:40

Definitely get a certificate just in case. I flew long-haul at 22 and 25 weeks and they wanted to see it anyway. Dunno if they were just being nosey as their policy is 28 weeks, or if they were just checking my dates.

PurplePoppySeed Tue 14-May-13 13:12:24

Another coincidence, I'm in Portugal now too! We drove here, but I've seen lots of other pregnant ladies here so I'm sure you'll be fine :-)

PurplePoppySeed Tue 14-May-13 13:13:12

...not sure if that made sense, but I meant they probably all got on flights ok smile

BeanoNoir Tue 14-May-13 13:16:46

I flew to Turkey at 25 weeks and back at 26 weeks and didn't need anything from doctor. Midwife just advised me to take pregnancy notes in my hand luggage and to wear flight stockings, drink lots of water and walk up and down the aisle every so often so not just sitting for too long.

Queazy Tue 14-May-13 20:45:47

You won't need a letter for most airlines - mine is for bring 28 weeks or more. It may be different if you're having twins x

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