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The second trimester is a great time to have a last holiday away with your partner or friends. You’ll probably be feeling better than you did in the first trimester but you won’t yet be too pregnant to fly so you should be able to make the most of it. Here’s the lowdown on flying during pregnancy.
As long as you have consulted your doctor and there’s no medical reason why you shouldn’t fly, it will probably do you good to get away. OK, so you feel a little on the heavy side now, but imagine what it is like to board a plane with a baby that flails, wails, feeds, throws up, drops toys, pees and poos – and requires more kit and kaboodle than Victoria Beckham on an overnight stay.
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The concern in the third trimester is that you could give birth early on the plane which wouldn’t be fun for anyone and would get in the way of the in-flight drinks trolley. If it is a multiple pregnancy or you have previously had an early labour, it is recommended that you don’t fly beyond week 24. Otherwise, it’s usually up to 28 weeks for a long-haul flight or 36 weeks for a short-haul, but different airlines have different policies.
After 24 weeks, you may be required to provide a letter from your GP or midwife stating that it is OK for you to fly (you could get one anyway, as a precaution). It’s important that your travel insurance is up to date and valid for pregnancy, bearing in mind that you may need to cancel your trip at the last minute should a medical concern arise. Some insurers might want to see a letter or other formal document stating your expected due date.
Even if you don’t fancy two weeks in the sun, a weekend away during the second trimester will do you lots of good and is a nice chance to spend some time with your partner before you become three (or just have a last hurrah with mates) think of it as a ‘farewell to all that’ though rather than ‘goodbye’. At some point you’ll get some of your freedom back - and you’ll enjoy it all the more.
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