Pregnancy App Article: "Flying during pregnancy"

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Flying when pregnant
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If you are jetting off for a last hurrah before the baby is born, it’s worth being aware of the dos and don’ts of flying in pregnancy.

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.

Depending on your size, you might be handed an extra length of seat belt to strap underneath your bump. Don’t be offended - you’ve got a good excuse. As long as they don’t actually advise you to enter the toilet cubicle backwards, you are well within the boundaries of a normal pregnant shape.

The risk of deep-vein thrombosis is higher in pregnancy. DVT is the formation of a blood clot in the leg – usually in the calf or thigh. One risk factor is inactivity during long flights (‘economy syndrome’) and another is pregnancy – so naturally, if you are flying when pregnant, this is the sort of thing that will make your mother suck her teeth and perhaps turn slightly grey.

To reduce your risk, get up and stretch your legs at least twice an hour. You will probably need to make frequent trips to the loo anyway so try to book an aisle seat. 

Kick off your shoes, slip on some flight socks (elastic compression stockings that help the blood flow, available at most chemists and airports) and rotate your ankles while seated. You want to keep your circulation pumping. Also, drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. Have a stash of your favourite snack to hand, as airline food ain’t even what it used to be. 

On board, your feet are likely to swell, so travel in shoes that you will definitely be able to fit into again once the plane has landed.
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I flew 10 hours non-stop in my fifth month. No problem as I was told to guzzle water and keep walking around. It was a doddle compared to now lugging a two-year-old monster on long-haul.
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