You may have heard that there are some risks associated with flying on a plane while pregnant. This is true, but it normally applies only to women who have been carrying for 32 to 36 weeks. After that period it is not recommended that you engage in airline travel because the rapid change in cabin pressure may increase your heart rate and blood pressure, which could be negative for your baby. Policies differ from airline to airline, but most airlines will not allow women who have been carrying for over 36 weeks to ride on their planes due to the risks.

However, if you have been carrying for under 32 to 36 weeks, you should still ask your doctor before you take a flight. If you have a risk of premature labor or any type of known pregnancy complication, it is highly recommended that you do not travel on an airplane, as you may suffer risks of injury to yourself and your baby. Remember to always consult your doctor before you step on a plane while pregnant.

If you have consulted your doctor and have been given the green-light to ride on a plane, there are some things you can do to decrease to possibility of any harm or complications while on the flight. It is a very good idea to move around and stretch as much as possible, as doing so will decrease the risk of blood clots caused by inaction. It is also important to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.