Air Travel During Your Twin Pregnancy

Traveling for work or pleasure often requires that you fly to your destination. Air travel during pregnancy is perfectly safe as long as you are having a normal, healthy pregnancy.

While most pregnant women can fly safely until the 35th week of their pregnancy, women pregnant with twins or more may be restricted from traveling sooner due to the high risk nature of carrying more than one baby. Make sure you talk to your doctor about your travel plans before booking your flight.

Here are some tips for air travel during pregnancy:

Drink lots of water - Once you are through security, you may want to purchase a bottle of water for your flight. It's easy to get dehydrated while flying and you need to provide fluids for three or more! The flight attendant can also provide you with water or other drinks if needed during the flight.

Request a front row seat or one near the bulkhead - These seats on the airplane tend to have more leg room, and will allow you to stretch out more for your trip. Aisle seats may also be more comfortable and convenient if you need to use the restroom frequently. If the plane isn't full (pretty rare these days), you can ask to sit in an aisle with an empty middle seat for more room.

If you can splurge, you may want to consider purchasing a first class ticket for maximum comfort. Some airline frequent traveler programs may also allow you to upgrade your ticket to first class based on the number of points you've accumulated. Check with your airline before you travel.

Fasten your seatbelt - Make sure you fasten your seatbelt. It should be secured under your stomach and across the tops of your thighs, rather than across your stomach.

Get up and walk around - Especially if you are on a long flight, you should try to get up and stretch every 30 minutes to an hour. If it's not possible to get up, stretch your legs and flex your feet as much as possible to keep the blood flowing in your legs and minimize bloating.

Dress comfortably - Wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes. Depending on the airport, you may be walking quite a bit to get to the gate. Also, coach seats aren't very comfortable (even when you're not pregnant) but loose, lightweight clothing will help keep you cooler and more relaxed. You can always bring a sweater or request a blanket if you get cold (usually not a problem though for a pregnant mom of twins).

Bring a small pillow or ask the flight attendant for one - The use of one or more pillows...behind your back or between you and the armrest...may help make it easier to relax on your flight.

Remember to check with airlines about their travel policies - Most airlines have policies regarding air travel during pregnancy. Many restrict travel without a doctor's note during the last week of pregnancy. While most women pregnant with multiples wouldn't be traveling this late in their pregnancy, it's always a good idea to check an airline's policy before you fly.

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