How Many Months Pregnant Can You Fly an Airplane?

Updated on June 16, 2013
K.L. asks from Tempe, AZ
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My husband and I are planning a little trip but My son's due date is August 26th 2013.Would I be allowed to fly?

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answers from Chicago on

I flew to florida when I was 8 months pregnant. We went the first week of december he was born jan 5

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answers from Dallas on

In addition to talking to your care provider and the airline, check your insurance provider's policies. Some will penalize you if you need treatment out of town past a certain point in your pregnancy.

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answers from Miami on

You need to get a letter from your doctor stating that you are allowed to fly. That doesn't mean that they will let you on the plane, but without the letter, you might be sunk.

I'd call the airline (without saying who you are) and ask the "generic" question...

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answers from Chicago on

Always check with you doc, but I think it's like 31-32 weeks.

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answers from Phoenix on

It depends on how healthy of a pregnancy you have, if it's you're first or not, where you are going, how long the flight is and mainly what your doctor says.
I just flew to Dallas 3 months before my due date with my doctor's blessing. He told me I could fly up until 32 weeks. Southwest considers pregnancy a "disability" and prefers you pre-board, which is nice when you really need an aisle seat close to the potty.

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answers from Los Angeles on

Welcome to Mamapedia!

What does your doctor say about you flying? It's his or her call as they know you and everything going on.

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answers from Albuquerque on

Your screen name is Twinmama. Are you expecting twins? If yes, your cut off for flying will be earlier than someone carrying a single baby. When I was pregnant with my twins, my doctor advised that I shouldn't fly past the 28th week. Talk to your doctor, and if s/he OKs the trip, check what the airline's policy is. It would stink to book the trip and then be refused at the gate.

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answers from Chicago on

When is your planned trip?

I am due Sept 14th and will be flying domestically Aug 21-26th on Southwest Airlines, which has no restrictions on pregnant women flying until they reach the 38th week. Each airline has its own rules.

Go the your airline's website and search for their policy on flying during pregnancy, and print it out so you have it with you when you fly. This is the policy from Southwest:
"Advice to Pregnant Passengers
While air travel does not usually cause problems during pregnancy unless delivery is expected within 14 days or less, in some cases, traveling by air has been known to cause complications or premature labor. Female Customers at any stage of pregnancy should consult with their physicians prior to air travel. Southwest Airlines recommends against air travel beginning at the 38th week of pregnancy. Depending on their physical condition, strength, and agility, pregnant women may, in some cases, be asked not to sit in the emergency exit row."

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answers from Washington DC on

Call the airline and ask. It's up to them. The RISK is that you go into labor on the flight. If your trip is soon, it should be no problem. If your trip is August 1, you might get some pushback.

Also, since it comes down to airline policy, be prepared to PROVE your due date if asked. If you look "big" (and not necessarily big for your due date, but if you will look "big" to the check in person who may be an idiot) definitely get a note from your doctor stating the due date.


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answers from Houston on

From your title, I read that you are the pilot.



answers from Phoenix on

I flew from Nairobi, Kenya to Phoenix, AZ (7 hour flight plus 11 hour flight plus 1.5 hour flight), when I was 28 weeks pregnant. By the time I got home, my feet were very swollen and my back was very sore, but that was about it. I will warn you that my son became very, very active during take-off and landing, and it was not super fun to have a baby dancing a jig on my bladder when I absolutely could not get up to pee! I did several short flights within Africa and also during my second pregnancy in the US, and 1-2 hour flights were never a problem. 4.5-5.5 cross country trips were not comfortable, but no ill effects.

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