What to know when flying with a baby bump

For all the cute ways to name a pregnancy, like a bun in the oven, a baby-bump, Buddha-belly, mummy-tummy, it’s always good to know you and your baby are receiving special attention.

Here are some top tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable flight:

 

 

  1. Place the seat belt below your belly for maximum comfort.
  2. Book or ask to be seated in an aisle seat for easy access to the bathroom facilities.
  3. Walk around the cabin hourly, this helps with circulation.
  4. Stretch and flex your feet and legs in your seat every half an hour.
  5. Drink plenty of fluids.
  6. It is a good idea for all expectant moms to carry emergency contact details of your next of kin, a family member and your doctor. If you are already into your second or third trimester, you may be asked for a prenatal chart.

“You will be known as a guest with your own ‘baby on board’.”

Handy info as you progress in your pregnancy

For both single pregnancies and multiple pregnancies less than 28 weeks:
Some airlines like Mango do not require you to fill in any forms provided that your pregnancy has showed no complications to date. If there have been any complications, a medical certificate stating that you are fit to travel by air is required. Please ask your GP or gynaecologist to provide this letter and hand it in to the check-in person on the day you fly.

For both single pregnancies and multiple pregnancies between 28-35 weeks:A medical certificate stating that you are fit to travel by air will be required. You will need to carry a copy of the medical certificate, on person, during travel.

For single pregnancies from 36 weeks and multiple pregnancies from 32 weeks:Airlines like Mango does not permit guests who are this far along in their pregnancy to travel. It is dangerous for both you and your soon-to-be-born baby or babies.

“If this is you, you will be known as a guest with your own ‘baby on-board’. We think it’s charming!” says Benediction Zubane, Mango Airline’s Head of Marketing.

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