Flying when pregnant is generally considered safe. However, it is advisable to travel only if the pregnancy is straightforward and to consult the specific policies of the airline in question before booking a flight. The safest time to fly is during the second trimester. Travellers should read the small print of their health and travel insurance to check that they are adequately covered during pregnancy. It may also be wise to take some sort of proof of pregnancy stating the baby`s due date (either a doctors letter or MATB1 certificate). Pregnancies with complications will require a letter of permission to fly from a doctor and some airlines may ask expectant mothers to fill out an indemnity form before the flight. For added comfort during the flight, expectant mothers are advised to choose a seat with extra legroom or an aisle seat (not by an emergency exit) if possible. As travelling while pregnant can increase the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis it is best to wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes, drink plenty of water, get up regularly and walk around the aircraft or do some exercises while seated. Particularly on long-haul flights, compression stockings may help prevent discomfort and swelling.

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