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Flying While Pregnant

Babysugar Diaries: Preparing for a Long Flight

Another weekend, another wedding. Last night, my husband and I flew from San Francisco to Martha's Vineyard for another nuptial filled weekend. Excited as I am for the celebrations, I am never thrilled for the brutal red-eye.

To make life a little easier, I brought a pregnant woman's goody bag on board with me. Here's what it included:

  • Knee high socks to help blood circulation in my legs.
  • Bottles of water (purchased after security, of course!)
  • Snacks — low sodium because less dehydration is best.

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  • Tums and Tylenol in case I started to feel ill.
  • Headphones, earplugs and my iPod to block out the noise.
  • Books, magazines, DVD Player — anything to entertain me in case sleep was out of the question.
  • Pillows — a donut one for my neck and a small one for my back.
  • Slippers so I could rest comfortably and get up and walk around with ease.

A long skirt or dress is a dream to wear on a plane as you can relax in nearly every imaginable position — seat permitting. Also, if you are flying during mealtimes, check ahead of time to see if you can request a vegetarian option. They tend to be rather bland, which can often keep a mother-to-be less nauseated than the other options.

If you have some flying tips, share them in the comments below!

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macgirl macgirl 8 years
I am not normally a dress wearer but when I was pregnant I had this jersey cotton sun dress that I would wear with a tank top and feel as comfortable as if I were nude (I had issues with the pressure of my bra making me nauseous). I wore that on our 5 hour flight to hawaii when I was 6 months pregnant. Keep in mind at 6 months pregnant I was larger than most of the people I knew that were 9 months pregnant. I didn't do anything else special or out of my ordinary travel routine (we have flown quite a bit in the last 4 years so I might just have it down?). At 7.5 months pregnant I flew to San Jose which was only like an hour flight but I made the mistake of wearing jeans and wanted to die.
facin8me facin8me 8 years
Greggie, when are you going to become GreggieSugar? Your advice is always so informed and helpful. I'm always storing away your advices in my head for when I get pregnant and have a "babe" (to use the 'lil lingo).
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I didn't really do anything differently when I flew while pregnant, except making sure I was well hydrated. And I definitely got up and walked more (although peeing 8974 times made that necessary). But otherwise, they were just typical flights for me (I always pack snacks and have music and reading material). But I was fortunate that I didn't have swelling or other issues.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
i wore my favorite designer maternity jeans.... thats what i would have worn if i wasnt pregnant so thats what i went with. i felt cute and they were comfy. my feet could have used the sox tho.... my feet blew up (we flew to boulder tho) when we landed... elevation and pregnancy didnt mix too well
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I would be so uncomfortable in a skirt or dress on a plane. I wore maternity leggings or yoga pants when I flew while pregnant. I also used my repeated trips to the bathroom as my excuse to get up and walk around regularly, knee socks tend to constrict my legs rather than the other way around. I'd probably bring some flavored packets to put in the water as well, since regular water can increase nausea.
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