Follow our tips to make travelling when you’re pregnant easy and comfortable.
When can I fly?
Mums-to-be who are 28 weeks pregnant or over need to carry a certificate or letter from a registered doctor or registered midwife, dated no more than 10 days prior to travel confirming:
- The estimated date of delivery,
- Whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy and,
- That there are no complications with the pregnancy
The certificate or letter must be available on request and be carried with you at the airport and during the flight in your cabin baggage.
If you have experienced complications or are expecting multiple births we recommend that you speak to your doctor before booking as you will need to obtain medical clearance prior to travel. Most experts strongly advise against flying during the last 2-3 weeks of your pregnancy.
If you have any doubts or concerns about flying, as a mum-to-be or a new mum, we strongly urge you to seek medical advice before you book your flight.
Jetstar’s Pregnancy Policy and Medical Clearance.
Vaccinations and limits
For some of our destinations we recommend that you arrange travel vaccinations. Not all vaccinations can be given to pregnant women so it’s best to seek medical advice before you book.
Some countries have entry limits for non-national pregnant women. Check with the relevant consulate before you book.
X-rays and your baby
When you and your baby pass through security you go through a metal detector, not an X-ray machine. Only your luggage and personal effects are x-rayed.
Tips for comfy flying
- Request an aisle seat. You’ll have a bit more freedom get out of your seat without feeling like you’re disturbing other passengers. For safety reasons we might not be able to give you an exit row seat.
- For comfort and safety wear your seatbelt below your belly, around your hips
- Choose a seat near the back so it’s a shorter trip to the toilet
- Wear open shoes or slip-ons so, if your feet begin to swell, it’s easy to get them off
- Moving around and stretching can help alleviate swelling in your feet and legs. Support stockings can be useful too
- Stay hydrated and remember to pack snacks
- Consider bringing ginger tea bags on board as some people find it helps with nausea
- Think about adding a stopover to your long haul flight for a chance to rest and move around
- Consider treating yourself to a Business Class seat. You’ll get extra room and a dedicated business class crew
- For safety reasons mums-to-be are typically unable to sit in the emergency exit row. When you book, remember to avoid sitting in the exit rows.
The best time for a holiday
Taking a trip before your baby arrives can be a great time to rest. The best time to travel when you’re pregnant is in the second trimester, or early in the third. We strongly against flying from the start of your 36th week.
We offer special holiday getaways and activities so you can plan with your feet up.