Medical Q&As

Pregnant - safe to fly?

I have booked my holidays and have just discovered I'm pregnant. I will be 8 weeks gone (from date of conception) flying there and ten weeks gone when flying back. It is a long haul flight, first to London then to Mauritius. Should I go? What are the risks to the baby?

There is no need for you to worry about this trip and there is no need for you to cancel your travel plans. Your baby will not suffer any ill effects from the flight. Flying is not recommended when a pregnant woman is close to full term but there are no difficulties with air travel during the first and second trimester.