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Long-haul flight and pregnancy

We're off to Mexico for a week on holiday soon, by which time I'll be five and a half months pregnant. Will I be OK to fly? Are the any precautions I should take? Will it be dangerous for my baby if I have an upset stomach once we get there - I'm usually quite sensitive to hot climates and foreign food?

It seems like a long way to go and a long time to spend in the air for a week. In your condition, this is going to be exhausting, but if your doctor has given you the green light, then why not! Only you yourself knows how you're feeling.
For such a long flight, it is very important for pregnant women to wear Deep Vein Thrombosis socks (try Scholl) and to walk up and down the aisle every couple of hours, to keep your circulation going and minimise the risk of blood clots. Try to minimise queing time at check in and baggage claim by getting there as early as possible and if you can, fly business class for extra leg room and more comfort. If you have economy tickets, explain the situation to the check-in staff and ask them to put you next to the emergency exit, so you will be able to stretch your legs. An upset tummy won't harm your baby in any way.

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