Flying when pregnant and with children

Pregnancy

Mothers-to-be whose pregnancy has proceeded without complications can travel on Swiss flights up to the end of the 36th week of pregnancy, i.e. up until four weeks before their scheduled delivery date. If you are expecting a multiple birth and the pregnancy proceeds without complications, you can travel on Swiss flights up to the end of the 32th week of pregnancy.

We recommend expectant mothers beyond the 28th week of their pregnancies to carry a current letter from a physician stating that the pregnancy is uncomplicated and confirming the expected date of delivery. The physician should state that the patient's pregnancy does not prevent her from travelling by air.

Pregnant women also run a higher risk of developing a deep-vein trombosis throughout their pregnancy. In view of this, if you are flying while pregnant, we advise you to wear compression stockings, and to drink enought. Best of all, discuss your air travel plans with your gynecologist in advance, to minimize any additional risk.

Travelling with children

A healthy new-born child can travel by air at just seven days old. Because of their enlarged faucial tonsils, children can have problems equalising the pressure in the ear’s Eustachian tube. In view of this, care should be taken during the flight’s climb and descent to ensure that the child is awake, so that they can take the active steps needed to equalise the pressure here. For infants, breastfeeding or bottle-feeding can help keep the Eustachian tube adequately open.

A further drinking tip: since children have a greater skin area compared to their weight, and also tend to lose more body fluids through their skin than adults do, particular care should be taken to ensure that they drink adequate amounts of fluids during the flight.

Travelling with children