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Flying and Morning Sickness: A Survival Guide

I never had that lovely pregnancy glow – just the morning sickness sweats! There wasn’t a toilet within a ten mile radius that I hadn’t stuck my head down. You see I was one of those unfortunate people that suffered morning sickness until my third trimester. I had a brief period of restate before it had an encore. On top of that, my morning sickness was more a morning, noon and night sickness having more oral expulsions than Krakatoa! For me, not travelling during pregnancy was a no no. I have to travel regularly for work and if I was doing that I was sure going to travel for pleasure! This meant I was going to have to learn to deal with flying and morning sickness.

I’m not saying you should travel while suffering from morning sickness and a doctor should always be consulted. But if like me you have no choice but to travel while morning sick here are my top tips for surviving  flying and morning sickness. I do mean surviving because when flying with morning sickness, this is the best outcome you can hope for:

Top 10 Tips for flying and morning sickness survival!

1. Fly Business or First

If at all possible fly business or first. I did both of these while pregnant and these journeys were far more pleasurable than when I was back in economy. But let’s face it – this is an option many of us can’t afford when travelling on our own dime.

2. Check out the seat configuration of the plane and choose your seat wisely. 

There is an art form to picking the perfect seat while suffering from morning sickness. An aisle seat is a must! It’s better anyway to help prevent deep vein thrombosis. It will help for all those joyous trips to the bathroom that pregnancy gives you. If for some reason you can’t get one, it’s always worth asking fellow passengers. In my experience, no one wants to be vomited on!

You definitely want to be close to the toilets in case your body gives you a five second warning about impending vom! But if bad toilet smells – yep we’ve all been on that flight – or toilet chemicals are your trigger then maybe give yourself a couple of rows leeway. Fortunately for me, neither of these were my triggers.

I always opted for an aisle row seat just in front of the bathroom next to the galley. It is always worth checking these seats, as on many planes these are in a two person configuration, which means if you have a midair-seatbelt-sign-on incident, only your partner is going to have to suffer watching you hurl in a little paper bag

3. Hoard the barf bags!

Thankfully present on all flights, these little bags will become your best friend. It is always worth having more than one with you, just in case.

Now the biggest tip I have, which was given to me by an ex-stewardess friend, is always carry a good supply of ziploc bags. These are great for times when you have no sick bags . But they are also great for those midair-seatbelt-sign-on incidents. You can put away your lovely bag of vomit discretely and trap in all those lovely aromas at the same time. Your fellow passengers are definitely going to thank you for that one!

Don’t forget to grab a couple of unused barf bags on your way off. I always kept a healthy supply of these in my handbag!

4. Bring on your own food. 

For me, food smells were my biggest trigger so I always carried on food for me and my hubby to limit the amount of airplane food odours around me and make sure I had something with me I knew I could stomach. For me, this meant a healthy supply of salt and vinegar crisps in the early days and some mints for breath freshener.

5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! 

I always informed the stewardess at the beginning of the flight about my pregnancy and asked for them to bring me a bottle of water. They never said no and I was always given a large bottle as it would save them time during a flight.

6. Sleep, sleep and more sleep

Easier said than done I know but if at all all possible try to rest. Travel can be exhausting anyway, let alone travelling while pregnant but I found the better rested I was, the more I was able to deal with the sickness.

7. Extra clothes and tie that hair up  

I doubt this one needs extra explanation

8. Remember your meds or any remedies doctor has prescribed

So these are my top tips for flying while morning sick. During my pregnancy I travelled to 10 countries. I did a few long haul flights all with success. Flying and morning sickness is never going to be a pleasurable experience but I hope, that if you have decided to or need to travel while suffering from morning sick, these tips will help.

Do you have any tips for surviving flying and morning sickness?

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Kirsten

Monday 30th of July 2018

Im currently struggling with all day nausea. I am 8 weeks pregnant and due to fly on Tuesday, just a short flight to Spain. I am concerned though about feeling this way on the flight and dreading being stuffed on the over crowded shuttle bus. I’ve found your tips really helpful. While it’s comforting to know I am not alone, I was just wondering how you coped mentally with being so nauseous day in day out. I feel miserable and trapped in a never ending nightmare at the moment and feeling a bit of a failure already as many women just seem to say they were just the same and just dealt with it much better than me. Any advice? Xxx

Wandermust Mummy

Tuesday 31st of July 2018

Hi Kirsten, thanks for your message - sorry I only just saw this! It is so difficult when you think it will never end and facing days hugging a toilet bowl. I found that having little things to look forward to helps and know that this will be a distant memory once you are holding our precious bundle. And don’t feel like a failure it is proving that you are doing everything right! I once read that morning sickness was a sign of intelligent baby so cling to that :)! I would love to hear how you got on with your flight?

Leslie

Monday 16th of April 2018

Omg. Thank you!!! I also fly regularly for work (twice a week) and have been doing so for over a year. Only the last couple of months have been complicated since I’ve been pregnant (now 23 weeks). I did not handle my nausea well on my flight this morning. I had a nose bleed last night, didn’t sleep at all and a 6am flight. All just a bad combination. I broke out in a sweat when I felt ill went to the back of the plane and was able to cool off with an ice pack, ginger ale and the overhead fan. It was my worst flight to date. The turbulence was just the icing on the cake. Anyways, I survived but stomach is still feeling queasy so I’m in my hotel instead of work. Will use these tips on my next flight. Thank you

Wandermust Mummy

Tuesday 17th of April 2018

I hope these tips help! I know exactly how you feel and remember this awful feeling well! Let us know how you get on with your next flight!

MELANIE EDJOURIAN

Sunday 5th of November 2017

To be honest I wouldn't fly when pregnant myself as I get severe sickness. Great tips though for those that just feel a bit nauseous.

Out Of Depth Dad

Saturday 4th of November 2017

Great post! I'm not a good flyer - at all! There are some really good tips on here that I'll certainly be trying out! Thanks for sharing!

Claire

Saturday 4th of November 2017

Great tips here. I remember morning sickness well but I never travelled far because of it when I was pregnant.