Flying When Pregnant

Flying when pregnant in the first trimester

As long as you are deemed healthy by your doctor, flying when pregnant in the first trimester poses little risk to you or your unborn baby. The only exception is travelling on non-commercial flights where air pressure is not adjusted. This is because the amount of oxygen in the air decreases as altitude increases, potentially leaving you in short supply. However, if you travel by commercial airline you have no need to be concerned as air pressure in their cabins is adjusted so that there is a sufficient supply of oxygen on board.

It is advisable to ask for an aisle seat so that you have clear access to the bathroom and keeping a sick bag to hand is a good idea in case of bouts of nausea. Seats situated level with the wings tend to provide the smoothest ride and are favourable if your stomach is already doing somersaults.

If you are suffering badly with sickness and nausea it can be a good idea to take your own snacks for the journey in case you are unable to stomach the food served on the plane. Dried fruit, biscuits or crackers can be conveniently kept in your hand luggage and will help to keep your energy levels up. As amniotic fluid develops in the first trimester it is especially important to keep hydrated. The atmosphere on the plane can be quite dry so make sure you drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated drinks.

The risk of deep vein thrombosis is slightly increased during pregnancy so you should aim to be as active as possible during your flight. Get up and walk around every hour and stretch your legs and feet every half hour to help boost circulation. Compression stockings are also a good idea.

Travel Insurance

Before you embark on your travels make sure that you are covered by a comprehensive health insurance policy. It is important to check that your policy provides sufficient cover for pregnancy related treatment in case you fall ill while you are away. If you are unsure of what is covered by your policy, you should contact your insurance provider to check the details and arrange for an upgrade if necessary.


Addtional Pregnancy Information:

Pregnancy Due Date Calculator

Are you pregnant and wondering when is my due date? Find out with our pregnancy calculator.


Credit Card payments welcome

Payment is required by cash or card on arrival at the clinic. We do not accept cheques.

Cancellation Policy
Please be aware that Cherish-UK has a 24 hour notice cancellation policy.

If you do not attend on the day and have not made contact to cancel your appointment we reserve the right to charge the full fee.

Early Pregnancy & Fertility Scan Fees

Our early pregnancy & fertility scan fees cover all aspects of your appointment which will include the following:

  • Full Consultation
  • Transabdominal Scan or Transvaginal Scan
  • Black and White Scan Image(s)
  • Scan Report

Please Note: It may be necessary for both a transabdominal and transvaginal scan to be performed. If this is the case then no extra charge is made.


Monday - Saturday



Sunday 9.30am - 12pm



Baby Gender Scan or Sexing Scan Fees

A gender scan, also called a sexing scan will determine the sex / gender of your baby. This scan can be performed between 16-20 weeks of your pregnancy.


Monday - Saturday



- Twin Pregnancy



Sunday 9.30am - 12pm



- Twin Pregnancy



Special Offer Scan Packages

1. Early Pregnancy Scan Offer
Buy one Early Pregnancy scan for £80, any other 2D pregnancy scans within the same pregnancy at intervals of your choice up to 30 weeks will be charged at £60 each.


2. Follicle Tracking Scans Package
This will include 3 follicle tracking scans on alternate days within the same cycle for £200, any further tracking scans within the same cycle will be charged at £50 each. PLEASE NOTE: The Follicle Tracking Scans Package is not available for patients having IVF monitoring.

UK / Overseas Fertility Clinics

Cherish-UK has links with fertility clinics both abroad and in the UK and provides fertility scanning services for patients undergoing fertility treatment. Please take a look at the fertility clinics we are linked with.

Cherish UK Standards of Care

Located in Birmingham, West Midlands

Cherish-UK is centrally located in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, West Midlands, close to Birmingham City Centre having easy access from Birmingham, Tamworth, Erdington, Great Barr, Lichfield, Burntwood, Aldridge, Walsall, South Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Situated within a short walk from Sutton Coldfield train station, there are regular rail connections to Birmingham's New Street Station. See contact us for further information.