SAFETY: The NHS offers advice for women wanting to fly while pregnant (Pic: GETTY)
Meghan Markle, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, announced they are expecting their first child.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, shared the news on the Kensington Palace Twitter account this morning.
The statement said: "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.
"Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public."
The royal couple have also just landed in Australia to kick off their royal tour.
HEALTH: Pregnant women are advised to drink plenty of water and walk around the cabin (Pic: GETTY)
But is it safe to fly while pregnant?
"Travel during pregnancy is a concern for many women," says Sarah Reynolds, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Bedford Hospital NHS Trust.
"But if your pregnancy has no complications then there's no reason why you can't travel safely, as long as you take the right precautions."
Some women prefer not to travel in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy because of nausea. The risk of miscarriage is also higher during this time, but flying doesnt increase the risk.
The NHS website states: “Flying isn't harmful to you or your baby, but discuss any health issues or pregnancy complications with your midwife or doctor before you fly.”
Can you fly long-haul during pregnancy?
While there is no advice against flying long haul while pregnant, you may find it more uncomfortable than usual.
Long-distance flying also carries a small risk of blood clots and its not known whether being pregnant increases the risk.
“If you fly, drink plenty of water and move about regularly – every 30 minutes or so,” the NHS website recommends.
“You can buy a pair of graduated compression or support stockings from the pharmacy, which will help reduce leg swelling.”
Do calf exercise and walking around the cabin can also decrease your risk of getting abloom clot.
Will airlines let you fly throughout your pregnancy?
“The likelihood of going into labour is naturally higher after 37 weeks (around 32 weeks if you're carrying twins), and some airlines won't let you fly towards the end of your pregnancy, the NHS website warns.
“Check with the airline for their policy on this.”
After week 28 of pregnancy, the airline may ask for a letter from your doctor or midwife confirming your due date, and that you aren't at risk of complications.