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Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I've heard that you shouldn't fly until after 12 weeks because of the risk of miscarriage -- is this correct? I feel like I've heard of lots of people flying before 12 weeks, though, so I'm wondering if this is just an outdated theory.

Re: I've heard that you shouldn't fly until after 12 weeks because of the risk of miscarriage -- is this correct? I feel like I've heard of lots of people flying before 12 weeks, though, so I'm wondering if this is just an outdated theory.

The Bump Expert

If you've never had a miscarriage before, it should be safe to fly. The other theory you've heard has to do with the fact that approximately 20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Once you've had two or three miscarriages in a row, this risk increases to more than 30%. If you are going to have a miscarriage, it's much more likely to happen in the first trimester than later in pregnancy. By flying, you aren't increasing your risk of miscarriage, but it can be logistically and emotionally difficult if you experience a miscarriage away from home.

Dr. Ashley Roman

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how long after having the baby should i wait to travel?

faypez242 |

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I have flown before the 12 week mark and the only big problem I had was that it made my morning sickness 10 times worse! Not very appealing on a plane!

jen03301 |

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im scared now im 5 weeks today and i will be flying for about 2 hours on week 7 and for 10 hours on week 8!!!! please tell me im safe!?!

nuestra _boda |

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I had an early term miscarriage over the summer. Now I am pregnant again and of course really worried about this time around. So I was very comforted by this page (& my Doc!) saying that flying itself before week 12 does not contribute. I put it to the test- flew to/from Europe in week 4/7 - no problems on the flights. I am now at 10 weeks. Hope this helps!

liongish119 |

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I flew from Ohio to Thailand at 8 weeks and back again at 10 weeks. Other than the food smells making me sick I didn't have any problems. I was told to drink at least a cup of water every hour and to get up for 15 minutes every two hours (typically had to pee at this rate so sleeping through it wasn't an issue at all!) If the smells get to you, ask the flight attendant for a bag of coffee. I laid the bag of coffee beans on my shoulder and it helped my tummy settle almost instantly.

youngmomma |

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can you take a motion sickness pill while you're pregnant? I know that might be a stupid question, but I need to know.

deb2126 |

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My OB/GYN's website says that Dramamine is safe to take.

nicobean1 |

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I read that this info comes from studies done on flight attendants who fly 20 hours a week over the course of their pregnancies and have increased risk of miscarriage. And something else about the radiation and air quality in planes. Dont quote me, google it.

adyer0507 |

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Deb- try SeaBands or Relief Bands. They are motion sickness bands, accupressure on your wrist, so arent drugs. Good for morning sickness too.

adyer0507 |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I found out I was pregnant at 4 weeks (I could be farther along, I haven't had an ultrasound yet and I had irregular periods) and two days after my appointment I had to fly to New England for work. The flight there was ok (about an hour and a half). I managed to get a seat in the exit row so I had some room to stretch. The only issue I really had on that flight was my ankles swelling A LOT. The flight back home was a totally different story though, I sat in the back of the plane about two seats away from the toilets. It seemed like every 2 seconds someone was going to the bathroom and everytime the door opened I could smell everything that had been "deposited" in the bathroom the entire flight. Aside from that, the flight was fine until the landing. My stomach totally flipped on that flight because i was in the back of the plane and I thought I was going to be sick. I was sitting next to my boss who is still unaware that I"m pregnant since it's so early, and afraid I was going to puke in his lap. Long story short, I went to the doctor as soon as I got back from the flight because they wanted to draw blood and everything still looked good. The only negative that I experienced by flying in the 1st trimester was the sensitivity to smells and sitting in the very back of the plane where the ride isn't as gentle.

calake |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I flew when I was just short of 5 weeks and lost the baby at 5w5d. The pg test they gave me in the hospital was negative, so they know the miscarriage happened several days (up to a week) before. No one will ever know for sure if traveling had anything to do with it, but I will never fly pg again.

staclinusa |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I am 7w pregnant now and flew from Europe back to the States on a 10 hour flight 4w pregnant. Thank goodness it was a non-stop flight. I had complications since I had IVF and had ascites. I told myself never again will I fly while pregnant. I had to pee every 30 minutes, and drink 4 liters of water on that flight to prevent thrombosis. My back was killing me and I virtually had to lay as far down on the seat as possible because lying down was more comfortable than sitting. I stood most of the flight and probably dozed off for 30 minutes. Every day is a blessing that I am still pregnant. I am to fly again at week 20 and God willing I'll make it that far and hopefully be out of the major danger period of miscarriage. But I will not hesitate to cancel that flight if I have to. Good luck.

Blessing1231 |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I just found out I'm pregnant (approx. 5 weeks) - I have to fly 26+ hours (including 5 hr layover) from Australia to US (east coast) in 3 weeks time which would put me 8 weeks into the pregnancy. I have not experienced any morning sickness yet but am concerned about being on such long flights. Besides trying to get an aisle seat and arming myself with paper bags, does anyone have any tips to help survive this dreadfully long trip? I travel very frequently and don't usually get up during flights (even long-haul) - I prefer to curl up in my window seat and lose myself in books/movies for the entire duration, perhaps only getting up once to pee. Is this not recommended while pregnant? Should I try to walk around often? Any tips/advice will be appreciated!

catbarrel@yahoo.com.au |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I'm also concerned. I just found out i'm pg and only 4 weeks. In 2 weeks, I have a 14 hour flight.

BallerinaK |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I flew about 3 days after conception (before I had any clue I was pregnant), and then again a week and a half after that, and most recently again at 10 weeks. I'm currently 11 weeks and 3 days and haven't had any problems so far, I am 23 years old, if that matters to anyone. I would recommend doing what you're most comfortable with, however. I can imagine myself feeling extremely guilty if I do miscarry - that I didn't take more caution. But then again, these things will generally happen on their own, and it's really nobody's fault. Life just happens.

musicgal05 |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I flew from Indiana to Texas and back at Week 6-7 and was fine. I'm at Week 9 now.

LEliseStar |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

How soon after the baby is born, are you able to travel with baby, not flying but driving?

sunshinehoneybee |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

As for flying pregnant, just try to stay healthy cuz plane air has more germs, so wash your hands, etc. Other than that it's safe, I'll be flying soon in my 2nd trimester. As for traveling after baby is born I hear from people it's not really an issue, infants are much better travel partners than toddlers. I have to drive 12hrs. about a month after my baby is born. We'll just plan frequent stops, and bring bottles so we don't have to stop to breastfeed all the time. Other than that stories i've heard is they sleep through most of it.

allardr |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

My best advice for you is to consult your doctor about this matter. Some people can have a restriction, some don't. Maybe you want to go on a tour of queenstown new zealand<.a>. The location could also be important for your doctor to know.

TikiTaka |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

If you are flying have someone else pick up your luggage, especially carryon for overhead compartment. I had 2 miscarriages in a row that occurred 2 hrs after landing. I had done carryon only and think the problem was because of the twisting around and weight of the bag.

Mdshockley |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I traveled to London when I was pregnant in 13 weeks and besides morning sicknesses I had no problems at all, when we got there we had a pleasant surprise after the staff from http://www.heathrowparking.com/ made us a big discount, stayed at a nice hotel for 3 days then came back home. Some of my friends cannot support to travel by car when they are pregnant, I have no problem with that.

amyabel68 |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I flew abroad in my first trimester of pregnancy I was totally fine. Of course, I did this after the doctor gave me permission to do it, I wouldn`t have done it before I made sure my baby is free of any risk. That was actually a period of some of the most beautiful activities and experiences during my journeys. After that, I cut off my voyages and rested at home for my baby.

conquerer |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I don't think flying before week 12 would be a problem. That is why you can do your vacation packing without any stress and enjoy the trip.

deanjohnson |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I found out I was pregnant in Dec right before the holidays and had to fly three times back and forth from California to Missouri first to see my family, then to see his, and then back to Missouri for our move. As you can imagine this could have been quite stressful especially combined with my morning sickness and fatigue.. The best thing I could have done was yoga before and after. Make sure you've stretched before getting on the plane and after a long flight this not only will help your body from cramping but it calms you and baby down. Really try to relax not allow the hustle and bustle of getting to terminals stress you out. ***Staying hydrated onthe plane in important also if you get motion sickness easy eat small meals before and after your fligh. Eating fruit and salines on your flight will help with the nausea and constipation (which is to be expected).. 11weeks 3 days today. Started showing this week. Baby and i have a scheduled apt this wed. Everythings looking good and Im feeling healthier and have more energy. We have to continue in lifes challenges even thru pregnancy. I've started a pregnancy scrap book with my hospital bands and plane tickets, first travel with you in my belly. This also helped relieve some of the panic or stress.

Renee&littleDana |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

I flew to Istanbul, Turkey from NY (over 7hr flight) while 6 weeks and I spotted the moment I landed with mild cramps,and went on for two weeks.....which ended in a D&C while I was overseas! The miscarriage was unexplained, they said baby stopped growing at 6 weeks but sac was 8 wks :( It was devastating, I think it had to do with the flight. So to be safe, I would not advise flying while pregnant, especially early on!

wannabeamommynow |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

My wife asked her doctor if she can travel to Minneapolis becauseI really wanted to visti http://www.waterparkofamerica.com/family-activities-in-minneapolis.html and he replied that she was perfectly healthy and nothing bad could happen. She was pregnant in 10 weeks and felt no pain during flight.

johnsolas |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

My cousin flew twice from New York to Hawaii while being pregnant and she said she had no problems with the flight itself, but with the companies that ensure the transfer from the airport to the hotel. First time she flew, she said that the transfer was horrible. The bus was over-crowded and she barely could breathe. Second time she flew, she was more careful with this and choosing Honolulu airport shuttle service she said it was the best decision. Now, either she is or not pregnant, anytime she travels to Hawaii she books a transfer with them because of the services' quality.

amyabel68 |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

Always check with your doctor before any plans. Miscarriage is not to be played around with. From some experiences you learn that you better have a quick check on Rapid Test and then just do regular check-ups with your doctor. Good luck!

JanisJNoukster |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

Some people are very superstitious when it comes to having their first baby, but nerves go away in time. You can go and ask for more info on any subject for your own reassurance. Go have regular check-ups and you'll be fine.

JanisJNoukster |

Q&A: Is it safe to fly before week 12?

Usually it's safe but you can check first with your doctors. Even youreyedoc.com it's a good source for that if you are not willing to travel from doctor to doctor in the same day. The important thing is to want to take care of yourself.

siedna |