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Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

Can I fly when I’m five months pregnant?

Re: Can I fly when I’m five months pregnant?

The Bump Expert

If you’re having a healthy pregnancy, absolutely! And you should -- because once baby comes, it’ll be difficult just to make it to the grocery store, at least for a while. Just make sure to get up and walk around during your flight to avoid deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which is the formation of a blood clot deep in the vein. Pregnancy increases the risk of DVT due to your body's natural tendency to prevent excessive bleeding during childbirth. You should also drink plenty of water to combat dehydration. Check with your doctor, but if you’re having a normal pregnancy, most OBs say you can travel until 32-36 weeks. After this point, you run the risk of going into labor while in the air.

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Flying while pregnant?

I am 8 weeks now and flying in April to Arizona. My doctor is not worried at all and it is okay unless your doctor says otherwise.

samsb2be |

re: Q: Flying while pregnant?

Soon I will be flying from Japan to the US. I will be about 28 weeks. I am so worried but my doctor says i will be fine.

Squirtenm |

re: Q: Flying while pregnant?

I am flying in one month so I will be 10 weeks pregnant? Is it really a risk factor for a miscarriage? The flight is only an hour and a half... do you think it will be okay??? Obviously, I will put the health and safety of this baby over flying to a friends baby shower :)

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re: Q: Flying while pregnant?

I am 14 weeks and have flown since I became pregnant (even before I knew) every week. Just drink tons of water, and don't carry luggage that is too heavy or will strain you by lifting over your head into the bin.

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re: Q: Flying while pregnant?

i have 3 trips planned between weeks 25 and 32. my dr. said they were fine and she didn't recommend flying 34 weeks + but anything before that was fine. they will probably see me before i leave on the last trip since its like 2 weeks to make sure that all is well before i head out of town.

ericaelaine2 |

re: Q: Flying while pregnant?

I'm flying to Africa in June (I'll be 12+ weeks) and my OB is only worried about the malaria meds that I'll need to take. She says flying should be fine but I HAVE to get up every 3-4 hours and walk around.

wana |

re: Q: Flying while pregnant?

I am slightly over seven weeks and will be 8 weeks on Monday the 15th which is the day I am flying. My doctor told me that flying is perfectly fine and causes no harm to the baby. :)

Intensebrunette |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I am a flight attendant and believe me, it is perfectly fine. I can work and fly up until two weeks before delivery. We pregnant flight attendants do it all the time.

Kitten48 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I flew to Hawaii and back during the last week of my second trimester and everything went fine! Enjoy it.

muziktchr |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

yes

ss4117 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

i'm flying 3 hours to go on our last "pre-kids" vacation at 36 1/2 weeks--my doctor encouraged me to do it and said since i haven't had any complications, i'll be fine.

christinakempe |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I've flown over 50k miles internationally during my pregnancy (for work, family, and holidays). My OB has encouraged me to do so as long I feel up to it. Only difference while pregnant has been the long (12+ hour flights) are more uncomfortable in coach, my feet swell more, and jet lag is harder to get over. I just schedule extra days/time to recover from the long flights & catch up on sleep before getting back to work, or conducting work abroad.

lduthie |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I have several long flights planned later in my pregnancy. I've been told to get compression socks, but not sure what to get or where to get them.

abaslittlegirl@yahoo.com |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

They may have the socks at a pharmacy...I am a pilot in the military and am allowed by "reg" to fly until my 3rd trimester. I am sure if there was any question they would not allow it. Who knows maybe our little one will learn to be a good traveler from the start!!

firefly05 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I am 12 weeks now and just flew last week. Also with my son I flew up until 8 months and was fine! Like the expert says there are no risks unless you have a high risk pregnancy. You just might be extra uncomfortable, and make sure to have a lot of water with you at all times!

justcassidy |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I am going from WV to Las Vegas at the end of March, webooked the trip before we found out we were expecting... I'll be right at the end of the first trimester... and I've been so sick. All my doc is worried about is me getting dehydrated on the trip.

evajean85 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I'm 6 months pregnant. My husband is currently living in Miami and I live in Puerto Rico. I've been flying during all my pregnancy and I haven't experience any minor problems. My only concern are my constant trips to the bathroom =)

LittleVanessa |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

My doctor said if your flight is over an hour and a half then try to get up and move around which is also important if youre taking a car ride that pregnant women need to get up and move around more. i will be 7 weeks on saturday and i am flying to Texas

mandyLDW |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I'm a flight attendant, 10 weeks pregnant, we are on the job, doing up to 4 flights a day, until the 3rd trimester. Granted we get to move around quite a bit more, but my doctor sees no complications with the schedule. I recommend taking an empty water bottle through security and filling it up before boarding, the tiny cups we give out aren't much. Also maybe pre select a seat on the aisle and close to the bathroom, if you are in the middle of the plane the bar carts will always be in your way.

carlysema |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I am a flight attendant who still works up to 7 flights a day, 14 1/2 hr shifts- I am 22 weeks pregnant, and other than 1st trimester nausea and getting sick,(which happened both on and off the plane) I still feel great flying! I have 10 more weeks until my doctor pulls me from active duty, but we have planned a trip to Montana to visit some family at that point. It's a short 2 flights up there, and as long as I feel good, and the doctor ok's it- the trip is still on! Just drink lots of water, move about when it is safe to do so, and prop your feet up in the airport- also be aware of turbulence. It is perfectly if you are seated with your belt on, but it can be a little rough if you're up- and since we have a new center of gravity, you might fall- just be careful. And get someone else to lift your bags for you if you are traveling alone- passengers (I am finding) will bend over backwards to help you when you are pregnant.

Kelley101010 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I am also a flight attendant but my company (in the middle east) does not allow us to fly when pregnant so I will be on unpaid maternity leave for quite a while (in my 1st trimester) but I only do long haul flights, mainly ultra long - so I am looking forward to some time on ground, although I will be flying quite a bit so I can see my friends and family at home - (flight over 7 hours)! There is nothing to worry about unless you are having a high risk pregnancy but then your Dr. will have told you this - the cabin crew are also fully trained in dealing with births on board - we have quite a few every year (although not recommended!!!)

Vixster78 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

Yes but make sure you throw poop at each other

msmeliss777 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I've heard that some airlines get worried about letting pregnant (third trimester) women fly, so my only recommendation is traveling with a note from your doctor saying that you're fine to fly.

whyteoleander |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

yeah i flew to BOS when i was 31 weeks and my doc said it was fine.

prnena105 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I travel for a living....my doctor says its absolutely fine until around the 32nd week. Just keep you legs moving and drink lots of water.

ggsgirl1 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

my dr cleared my husband and i to head out to cancun for a week the 35 wk.. after that she says we're "grounded".. but it'll be great to get some sun after being stuck in the cold of WI...

ladyflyn77 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I'm 27 weeks now and will be flying out next week to WA, it's a 4 hr flight from Chicago. As long as you are not having complications w/ ur pregnancy and ur Dr. okays it, you s/b fine. Make sure to drink lots of water and get up and stretch. My Dr. also recommended that I buy some special socks to avoid blod clots on my veins.

latinxica80@aol.com |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I am only 6 weeks pregnant but am getting a little nervous about my best friend's wedding (which I am supposed to stand up in) in October. It's in Napa Valley (about a 3 hour flight) and I'll be 36 weeks pregnant!!!! My first doctor's appointment is in two weeks so I am going to discuss this with her and BEG her to let me go (or else my friend is going to kill me!).

tanad85 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I am due September 22 and have decided to go away on vacation (flight 4hrs) around July 15....is this ok?

vanessrose |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

It is SO great to see everyone's answers, especially the flight attendants weighing in! I too am planning on flying on 6 hr flight around 13 weeks, which will also be when we tell everyone in person!:) It is also my husbands 40th birthday soon and I keep going back and forth about getting him an international trip for us as a surprise, so it's great to hear from others who have done it. Whether we go somewhere locally, or perhaps Europe, I can't wait to get in a vacation before we loose the window to travel for a bit.

flipflops01 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

It is so great to see that im not the only one nervous about flying home for a couple weeks. I am 9 weeks pregnant and my husband and are flying home for 2 weeks and i have been doing alot question asking about flying this early but everyone told i would fine and thanks to everyone on here u have calmed most of my nervous so Thank goodness for this post! As long as i get an isle seat to walk around and drink plenty of water i should be good right?!

bgariel |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

you can fly till you are 8 months

MARILYNSDESIGNS |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I fly about 2x month on cross country trips. The empty water bottle is key. Ask one of the concession outlets to fill it up with ice water for you once through security. Also pack plenty of a variation of snacks to ward off nausea and keep up blood sugar.

loristockdale |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

for the past 3 weeksi have been flying in and out of Durban and Johannesburg but the first 2 flights gave me such bad headaches because of the high altitude but i went to see a doctor and obviously there was nothing they could give me :( nonetheless the doctor told me that eating sweets or bubblegum through out the flight will help open the eardrums and that will not cause any more headaches. One gotta love the doctors - i did just that, i chewed on wine gums sweets and bubblegum and drank juice - Viola! no headache attacks. So if you didnt know about this trick or suffering from terrible headaches after flying try this IT WORKS!!! b.t.w. I am 28 weeks pregnant and my gynae said i could fly until about 34 weeks.

Nokuzola |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

When I was pregnant with my second child I decided with my husband to make a little vacation far away from home. I was pregnant in 20 weeks and thought I won`t have any problems, but during the flight a headache suddenly started and I felt very bad. I started to feel better when we arrived at Huntsville AL hotel, since that situation I will not travel by plane while pregnant.

miracraig |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I work for an airline..and my doc says up until 36 weeks is fine as long as I am feeling ok!!!

Ashpilon |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

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. The location could also be important for your doctor to know.

TikiTaka |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I agree that you should consult with your doctor first in case you are considered high risk. Only your doctor can clear you for flight. I found out I was 5 weeks pregnant when my husband and I took a trip to Japan (we booked this trip 5 months in advance) and it was a 3 hour flight. Needless to say, I was worried sick, but only actually felt mild cramping, which went away and did not last the whole flight. I'm going on 9 weeks this week, still feel mild cramping, but pray our baby is healthy and strong. Consult with your doctor first to be safe :-). Good luck and God bless!

Mem670 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I have flown several times to caledonia, to my parents-in-law, when I was pregnant. But in the third trimester of pregnancy I didn't have the courage to fly. Just drink tons of water, and don't carry luggage that is too heavy for you.

lionking44 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I'm preparing myself for my next vacation. Everything is in order, shoes, food, clothes and money. All I hope is a good weather and my family to be Ok. We can not wait to do all kinds of London attractions. And personally I can't wait to see how it goes.

marta8080 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

It depends how healthy you are, if you don`t have any health problems and the doctor allowed you to travel you should not think twice about making an excursion, when I was pregnant I saw a big discount on http://www.flightsite.co.za/flights/airlines/kulula-airlines/ and decided to travel in South Africa. I did not have any complications and I felt great, unfortunately after the baby was born I could not go anywhere, I sat at home looking at the pictures and remembering what a great trip I had.

amyabel68 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

We want to fly to Hawaii because it's the greatest destinations. We are planing to visit it next summer and we are very excited. I am a huge water sports so this is the perfect place to practice them.

deanjohnson |

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Wgat if your having a c section a week before ur due ???

babikay0588 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

Dunno - has anyone got any thoughts?

sandishores |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I am preparing my self to next summer in Burma, Since it's a long flight From US to Burma I'm afraid it will be too hard for me

simonboyd45 |

Q&A: Safe to fly during pregnancy?

I flew from the US to London to Prague then home from Budapest to London to the US at 8.5-9.5 weeks pregnant. The flight home from London was over 9 hours. I have another international flight planned in January where I'll be 22-23 weeks, and another planned closer to 29-30 wks (domestic this time). So far, my doctor is ok with it. As long as you're not high risk, and your doc ok's it, go with it. My suggestions, particularly helpful for longer flights: I was pretty nauseated all the time we were in Europe (which included the flights) but managed not to get physically ill until we returned. This being said, here on some helpful tips: 1. ALWAYS have a bag of whatever snacks you can stomach in your purse/carry on that are accessible to you at your seat on the flight--this helps tremendously as the airline's snack schedule may not go in line with your hunger or nausea abatement schedule 2. Keep the biggest water bottle you can easily carry full and with you on the flight--I find myself constantly thirsty and it helps with nausea, particularly if it's seltzer water 3. Get up and walk on the flight--helpful for avoiding blood clots and helps you stretch out pain you may be having (at the very least, stand up and stretch at your seat) 4. Keep tylenol accessible to you on the flight in case you need it 4. This is a no brainer, but wear comfy clothes and shoes you can easily slip on/off that are still supportive (I wore leggings with a wide waistband, cozy socks, boots, a sweater, cardigan and big scarf in late fall--layers are great to help control temperature) Best of luck ladies--use your common sense, listen to your body, and don't be scared.

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