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    Question Flying during early pregnancy

    My partner and I have decided to start trying for a baby straight after our wedding in March.

    I have stopped taking the pill earlier than planned because of all the side effects, so it is possible that I may get pregnant before the wedding.

    For our honeymoon we need to fly on a light aircraft for 45mins each way.
    If I do become pregnant, I would be about 10 or 6 weeks along.

    Does anyone know if flying in a light aircraft would be likely to cause a miscarriage or other issues?

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    Thanks ladies.

    I had read that flying on regular pressurised planes is fine, but because light aircraft's are not pressurised there is less oxygen, so your body has to work harder and can cause problems.

    I am perfectly healthy, no health issues, smack in the middle for ideal bmi. So I should have a healthy low risk pregnancy (fingers crossed).

    But if there's the chance of complications because of the flight, then it would just mean we'd have to be extra careful not to get pregnant before the wedding/honeymoon.

    Though if I did, I suppose we could always postpone the honeymoon till the second trimester if my midwife recommends it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmmaHelen View Post
    Thanks ladies.

    I had read that flying on regular pressurised planes is fine, but because light aircraft's are not pressurised there is less oxygen, so your body has to work harder and can cause problems.

    I am perfectly healthy, no health issues, smack in the middle for ideal bmi. So I should have a healthy low risk pregnancy (fingers crossed).

    But if there's the chance of complications because of the flight, then it would just mean we'd have to be extra careful not to get pregnant before the wedding/honeymoon.

    Though if I did, I suppose we could always postpone the honeymoon till the second trimester if my midwife recommends it.
    The lack of pressurisation is a fair point but I think light aircraft don't reach the same altitudes so there wouldn't be too great of a decrease in oxygen?
    I think you'd be fine, especially so early on, but would always double check with a midwife or doctor.
    …Sounds like a pretty cool honeymoon too!

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    I've flown at 35wk on a small plane (12seater). I had no problems. Flying on a big aircraft was harder on me. My head felt like it was going to explode the whole time.

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    no issues whatsoever.

    it's closer to the birth that it could be a problem.

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    And even closer to the birth, these days the problem is more than flight companies don't want you potentially going into labour on a long flight - you can normally fly domestically on short flights until the very end (or near enough).

    And in very early preg, don't forget the placenta isn't even properly established and the baby is more just a group of dividing cells living off a yolk sac.

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    Thanks for all your help ladies.

    Just asked the airline that we'll be flying with, and they said that the aircraft's fly at 6000-8000ft depending on weather.

    So its under the 10 000ft that according to the info I had read, is the max safe limit.
    And large airplanes are apparently pressurised to around this altitude.

    So unless I have any complications before the flight, it should be all good


 

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