Is it safe to travel, especially long flights, while pregnant? Are there any times it's safer than others?
My DH and I have been trying for our first baby for five months. Looks like we might be in for the long haul. We've always enjoyed travel and we hadn't booked any trips for this year, thinking I'd be pregnant by now. But now we've started thinking about taking one more trip while we still can :-), to somewhere exotic that wouldn't be a good place to take kids. We are in NZ, so it's a long flight to everywhere.
So - are there any guidelines on air travel? The airlines only have limits in how far along you can be, but I'm thinking about how fragile a pregnancy can be early on and don't want to take too many risks.
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07-02-2012 15:17 #1Senior Member
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Travel while TTC or UTD?
07-02-2012 15:53 #2
I dnt c y not. I went to Bali at 18w preg and we travelled to other places 6 hrs sitting in a car whilst we were TTC. The only issue I found with air travel was that after a certain week gestation u can't get travel insurance etc
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07-02-2012 15:56 #3
Early on you should be fine - its just that if you're dealing with morning sickness it can be a lot of fun (not)
I flew to & from London in the first trimester when I was pregnant with ds. It. Was. Horrible. But I had terrible all day morning sickness. The flight was full so I had nowhere to lie down, but on the way home I mentioned it to the staff and they let me in their seats to lie down - so I slept most of the way
The other thing is wear compression stockings & make sure you walk around a lot & also drink lots of water. Also be wary of the food depending on who you fly with
I don't make it sound like a good experience (it wasn't) but it is definitely doable...
Good luck!! And I hope you get a bfp soon
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07-02-2012 15:59 #4
They say you shouldn't fly during the first tri and at the end of your last tri, BUT how many flight attendants do you think flew through their whole pregnancy and still have healthy babies.
I'd still enjoy your trip
07-02-2012 16:04 #5
We went on our honey moon when I was only six weeks to Fiji, so four and a half hours flying.
Gp and ob said it is fine unless you have pre-diagnosed blood pressure issues
07-02-2012 16:04 #6
Its definetly do-able, but like Spideys Mums said it will depend on how you are feeling if you are UTD.
I relocated from Darwin to Sydney at 10 weeks, and we drove! 3 x 12-14hour days in the car. I was fine though, I didnt suffer much (or any) morning sickness so I got thru it as if it was any other drive.
I also flew all threw my pregnancy til 35 weeks (4 up to 6 hour flights) and didnt experience anything horrendous, the getting up to pee a lot might annoy other travellers so I tried to get the aisle seat but then as bump gets bigger it was just another obstacle for the person beside me to tackle!
Unless you have other medical conditions that might be worse by flying, and threaten any pregnancy, you should be ok. Maybe check with your GP prior to flying (espeically if going anywhere that recommend immunisations before travelling).
07-02-2012 16:59 #7
I flew to and back from the UK at 12 and 14 weeks with no issues.
07-02-2012 17:04 #8
I flew from UK to NZ and back when I was 9 and 12 weeks pregnant and had less morning sickness on the flight than on the ground! Apart from not being able to drink alcohol to calm my nerves as I don't fly well I had no problems and my GP was happy for me to go.
I also went on an internal flight for work at 30 weeks (just a 1 hour flight from Manchester to London Heathrow).
07-02-2012 23:08 #9Member
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I went to the Galapagos Islands (currently living in Chile, so only about a 6 hour flight) when I was 7 or 8 weeks pregnant in December last year. Spent a week on a boat touring around the islands. I had horrible nausea and vomiting the whole week but survived (combination of morning sickness and sea sickness, and was unable to take anything for sea sickness!!). We didn't know that I would be pregnant when we booked the holiday, but we were trying to conceive already. Although it was difficult, I am still so glad that we went!
I am now 16 weeks pregnant and will be flying back to Perth, Australia at the end of the week - my OB here said flying is fine, just to wear knee high compression stockings, and walk around as much as possible whenever I'm not sleeping on the flight.
08-02-2012 06:56 #10
I think it is fine. I travelled at 11-12 weeks pregnant and my biggest concern at that stage was the nausea and morning sickness! My acupuncturist gave me som stuff and I was fine
One thing I have learnt is that you can still plan stuff, even with the what if? There are so many times I did the "I can't plan this in case I am pregnant" thing. There are ways around it
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