I am faced with the decision of flying back to Aus in October (due mid December), or staying here in Europe to give birth.
I'd just like to know if any of you have had any experiences with flying pregnant. I don't want to put myself or bub at risk but the need to be at home amongst family and friends is overwhelming. I can't really fly home earlier than October because DH cannot get work back in Aus until January...
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24-04-2013 00:04 #1
Has anyone been on a long flight whilst pregnant?
24-04-2013 00:05 #2
It's approximately a 24-26 hour flight
24-04-2013 00:21 #3
The latest I've flown pregnant is 32 weeks and it was a 6 hour flight. That was fine. Could you break the trip up with a stop over for a day or 2?
Also think about that when you get to your destination (home) it will be worth it and you're not flying back.
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24-04-2013 05:48 #4
Most airlines will allow you to fly until 36 weeks with medical permission, and no complications BUT you won't get travel insurance after 28 weeks, so if anything happens in transit (especially considering the length of flight and possible lay over) you could be in a little bit of trouble financially.
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24-04-2013 06:13 #5
I was 6 months pregnant when I flew to and from Europe.
Coped fine with the flights.
I was retaining a bit if fluid anyway, which did get worse with flying. We were in transit for a couple if hours in Malaysia and I got a foot massage which saved me. My ankles were the smallest they had been for a few weeks.
When we flew over I must have not looked too pregnant. When we flew home I was asked to sign a waiver form by the airlines, on both legs.
24-04-2013 06:54 #6
I know Qantas (and probably other airlines) require a letter from your Dr after 28 weeks. After 36 weeks Qantas only allows you to fly on flights 4 hours or less, with a letter.
If you had asked this question a few weeks ago I would have said - sure it will be fine. But I am only 24 weeks and already have a medical certificate to say I am medically unfit to fly. you will be fine and won't have this issue.
24-04-2013 06:54 #7Member
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I flew to Japan and hong Kong when i was about around 30 weeks pregnant. I got a medical certificate from my midwife and didn't have any trouble. Yes its not very comfortable but the srewardesses were really helpful with trying to give us seats with extra leg room and filling up my water bottle for me several times each flight. I just made sure that I got up every hour or so for a little stretch and to go to the bathroom (this meant that I didn't really sleep though so it took me a couple of days to recover). Definitely doable!
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24-04-2013 07:29 #8
Flew to France at 24weeks and back at 28 weeks (about 25 hours of travel including stopovers, longest flight 10 hours) without any issues.
Drank lots of water, wore compression stockings and got up for a walk regularly.
I carried small so didn't look pregnant (doh no special treatment ) but I did have a note from my doctor ready.
In a healthy pregnancy flying shouldn't present any issues.
24-04-2013 08:08 #9
I flew to Thailand at 28 weeks & back at 30 weeks - substantially shorter flight though at 9h I think. I was absolutely fine, like pp's have said - lots of water, lots of walking & stretching. Couldn't sleep much but I get insomnia anyway so it wasn't a new thing for me.
24-04-2013 08:35 #10Senior Member
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Yes I did, when I was 28 weeks I think, it was 40 something hrs with connections (the longest trip of my life - it was awful!).
I had to get a doctors certificate to fly, and they made me show them at check in. There is a point where they say no flying - you might want to check it out, I think it was 32 weeks, or 36 weeks - I can't remember now - sorry.
I find flying really uncomfortable anyway, it wasn't great but I wanted to have the baby here at home.
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