Thought I would post this here, instead of elsewhere for a broader wealth of experience...
So I've flown when pregnant before... in my first pregnancy, I came home from Angola (Africa)- a 16 hour leg the longest part of the trip) at about 21 weeks. This pregnancy, over the holidays I did 7 flights over 3 weeks, some as short as 15 minutes, and some as long as 4 hours.
But, in five weeks, I'm flying home- from Laos to the US (Vientiane, Laos -> Bangkok, Thailand -> Seoul, Korea -> Chicago, IL, USA) all in one fell swoop. I'll be traveling with my nearly 2 year old daughter (who THANK GOD will have her own seat for the first time ever!). I'll be 29.5 weeks pregnant.
I already have some compression socks, which I certainly plan to wear. I know enough to get up frequently to keep blood flowing and to drink plenty of water.
Anyone else have any other good advice- either on dealing with that very long trip (we'll be traveling for over 24 hours) or for dealing with the flying while that pregnant part?? I don't know many people who have flown when that pregnant.... and one lady I know who did it sort of 35 years ago, flew at 32 weeks, and it was only a trip cross-Canada (like Vancouver to Ottawa) and she ended up having the baby the next day! Needless to say, That freaks me out!
So I'd love to hear your "I did it and didn't end up with a preemie" stories...or just advice on how you got through it!
Last edited by Marite13; 02-18-2012 at 09:31 AM.
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I flew 2.5 hours from Dallas to Vegas when I was 26 weeks with my DD. I know that's really nothing, and everything was fine. My sister flew from Seattle to Austin and then rode in a car another 4 hours carrying around a 14 months old while she was 38 weeks pregnant. She did that to attend my wedding in 2007. She then flew back a few days later with just her and her belly and her 14 month old lap child. The actual flight was a nightmare for her with her monkey and being that pregnant, but everything turned out fine. She was induced 3 weeks later. So the flight did not cause her to go into labor and she had no issues or complications as a result of the flight at 38 weeks.
My SIL flew from Connecticut to New Orleans to be a bridesmaid in our wedding at 36 weeks pg! (She and DH are REALLY close ) Her ankles swelled up pretty badly and she spent most of the weekend sitting down, but she said the second she got home her ankles returned to normal and she had no further effects. Baby came right around his due date. That's of course not as long as you'll be flying, but it's no puddle jump either, and MUCH later in pregnancy.
With compression socks, hydration, and walking around, you should be totally fine!
I flew from Stuttgart Germany to Dublin Ireland when I was about 34 weeks preg. I didn't have any problems and DD came 40 +9. The only other advice I have is to not be afraid to ask for help. Ask to use the business class security lines, at customs ask to move up and ask if there is anyway to be upgraded on flights (pre-check in helps with this). People are usually very willing to help, especially since you have a LO and preg. Good luck.
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I flew when I was 36 weeks with Tiven and had no problems other than feeling dehydrated (I wasn't) even though I was drinking plenty of water. Now the ferry boat out to Catalina Island, that was its own problem! I had to fly a couple of times while pregnant with Weston, and my midwife advised using "EarPlanes" because the normal membrane swelling & fluid retention in pregnancy can make it more likely to have ear pressure problems while flying. They are available in drugstores in many parts of the world, but Laos isn't on the list. They come in a child's size, too, which I've never tried since I haven't flown with my kids yet, but I will use them when we fly over Spring Break. I'd be happy to mail some to you if they'd get there in time. PM me if you're interested.
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Wow, that will be a long flight for the both of you. I'm sure it will go great.
I flew at about 35 weeks with DS1 but it was only across CA so a short little 1.5 hour flight. With Southwest I could pick my seat and I just made sure to sit close to the restroom so that I could use it as needed. Maybe see if you can bring on some extra snacks with you as well so that you can eat between food service if needed. Also might help in case you feel nauseous during the flight.
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I flew and did well at 24 weeks. I did get to know the restroom a few times, but the movement helped a lot. I did a cross country drive (3 days of full driving) at 28 weeks. That was much rougher because I couldn't stop much since there was literally no where to stop many times (I was driving my car, DH was driving his). Back killed me. Legs had issues. Headaches. It was awful. I'd take a full day of flying over 3 days of driving any day. But I had no issues with BH that I wouldn't have had any other day, etc.
I flew at 30 weeks and had no issues and didn't do anything special. Actually, I did have one issue. We had pointedly booked an exit row seat for the extra room as it was a 5 hour flight, and the flight attendant would not let me sit there because I was pregnant (and huge by 30 weeks in my 3rd pregnancy) and in the event of an emergency she worried about my ability to open the door. This was total lunacy as I had just been GOLFING AND HIKING for 5 days with my husband. I threw a fit, but legally I had no recourse.
I flew from Las Vegas to Nashville in the last trimester of my second pregnancy and I had no problems. My only advice is to make sure you drink TONS of water and try to get up and walk around as much as you can. Try to rest if possible as well.
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I've been wondering about this too. A very good friend's wedding is in early June and I REALLY want to go, but I'm worried about flying so late in my pregnancy. It would be a short flight, just a few hours from VT to MI, but still, I'd be around 36 weeks and my OB says not to fly after 36 weeks. So I dunno. It's tough too, because I want to buy tickets, but what if things are not going according to plan and I can't go for whatever reason? I guess I'll just decide when it gets closer and I may just end up buying my tickets at the last minute.