I've flown and traveled with all of my pgs....I think the latest I've flown was with my 3rd, when I flew from DC to Denver at 37 weeks on the nose. All was fine.
I also plan to fly this time-- heading to Florida at 35 weeks and returning at 36 weeks. But I'm on the road for my job frequently, so I've already flown many many times this pg-- to Asia and back, Arizona, Seattle, etc.)
I've never had any trouble. Just make sure you hydrate and plan high protein snacks. Get up and move frequently to avoid blood clots. Don't count on anything on the flight being edible (it seems they always serve fish on the SE Asia flights...and the smell can be horrid IMO.)
The good news is that you are stopping at great airport hubs. Bangkok has a large selection of food and amenities-- as does Seoul. If you can take a good long walk at each of those stops, then I think you'll be okay. The haul from Seoul to Chicago will be long (I think it is 12 or 13 hours to San Fran, so you'll likely be in the air for 15 hours or so to get to Chicago.....)
My only advice is to pack good snacks and food and layer your clothing. And don't over pack with "stuff"-- your hands will be full enough, as is. You don't need 400 toys for DD or 32 books to read. Go lightly.
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12
Something that I always forget to do, but think is such a good idea When traveling with your little one find a pair of headphones that will fit on her ears nicely, BEFORE you go, and take them with you. I find the airline ones are really flimsy and constantly fall off my kids as they dont go down small enough.
I know not everyone lets there child watch TV, especially at that age, but during such a long flight, it is nice to have the option, even if it is just a 20 minute distraction every once in awhile to give you a break from being the constant entertainment.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
Audra, I'm a veggie, and always request appropriate meals, and I have to say, I don't think I've ever had a fully inedible one. Also, off all the stops, I think Bangkok is the one where I might even have to request help to make my connection on time.... but, I will pack some good snacks to take along! And yes, you're right- that Seoul - Chicago leg is about 15 hours I think. Not the longest flight I've done, but, the longest I've done this pregnant!
Kyla, I'm torn on the TV thing for DD... she used to watch TV, and then we decided to stop that. Also, the long section of this flight should be mostly during her sleeping hours... but what are the chances she'll actually sleep? Not sure...
Mara & Joel, 2009
My personal take on screen time on long flights is it won't hurt them that once, and can really be a lifesaver with a wiggly toddler. We used to fly across the country a lot when we lived in CA. We would usually bring some kid DVDs for the laptop, and only get them out if he started to lose it or just got too rowdy, but at least having the option is a good idea, especially if you will be flying by yourself. You don't have to get them out if she's fine without it, but having to entertain a small child in 4 feet of space for that long can get to be challenging. Also, we don't limit snacks on the plane like we might normally. He can eat as many cinnamon graham crackers as his little heart desires. We try to kill time with snacking, lol. Basically, none of our usual rules apply on the plane!
Agreed-- none of our usual rules apply when traveling. We also offer unlimited tv and snacks when on airplanes--lol. Good luck!
Last time we flew (when DD was 11 months) I went to Target and bought a bunch of flashy, noisy toys of the type I normally avoid. Having several little new fun things to pull out one at a time whenever she started to get squirmy worked REALLY well...between that and napping, we made it across the country and back with almost zero drama. Now I'm going to be taking a solo flight to Central America with an almost-2, though, so I'm thinking the laptop is almost certainly going to be introduced.
I flew from NY to Israel (12 hours) with a 2 yr old at 32 weeks (pg #2) about 5 years ago. I was more worried about giving birth when we hiked Ein Gedi than with the flight! Funny story: When we asked the park ranger if he thought the trail would be ok for me he answered, (in classis Israeli fashion) "yes, of course! And if not, so? Isn't this a beautiful place to have a baby?" Sooo classic!
As far as keeping busy on the plane, ita w/ Audra, et al, about "plane rules" screen time and snacks can be a welcome distraction in-flight. another awesome and cheap option is scotch tape! A friend suggested it to me and it was awesome! give the kid a roll of scotch tape and let her go wild - sticking it, crinkling it, making little figures, etc... it's fun, sensory, and doesn't leave a mark!
And for you, keep hydrated, move around, keep a towel with you in case you get nauseous and the "fasten seatbelts" light is lit... but you know that stuff! GL!
~Ayelet & Yoram
NJ, USA to Israel 12/29/08
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