Post # 1
My husbands family will be taking a family vacation this summer to the Virgin Islands and i will be between 23 and 27 weeks along, depending on when they plan the trip. Thus far i have had no complications, but I am a little leary of being so far away from home and my OB (this is my first pregnancy). We will be sitting a lot and have at least 1 lay over, flying time somewhere around 6 to 8 hours. I plan to ask my OB her medical opinion on Monday at my next appointment.
So anyone have any advice or personal experience on flying while pregnant?
Post # 4
I know you have to get up and walk around to avoid blood clots in your legs. I flew at 12 weeks and had a lot of motion sickness but you should be a lot better off since you’ll be further along.
Post # 5
Sorry, I don’t have any advice because I’ve never been pregnant before. I am curious to see what you guys say. Whenever I do become pregnant in the next year or so (hopefully), I will have to fly back east to visit family and friends.
Post # 6
I asked my OB at a recent exam. I’m not pregnant yet, but the hubby and are TTC. So I asked a few questions about when I am pregnant. I travel for work and wondered how early I would have to tell my employer. However, no worries for me since the only time you shouldn’t fly is in your 3rd trimester. Obviously, I would be showing by then. So you’ll be right on the cusp of that.
Post # 7
You should be fine. My only suggestion would be to make sure you have a dr. note stating that you are allowed to fly. Many airlines (from my understanding) require a dr. not after 30 weeks (so depending on how much you’re showing etc. they may ask). I’m supposed to fly at 33 weeks and my dr. told me that if all keeps going as is, I should be fine. We’ll see what happens closer to the date though.
Post # 9
I’d think you should be fine as well. You might try compression socks to help with circulation during the flight. They sell them at most running/athletic stores, but they are the same as what you can buy in the pharmacy that are sold for older people. Also bring water and stay hydrated. I would look into travel insurance, in case you book and can’t go. Also, check with your medical insurance to see what is covered out of the country. You can get travelers insurance that covers medical expenses as well, so that could supplement what your reg. medical insurance might not cover.
Post # 10
You should be fine unless you develop any issues that would make you unable to travel. Between 23-27 weeks you shouldn’t be too uncomfortable or so big that you have difficulty getting around.
Post # 11
i just read that the FACOG recommendation is not to fly after 36 weeks. but you doc may have earlier restrictions like 30 or 32 weeks. apparently it begins gettings slighty more risky at 33 weeks and risk increases weekly.
like other said, you’re always supposed to get up and walk around at least hourly and drink a lot.
Post # 12
you should be fine, a doctor’s note sounds like a good idea just in case the airline gives you any trouble about flying. i went to the USVI with family a few years back and it is BEAUTIFUL! you’ll have a blast.
Post # 13
Hi! Sounds like a great vacation, we went down when I was about 17 weeks. I flew a lot in my pregnancy including one flight to korea in first trimester.
My OB recommended I wear compressions stockings (full stockings, not socks) to help avoid blood clots. Get up and move around every hour or two to keep the blood flowing. And if you have nausea problems, you can wear those wrist bands for sea sickness. The stockings are super annoying as they are tight – I always took them off as soon as we landed – but I wore them every time I flew.
Also, my OB recommended we figure out what the closest medical facility was that had a maternity ward just in case.
Personally I found air travel while pregnant uncomfortable, not because I was so big, but just generally less comfortable….so just know it might not be the most comfortable experience ever! HAve fun!
Post # 14
@Sunchick19: My main concern is similar to what you were saying, i am not worried that i will be uncomfortable becuase i wont be very big by then but that pregnancy just makes you feel different/less comfortable in general. Thanks for the Help!
Post # 15
@octobermom:totally! go for that exit row now – one thing I never realized was no more exit rows for us until the kids hit 16. yikes! being able to stretch your legs though is really nice on those long flights 🙂
Post # 16
You should be fine. We flew to Cancun (a layover in Houston) when I was 24 weeks pregnant and other than being a bit puffy from the flight, I was fine. Just drink a lot of water, walk the aisle and think about compression socks. Have a great babymoon.