Flying Anxiety and Pregnancy

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@atlbride2013:  talk to your doctor… they may even tell you that taking a xanax, etc is fine. It is better not to stress your body then it is to not take the medication. My friend was told she could take a xanax each way to help with her flight anxiety and she was about 28 weeks when she took her trip.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I believe that xanax is actually  safe during PG at least once here or there.  Just call your Dr’s office though and ask them if you aren’t sure. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think you should call your Dr. to ask.  From what I briefly googled, it looks like Xanax is okay to take.  I think I would prefer to take a couple Xanax once or twice in my pregnancy over spending 8-12 hours in state of extreme anxiety and stress.  I think that level of stress would be worse for the baby than a couple of Xanax’s.

I’m pregnant but I won’t be making any long trips, but I do have stress and anxiety while flying if there is a lot of turblulence.  I normally just drink a few glasses of wine to relax.  If I was flying, I would opt for a glass of wine (over a few hours probably) as I think that would be better than spending those hours extremely stressed out and anxious.  For me, I do better with longer, international flights as they don’t seem to have as much turbulence compared to smaller planes.  I used to fly on a lot of small planes and I think that is where my anxiety developed!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@atlbride2013:  Sorry you get anxiety when flying… not sure what you can do about meds other than talk to your doctor… it is perfectly safe for you to fly… I have flown 4 times since finding out and we’re 17wks now… My dad was a pilot growing up so we were well educated that flying was actually safer than driving in a car… and through years and years of flying my dad said that he has only been scared in a plane maybe a dozen times… less than once a year! So even when you think that turbulence is rough its really not that bad… and all the noises the plane makes are normal!

Good luck hun!

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MySunshine:  Yep, I’m also aware that turbulence is pretty normal and not usually severe…and if it is they go around it.  I even dated a pilot who talked to me about all things related to it.  It’s just a big control issue for me.  I have the same issue (anxiety) if someone is driving my car (so I’m the passenger) in mountain passes, storms, or snow.  Drives DH crazy.  But when I am the driver, I am almost perfectly fine.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@atlbride2013:  I fly often for work and have been taking Xanax to fly for 10+ years. When I got my BFP, I still had 8 work trips planned between 4 and 18 weeks. My Dr told me that Xanax was an “absolute NO!” so quit my xanax cold turkey. I still had lots of flying anxiety, but I managed it with breathing techniques, relaxing music, and meditation. If it got really bad (turbulence…etc), I would just keep repeating to myself “you’re going to be somebody’s mother, get your shit together”, and it always passed. I’m still terrified of flying, but the thought of becoming a mother made me feel like I had to become more rational about a lot of things that I had previously just chalked up to control and anxiety issues. I’m even a better back seat driver 🙂

Here’s a link to my thread about what I went through. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/thank-you-for-your-unsolicited-advice#axzz2pGa2kJ00

 

 

 

Post # 11
cherrypieBee
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

The studies on Xanax in first tri are kind of iffy, if I recall correctly. Like, there was a proven contraindication but on further research, maybe not at all. So I’d do some reading and talk to your doc. If you’ve used benzos before and are taking low doses (5mg, not enough to tranquilize yourself), you may get a green light.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@atlbride2013:  I have (had?) a severe fear of flying as well, but for some reason since I’ve been pregnant I have been totally OK flying without taking my normal xanax.  I used to require at least a xanax and a couple of bloody marys before getting on a plane, and for long flights I would take more while on the plane, but I haven’t had anything since being pregnant. 

Xanax is a drug category D, which indicates it is NOT safe during pregnancy. 

I think that telling myself that I need to stay calm for my baby really helped me with all of my fears.  Don’t get me wrong, flying is still not something I love to do, but I have flown 6 or 7 different times since being pregnant, and haven’t had an issue on any flight.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@atlbride2013:  Delta doesnt make you turn off your electronics at all anymore… you might have to tough it out with some relaxing music? Sorry I cant be more helpful… Everyone agrees that it is an irrational fear… but its a fear none the less.

Good luck hun!

Post # 14
cherrypieBee
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Husband (a nurse practitioner) says early studies of Xanax prenatal use showed some risk for cleft lip and midline malformation with first tri use. Later studies did not repeat the finding. Late 3rd tri use is linked to “floppy baby syndrome” (haha). No risk studied or indicated for second tri use. Source: Medline. Tl;dr: talk to your doctor.

 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You are so me!!!! I have the worst fear of flying, i have a thread about it here:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-very-irrational-fear-of-flyingstep-by-step-must-read-help

honestly it’s terrible, I don’t take medicine. and the flight home from Florida in October was horrible because they wouldnt let me use my music on takeoff (jet blue) but I’ve done it before. I had it on airplane mode and he said it didn’t matter.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Im not fond of fying so I hear you on the anxiety. We aren’t even starting to TTC  for another 2 months but bc I’m off bcp and only using the withdrawal method my gp wouldn’t even prescribe me Xanax when I asked ( for recent panic attacks) she said absolutely not for pregnant women.  Maybe try meditation or something??

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