Thoughts: Flying in early pregnancy after recurrent miscarriage

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Would you fly?
    Yes! : (30 votes)
    53 %
    No! : (27 votes)
    47 %
  • Post # 2
    3331 posts
    Sugar bee

    Isn’t the only reason you aren’t supposed to fly late in your pregnancy because you may go into labour on the plane? I don’t think there is anything about flying itself that would cause problems…just the risk that something could happen while you’re in the air.

    Post # 3
    5773 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’d ask my doctor.

    Post # 4
    42117 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    phoebephoebo:  I too suggest you consult your physician.

    Post # 6
    204 posts
    Helper bee

    phoebephoebo:  I want to clarify that I only voted “no” because it sounds like you will be worried if you do fly, and it’s likely to ruin your vacation. So, no. of course, you should ask your doctors office. 

    Post # 7
    483 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    are there risks of flying in early pregnancy?

    PS congratulations on your news! I’m very pleased for you!!

    Post # 8
    62 posts
    Worker bee

    First: congratulations on your bfp! It’s a tough question… I don’t have any medical expertise, and as far as I understand there are no indications that flying in early pregnancy is risky. I did (didn’t know I was pregnant yet, but suspected), but (for what that’s worth) I don’t have your medical history. Since it seems that you won’t be able to talk to your doctor, I’d base my decision on how I’d feel if anything did go wrong (God forbid): would you feel nagging doubts that maybe had you not traveled it wouldn’t have happened? 

    This is just an elaborate way of saying go with your gut. If you feel that flying puts your pregnancy at risk, don’t. All the best to you!

    Post # 9
    42117 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999


    phoebephoebo:  Phone and talk with the nurses on the national nurse line. (I think you have one). They have the expertise to answer this question rather than looking for direction from non- medical strangers on the internet.

    Post # 10
    360 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    First off, congratulations and my fingers crossed for you!

    They don’t schedule phone consults within a week? That’s unfortunate. Are you able to talk to anyone in the office this week?

    I flew shortly after finding out I was pregnant in each of my three pregnancies. The first two ended in miscarriage but so far, my third is going great. Much like you, I got pregnant the cycle after my miscarriage. Also a shock for us bc the prior time had been over a year between pregnancies.  I know how hard it can be to move forward with the “normal” when you’re in this situation, and really, you have to do whatever you feel comfortable with. When I was going through it, I wondered if I did something wrong by flying. In retrospect, though, I really believe it was coincidental. Good luck to you!

    Post # 11
    223 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Congratulations!! Best of luck! I’m not pregnant, but voted “no” because I know if it were me and God forbid something happened this time around, I would always wonder if it was the flying that caused it (even though it most likely WOULDN’T be the cause). Just ask those nurses, talk to your DH, and make the decision together. Either way, have fun and best of luck these next 9 months!

    Post # 12
    6678 posts
    Bee Keeper

    What if you had a miscarriage far from home and your own doctors? Personally, with a history like yours I would not fly so early in the first trimester, when losing the pregnancy is a real risk, for something as unimportant as a football game.  

    Post # 13
    1050 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I’d definitely phone the nurses at your clinic and ask what they advise, but until then I’m not sure what I’d do in your shoes. You’re already doing everything humanly possible to help this little bean stick – you’re taking meds, doing your injections, and from what I’ve understood, bed rest or taking it super easy won’t have any impact on helping this little guy out. The only thing you can do is hope your meds do their job and that this little guy is chromosomally normal.

    How long would you be gone? Would you miss any appointments? Are you comfortable taking your meds in a hotel and carting your injection supplies along with you? If the worst were to happen, it’s my understanding that nothing could be done at home or on holiday, since you’ve been through it before do you think you’d be able to handle it in a hotel? It’s not a pleasant thought, but could you/would you want to save POC to test for chromosomal abnormalities if you miscarried naturally?

    If the doctor/nurse says you’re clear to travel without risk and you feel up to it and want to go, I think I’d say go for it. You’ve already been through so much and if you can do your best on holiday as well as you can do it at home, I wouldn’t let it spoil your plans. Who knows, maybe little bean in there will be a football fan too and decide to hang around so he can get the chance to watch the game from the outside 🙂

    Post # 14
    613 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    phoebephoebo:  Congratulations! I’m so happy for you, and will pray this is your sticky baby!  Personally, I would fly, but I haven’t had any miscarriages, so if it is too stressful to you, then maybe you shouldn’t.  I did have a two week trip from Texas to Greece that I took when I was 5 weeks and 7 weeks on the return, flights were 24 and 30ish hours (some layover time in there obviuosly), and my doctor wasn’t worried about it at all.  I know our situations are different, but just thought I’d throw that out there.

    Post # 15
    3756 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Well first of all…. YEAAHHHHHHHH!!!! Congratulations!!! I hope this pregnancy sticks and goes smoothly for you! 

    As far as travel, I know part of me would be thinking that early pregnancy flying is not a problem in general, but if something happened after flying I know I’d blame myself and think that’s what caused it. It’s a tough call for sure. I think if you do go, frequent walks/stretching, keeping hydrated and well fed will be your best bet. I’m leaning more towards it’s unlikely to be a problem.

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