Post # 1
So I just found out I’m pregnant – it is really, really earlier, Like maybe 2 or 3 weeks in. I live abroad and was planning on flying home for about a month, but I’m so terrified that something will go wrong. It is a 12 hour flight, and I was planning on going without my husband (we just took off two weeks for Christmas so he can’t join me really) and not having him around for such a significant process really freaks me out. I was going to go home to help out my parents as my dad’s health is failing and they are in the middle of getting a divorce. I want to be there for them, but I’m scared of subjecting myself to the stress and really, really want to protect my body during this time.
I told my mom, and she said I should come back during my 2nd trimester. My doctor said it was ok to travel and gave the green light. My husband says I should go this time, because we’ll need to move out of our shoebox apartment and make a lot of changes in the upcoming months – on top of the fact I probably won’t be able to go back for about two years after this point to see friends and family. I’m not sure what I should do, I am supposed to leave in about a week….
Post # 3
I vote to absolutely go!
There is no proven increase of any sort of risk to fly during first trimester of pregnancy, it’s all about your own comfort. But what I would recommend is finding a good doctor near where your parents live and give them a call, or better, have your current local doctor give them a call or fax them your records to let them know of anything particular about your health or pregnancy. You’ll want someone nearby in case anything happens that does make you nervous (such as bleeding or cramping or weird symptoms that you want someone to check on).
I know everything is new and scary with an early first-time pregnancy, but go and don’t worry about it! It will kind of suck not to have your husband there so you can whine about being tired, and sore, and if you get nauseous (I’m 7 weeks now and whine about that stuff to him all the time, but I guess you can do it via phone or skype). But like you said, you may not be able to get back for a couple more years, and there’s really no reason not to go this time.
If nausea hits before you start traveling, then chat about strategies to manage it with your doctor before you go, and bring small snacks and comfortable pillows to get you through the flight.
I travel a lot for work and don’t plan on stopping until recommended by my doctor, and would definitely take a trip home to see my family if I was in your circumstances.
Post # 4
I think you should go. I just found out I am pregnant as well, and I am flying in 2 weeks to go on vacation (~4.5 hour flights) and then in March I am moving – I live abroad as well and am moving back to the US. That will be early in my 2nd trimester. I did think about canceling my vacation, but realized that I can’t let fear control my life and this is one of the last chances I’ll have to go on a trip without my husband or future baby.
Post # 5
@FruitBasket: Depending on how you’re feeling you may want to wait until second trimester. I couldn’t imagine a 12 hour trip while feeling like death. I did a few one-hour flights in the first trimester and it wasn’t fun since I felt so crappy. Second trimester I felt great and flew quite a bit without any issues.
Post # 6
I would definitely go! We travel a fair amount- I’ve done so from beginning of pregnancy through to about 32 weeks and haven’t had any problems or regrets!
Post # 7
I just spoke to a nurse about this yesterday. I’m just about 4 weeks tomorrow and traveling to Bora Bora from Atlanta on the 12th for my honeymoon. It is going to altogether be around a 14 hour journey on various airplanes/boats. Nurse said it was absolutely fine, to drink lots of water and if you’re not sleeping, get up and walk around every hour. Also said that if you’re feeling sick, eat ginger chews and drink ginger ale and snack on saltines all the time to keep your blood sugar up. She seemed so unworried about it, I had to convince them to schedule my first appointment right after we get back on 1/27, she wanted me to schedule for february! lol.
Post # 8
@FruitBasket: If you are sick ith morning sickness, then I wouldn’t go due to the fact that flying when you’re nauseous and puking would be horrific. However, if you feel fine then I would definitely go. You are fine to travel during the 1st trimester (and actually well into the 3rd I understand). I flew less than 12 weeks into my pregnancy, and everything was ok.