(Closed) Aussie Bees, & flying while pregnant

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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8360 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I am not sure who you are flying with but this is from the Jetstar website. i would say most airlines would be similar but you would need to check the airlines website.

c) Pregnancy:

If you are pregnant and your travel is less than 4 hours duration:

For travel after the first 28 weeks of your pregnancy: you need to carry a certificate or letter from a registered medical practitioner or registered midwife confirming:

  • the estimated date of delivery
  • whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy; and
  • that there are no complications with your pregnancy

For flights of four hours or more:

  • if you are having no complications with your pregnancy you can travel up to the end of the 36th week of your pregnancy for single pregnancies or up to the end of the 32nd week for multiple pregnancies (for example, twins)
  • medical clearance is required if you are having complications with your pregnancy

For flights of less than four hours:

  • if you are having no complications with your pregnancy you can travel up to the end of the 40th week of your pregnancy for single pregnancies and up to the end of the 36th week for multiple pregnancies (for example, twins)
  • Medical clearance is required if you are having complications with your pregnancy

If you wish to travel within seven days after delivery, medical clearance is required. Infants cannot travel for 48 hours after delivery and need medical clearance to travel between three and seven days after delivery.

Post # 4
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533 posts
Busy bee

You will find it hard to fly at 36wks. They require a doctors note after 20wks and most wont let you fly at 36. 

Go read the airlines info. 

Post # 5
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533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Yea I also think you may have issues yourself with being comfortable in the flight with a big bump. But it depends on how long your flight is and if you can fly business it’s be great!!

I flew with qantas from Perth WA to Santiago chile three weeks ago at 16w and it was awful. It was super crowded. Flight delays everywhere and a smoker stinking badly sitting beside me for 14 hours. Even theN My bump felt huge as those economy seats are so tight! 

In any case what my midwife and OB recommended:

– use compression socks, called jobst. Have to get them fitted at a pharmacy. 

– don’t sit for long. Walk around the airplane. Move ankles and other DVT preventing exercise. 

– lotsa water drinking!

– avoid walking thru X-ray machines at baggage check points ( I showed the officers my pg letter and asked for a pat down check instead, of course they say X-rays are safe but I insisted. ). For pat down checks you have to take off your shoes. 

– avoid getting too tired, that is walk slowly at the airport, take breaks, ask others to help carry heavy suitcases. 

Another friend who I know travelled late in her pregnancy said that she tried to keep her belly in and cover it cos you do get harassed for travelling so late in your pregnancy. 

Good luck! 

Post # 6
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4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Check with your airline and your doctor. I was cleared to fly through 35 weeks, but every doctor and every pregnancy is different.

Post # 7
Bee
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

Hrmmmmm – you’d need doctor sign off for the company, and maybe for travel insurance too, if you’re going down that route.

Where abouts are you flying to/from? I think I missed it in the post!

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