Post # 1
Tomorrow I fly across the planet from chile to australua and my OB recOmmended I take baby aspirin given the trip is so long- first flight 14 hours then 5 hours the next. But I’m super nervous about taking it as I’ve heard so many times that pregnant ladies cannot take aspirin at all. Has anyone else received this advice and did it? I’d prefer to just walk regularly and use the compression socks. Ladies, need some feedback! Thanks!
And I’m 26 w.
Post # 3
@cjfs: Baby aspirin is not likely to do you any harm and will increase your protection from developing a deep vein thrombosis (blood clot) in your leg. If you really aren’t comfortable with it, I would suggest walking every half an hour and making sure to move your legs while sitting. Long haul flights like that are a little more risky, especially since at 26 weeks you are already putting more pressure on the blood return in your legs because of the weight of the baby. I haven’t had to fly while pregnant however, so I’ve never had to ask my OB’s opinion about something like this.
Post # 4
Current guidelines for DVT prophylaxis actually do not recommend that any travelers take aspirin for that purpose. See here:
I wouldn’t take the unnecessary risk, especially if you are in the third trimester.
Post # 5
I don’t know what makes baby aspirin different from regular, but I’ve always been told to take Tylenol and NOT Aspirin during my pregnancy – that would make me really nervous too! I agree with your instinct to wear compression socks and walk regularly (make sure you drink plenty of water too!)
Post # 6
Thx ladies! Well I’ve arrived safe and sound at my destination with 41 hours of travel which included one long stopover at airport hotel. In the end did take the baby aspirin. I read up before and trusted my doctors advice. I also drank loads of water, walked, exercised and had the compression socks. All in all I wouldn’t readily recommend travelling a trip this lOng a this way ahead in your pregnancy as it does get quite umcomfortable and I was never completely relaxed , but it can be done if your OB aproves it.
Post # 7
@cjfs: Phew 41 hours! Glad everything worked out alright