Post # 1
I know this is something that only I can really decide, but just wanted to get a few second opinions.
i planned a trip to LA next week to visit some of my best girlfriends and sister for our birthdays (they all happen to be the same week) before i got pregnant. i was super excited because we had plans to spend days dancing and picnicking and latte-sipping and just having a great time (we rarely get to see each other). But now i’m about 9 weeks and have been having pretty significant symptoms since week 4 – mainly extreme fatigue and morning sickness that comes and goes.
I know there’s no medical reason that is preventing me from flying, but i’m a pretty nervous/anxious flyer and the flight is 4-5 hours each way. On one hand I am DYING to hang out with them, and this is probably the last trip i’ll take before the baby comes. On the other hand, I fear that I’ll just be exhausted, nauseous and gross the entire time and come back feeling disappointed at how not fun i was and completely run down. Plus being stuck on a plane sick and nervous would be a nightmare.
Anyone have experience with traveling in the 1st trimester with symptoms? What would you do?
Post # 3
I think it just depends on how much you want to see them and how much you plan on doing while there. I got married and took a honeymoon at 10 weeks. The trip was exhausting getting there but we kept the trip low key and had a great time.
Also I fly for a living, so I’m used to flying and never had any nausea etc, but I had bad dizziness when I flew pregnant.
Post # 4
I was having a lot of nausea and vomiting in my first trimester and I was flying out of state to visit my mom. I ended up asking my OB for a prescription for zofran to help with the nausea while flying. It definitely made my trip a lot easier!
Post # 5
thanks for your advice everyone. wow, the votes are pretty unanimous that i should just go!
Post # 6
My attending on OB said this once when someone asked her and it kind of stuck with me: What it all comes down to is: would you really want to miscarry on a plane? Obviously that would be super rare, but still. That would be lame.
Post # 7
@socalmeli: oh wow…that’s pretty heavy. but on the other hand, i wouldn’t want to miscarry at work, on the train, in target…anywhere really! i guess i know what your OB means – you’re trapped on a plane and have no control whatsoever. but i’m probably more nervous about nausea and being a lame guest than anything else.
Post # 8
@harmonyeee: I say go for it! Hopefully your sister and girlfriends will understand and be willing to alter a couple plans if needed. Maybe a sleepover one night instead of a night on the town so you can be comfy on a couch eating ice cream instead of trying to pretend you feel fine in a restaurant 🙂
Also plans meals around your best time of day – or understand if you choose to skip out of an activity to rest.
Just cause you are flying out there doesn’t mean you have to overdo it and do EVERYTHING. Enjoy the things you can. Rest when you need to.
Definitely look into some nausea meds for the trip 🙂
Post # 9
I flew from LA to Europe on a 12 hour flight during the first tri, and then from LA to the east coast at 20 weeks. It was not so bad. Tell the ticketing agent that you are prego and get sick easily so they will put you in the front of the plane where there is more airflow. Pack snacks, and drink plenty of bottled water- not the airplane water which comes in a pitcher as it may have bacteria. I definitely regret not partying more before getting pregnant. Live it up, you can have decaf lattes with your friends, and go out to dinners, and out dancing. At 10 weeks, you are still small enough where it doesn’t seem cumbersome to move around. Just make sure to get plenty of rest, you don’t have to do every activity and you can turn in early.
Post # 10
Omigosh, sooooo do it! It sounds like it’ll be lots of fun and you’d be really bummed to miss it. It’s fine, as per my doctor and everything I’ve read, to fly at 10 weeks. Even if your symptoms are severe while you’re there, they’re usually fleeting (at least I hope) so you’ll still be able to participate in a good portion of the festivities. Your friends will want you there! And they’ll understand if you have to bow out of something if you’re too tired/sick. No worries, have fun 🙂
PS. I plan on going to San Fran soon so I’ve already given myself this talk 🙂
Post # 11
I had the worst morning sickness (like all day) and I traveled from the West Coast to Japan (10 hour flight) when I was 8 weeks pregnant and returned home at 10 weeks pregnant. My midwife just suggested that I get up and walk around and drink a lot of water. Of course, during that long and turbulent flight I got sick and threw up in the tiny bathroom a couple times. During the trip, I was exhausted, but I just made sure I took it easy.
So once you get to LA, just take it all in stride and when you’re tired, just excuse yourself from the group activities and rest up.
Next month we’ll be going to Mexico and I’ll be 25 weeks pregnant. My midwife said it was safe and have the same recommendations. I think flying is safe in the first two trimesters.
Have a good trip!
Post # 12
Definitely do it! I just came back from a long trip and found the distraction of good friends actually lessened some of the nausea…I think it’s like a mind over matter type thing in certain situations. That, and a good night’s sleep helped me a lot. Good luck and have fun!!
Post # 13
Do it! You’ll wish you had after the baby. 🙂