(Closed) Flying at 28 weeks?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I flew back home from St. Louis to London at 28 weeks at the beginning on January. (2 hour flight to Philadelphia, 4 hour layover and then a 6 hour flight to Heathrow… followed by a 2 1/2 hour wait in the airport and a 2 hour drive home. Ick) Anyway, it was fine. I made sure to get a pair of compression stockings (to help prevent deep vein thrombosis, a big risk in pregnancy) and a flight letter from my doctor in case I got hassled by the airport staff.

Was is comfortable? Nope. Was it bearable? Yep. As for recommendations, wear comfy, stretchy pants (I flew in baggy sweats), shoes you can take off and be prepared to be swollen. The flight and the change in air pressure will make you swell up, but it’ll go away for the most part after a few days back home.

Post # 4
988 posts
Busy bee

No experience with this, but we just booked a babymoon in Portugal for when I’ll be 28 weeks. Thanks Zippylef for the advice!

Post # 5
1550 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t think three hours is too long at all. Your feet might swell up a bit, but I bet that’s it.

My doctor told me she didn’t recommend flying at 32 weeks or later… so you should be totally fine at 28 weeks.

What sort of complications are you having?

Post # 6
1263 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m flying at 28 weeks, too – just a four day weekend out west with my husband.  My doctor cleared it so I plan on going.  I just plan to wear comfy clothes, bring a letter from my doc, my medical record, and bring a pillow for my neck and maybe a bed pillow.

Post # 7
1189 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

My hubby and I didn’t fly, but we did drive a couple weeks ago, when I was at 28 weeks, from Seattle to Portland, which is a 3 hour drive. It wasn’t my most favorite thing to do since we had to make a lot of bathroom stops, but it wasn’t unbearable. 3 hours on a plane with a bathroom should be just fine ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I just want to say I’m SO jealous of you girls who are going somewhere.

I so desperately want to go somewhere even for a weekend getaway with my husband before baby. ๐Ÿ™ Unfortunately no time nor money.

Post # 9
18 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

OMG GO!!! Seriously Go! If I can give you words of wisdom it would be to appreciate what a vacation is really like with just the two of you.  Read a magazine on a plane peacfully, take in a movie…not feeding a baby, entertaining the baby, changing the baby lol   Seriously if I could tell my old self to have gone as many trops as possible before having kids and really SAVOUR it, I would have ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Post # 10
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I flew most recently at 27 weeks (longest flight on that trip was 4 hours), and I have one more big trip planned for this weekend at 30.5 weeks.  This weekend entails a cross country flight, eek!  At this point I am NOT comfortable on airplanes, but then again I’m not sure I ever was.  I just make sure to get an aisle seat, walk around a lot, and try to put my feet up.  At the very least I prop my feet up on top of my carry-on under the seat.  I would absolutely take the trip.  Enjoy your last airplane flights without a baby in tow…  I can’t even imagine how stressful that is going to be. 

Post # 11
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would definitely book that trip – who knows when you’ll be able to travel again just the two of you!  

Darling Husband and I are planning a trip to NZ at 29 – 30 weeks, so about a 4.5 hour flight for us.  I’m not anticipating any issues and don’t think it will be terribly different than flying at any other time.  I’ve gone a couple of big flights already this pregnancy, including a 29 hr journey between Australia and the US at 10 weeks and 12 weeks, which was no big deal.  I didn’t bother with compression socks but did make sure to up my water intake – resulting in no bloating/dehydration and kept me moving as I constantly needed to use the loo!  I’ve also done a number of 4 – 5 hour flights since then and there haven’t been any issues.   

I second the advice though on getting a letter from your doctor just to confirm how far along you are as airlines all have their restrictions on how far you can fly at certain weeks!

Post # 12
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’m flying home today for my baby shower and I’m 30 weeks. I fly all the time for work and it’s really not a big deal. The only issue is that it’s quite uncomfortable, but I bring plenty of things to help keep me distracted. There’s no real restrictions unless you’re high risk, so just enjoy yourselves! 

Post # 13
6350 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

Some airlines may require a letter from your doctor, so check that before you fly, and also obv make sure your insurance covers you.

Otherwise, just make sure you move about at frequent intervals (as pregnant women are at an increased risk of DVT), and maybe invest in some flight socks.

But yeah, definitely go ๐Ÿ™‚

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