(Closed) Flying at the end of the first trimester…advice please!

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
47252 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I work at a Nurseline. The information we give out is that travel is usually safe anytime during pregnancy except for the last weeks of the third trimester, and that’s only because of the risk of prem labor happening away from home.

Post # 4
3110 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I had a boss who flew from the beginning all the way up to 38 weeks. I think you should be just fine.

Post # 5
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I flew at 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 20 weeks, and 22 weeks and had no problems whatsoever.  Although at 20 and 22 weeks the baby kicked a lot during the flight 🙂 Not sure if he hated it or loved it! I wonder why your doctor doesn’t recommend?

Post # 6
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

i’ve known many people who have flown throughout pregnancy. like a previous poster said, i think many doctors don’t recommend flying in the last trimester/ towards the end of your pregnancy because you might go into preterm labor away from home. what actually causes the preterm labor can be varied and not neccessarily related to the flying itself. 


Post # 7
13095 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve never heard of flying being an issue until late into the 3rd trimester.

Darling Husband flys every week for work and has worked with multiple pregnant women who flew every single week up until late in their pregnancies with no issues what-so-ever.

Post # 8
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

@mrsjansen:  Just wanting to reiterate what the PPs said, that I’ve never heard it being a problem either* =)

*until the last trimester

Post # 9
2638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

Sounds like your doctor’s a bit of an alarmist. I also was told that I am safe to travel up until my last four weeks and even then, it’s only because if I were to go into labor they wouldn’t want me in a strange place not knowing where to go.

I am 12w today and I am flying next week for work as well. I am not concerned!

Post # 11
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@mrsjansen:  I flew at 13 weeks and talked to my doctor about it beforehand. Without going into the nitty gritty, the long and short of it was that the biggest risk that comes with flying while pregnant is that of deep vein thrombosis (blood clot that typically occurs in your leg). She advised me to wear compression socks and to point and flex my toes a few times every 15 minutes and walk around the plane every 30 to 60 minutes.

I would also strongly advise against going through the full-body scanners at the airport. There are varying views on this, but my research into indicated that, no matter what the TSA says, there have been no long term studies done on the risks and certainly none on the potential effect on a fetus. And, I always figure, why expose myself (and my baby) to more radiation if it can be avoided? The last time I flew I was travelling with my mother who’s a retired professor of medical imaging and her emphatic advice was to opt out of the full-body scanners and get the pat down instead. I did, and the pat down was seriously not the big deal it’s been made out as by the media.

Post # 12
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m flying tomorrow at 14w3d. I hadn’t even mentioned it to my doctor as I didn’t see it as being a problem. I’m also flying to Mexico at 25 weeks and my doctor just said to drink lots of water and get an aisle seat so I can walk around, etc.

Post # 13
590 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - St. Philip Catholic Church/Arcadia Brewing Co.

I flew just last week (17 weeks so a bit later than you are asking about). It was no problem. I got up moved around on the plane and was not even any more unconfortable than usual.

I would second the opting out of the full body scan. I did and the pat-down was not that bad. It did take a few extra minutes though so depending on how early you get to the air port I would plan for that.

Post # 14
6889 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I flew at 20 weeks and had no issues. 

Post # 15
966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I flew at 6 weeks and 21 weeks.  No problem with either.  And like another poster said I opted for the pat down.  

Post # 16
678 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I flew two weeks ago at 15 weeks and am taking a flight to PR for my 1st anniversary to Puerto Rico this weekend (I’ll be 17 weeks).  I had no issues, but I did let the other person on my row (I had a window, Darling Husband was in the middle) that I am pregnant and may have to get up frequently to hit the lavatory 🙂 

Good luck, you’ll be fine!!

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