(Closed) How Late in Your Pregnancy Did Your Doc Clear You to Fly?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Definitely ask your doctor. I think my cut off was 7 months, but airlines can also decide and it’s usually between 7-8 months, but I would call and find out. Just because your doctor gives you the okay, doesn’t mean the airline will.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Commenting to follow because I’ll be moving across the country towards the end of my pregnancy!

Post # 5
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Worker bee

Mrs. Meowerson :  I forget but at some point they recommended not to travel more than 2 hours from your hospital in case you went in to early delivery. Really babies can survive from about 23 or 24 weeks so I personally didn’t want to travel after that. That’s why cruises don’t let you on past that point. Are you planning a vacation or for other reasons? 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went to SIL’s wedding at like 26 weeks. I think 34 would be the very latest I would consider traveling personally.

Cruises and such will not take you past 20 weeks or something I think. And yes they will ask for verification from your doctor.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The last time I flew, I was 32 weeks pregnant. You can fly up to 36 weeks on all major airlines without doctor’s approval. You need doctors approval to fly after 36 weeks.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

My sister flew at 32 weeks pregnant. Her doctor permitted her to fly for a wedding that she was in but it was cutting it close.

She actually went into labor at 36 weeks and my perfect little nephew was born a month early to the day!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Mrs. Meowerson :  I flew from Hawaii to Alaska which is a 6 hour flight when I was 30 weeks. No one had any problems with that and I would’ve flown much later but we simply didn’t have any trips planned. Many woemn fly in from rural Alaska to Anchorage to give birth (since that is where the hospitals are) and that is anywhere from 36 to 38 weeks. These are short (less than 2 hour) flights, however.

ETA: unless you are having serious pre-term labor or other major risk factors I don’t see how flying at 27 weeks could be a problem.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

the reason airlines don’t want you to fly toward the end of your pregnany is because they don’t want you to go into labor while in the air.  there is not a sanitary place to have a child.

yes emergencies arise and sometimes you have to make the best of a situation.  so there really is not reason why a women with no medical issues related to pregnancy couldn’t fly.

 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I was 32 weeks the last time I flew during my pregnancy. I flew throughout my pregnancy, including flights when I was 25, 27, 29, 30, 31 and 32 weeks  (I travel a lot for work). My doctor was ok with me flying until 36 weeks if necessary. 

Other than general pregnancy discomfort, I had no issues.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was allowed to fly without prior permission up to 36 weeks. My midwife asked that I talk to her first if I needed to fly after that. She didn’t want me flying internationally that late but had no problem with me flying domestically. “There are hospitals everywhere!”

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Mrs. Meowerson :  No one asked me anything about anything. I also flew at 22, 24, 27, and 28 weeks. It wasn’t a big deal.

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