(Closed) Should my sister take a 3 hr nonstop flight at 33.5 weeks?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

How does your sister feel about it since she is right on the brink of doctor’s recommendation? Most online recommendations read air travel is most comfortable up until 28 weeks.

And have you checked with the specific airline she will be using what their rules are since it does differ between airlines.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think since her doctor recommended that she not fly, that’s the advice you should take, and not that of well-meaning people on web forums.  Honestly, if a doctor is saying no, it’s not worth the risks regardless of the fact that she hasn’t had complications up to this point.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If her OB said not to, I wouldn’t.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

My OB says no travel from 34 weeks on too. I’d trust the doctor.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You could do a skype shower.  We did that for my now sis-in-law because we couldn’t travel to Key West twice in less than 6 months.

We sent her the presents packaged and wrapped, and she wasnt allowed to open them until she was on Skype with us.  I know its not exactly the same, but it was still fun.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m taking two 6 hour flights at 31 weeks.  My doctor won’t let me fly after 32 weeks due to a low-lying placenta, and I think she’s pretty annoyed that I’m taking such a long flight so close to the cutoff. 

I think the biggest concern is that she would go into labor while you’re on the plane.  While that would suck, it’s highly unlikely, unless she has other pregnancy complications that you didn’t mention.  Will she be uncomfortable on the flight?  Yes, probably.  I know I will!  But is there a medical reason that she shouldn’t be flying at 33 weeks?  Probably not.  I think your sister should ask her doctor more about her reasoning for cutting off flying at 33 weeks, which does sound a little early…

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m planning to fly in April, so I asked my doc about this. She said with typical pregnancies, it’s safe to fly til 35 weeks.

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