(Closed) Long flights while pregnant

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
497 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Make sure you get up and walk around several times to prevent blood clots. Congrats on your pregnancy!

Post # 3
3726 posts
Sugar bee

I traveled 8+ hours internationally in the first trimester without any issues or discomfort. Just drink plenty of water, make sure you stretch every hour or so, and wear compression socks (can find them at sporting goods stores). The biggest concern is that pregnant women are at a higher risk for blood clots which is why stretching a compression socks are recommended. 

Post # 4
2805 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Compression stockings and LOTS of water to keep swelling down. Don’t get too worried if you have extreme leg swelling … But check with your doctor to see what type of sell ing they think you should come in for. 

I swelled from my feet to thighs at 23 weeks (Alaska to New York flight). It took two days to go down, but since I was in good health,otherwise my doctor said it was normal… So check with your Dr on what is good for you because it can differ person to person. 

Post # 5
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Drink LOTS of water before and during the flight. It’s dry on the plane and this will also encourage you to get up and walk around to go to the bathroom. You need to stretch. 😊

Post # 6
2699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

At six weeks it shouldnt be an issue. Stay hydrated and bring small snacks in case of nausea. 

Post # 7
47203 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Get up and walk. Supplement the walking with writing the alphabet with your feet when you are seated. Drink lots of water. (It also helps to ensure you will get up and walk regularly).

Post # 8
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Try to give yourslef time after your flight to get off your feet.  I did an international flight (6hours) at 15 weeks. Got to the hotel in the AM, room wasn’t ready until after 2pm. So I did some sightseeing. I was so swollen!! I gained 10 lbs in water that week. 

Post # 10
79 posts
Worker bee

I have a NY to LA flight at 7w, so I’m following this thread. I think I’m most worried about recovering from the jetlag after a red eye. Good luck with your trip! 


Post # 11
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You got lots of good advice above! I travelled regularly during my pregnancy including a few 6+ hour flights and an international trip in my first trimester. Compression socks, water water water, snacks (and an aisle seat if you are dealing with morning sickness), and making sure you are moving your legs around. I also always chose to opt out of the full body scanner and go for the pat down, but that’s up to you! (I always had a very pleasant experience with the security people, so it was never an issue, just took an extra minute or two going through security) 

Post # 12
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I just did a 6 hour cross country flight (and back) last week at 9 weeks. It was fine. I naturally drink lots of water so on a flight like that I had to get up to go to the restroom 3 times. I also had the row to myself on the way there so I was able to stretch out. It wasn’t bad. I’m sure if I was further along it would be more difficult. 

Post # 13
1579 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Angil2000:  Im 6w and also going to be flying here shortly (4 hrs, 6 hrs, 7 hrs). I’m getting a big water at the airport and drinking a lot to stay hydrated. Switched my seats to aisles and packed a ton of snacks that calm my stomach along with gum and some chocolate 🙂

Fly safe!

Post # 14
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Just to add, I would advise no funny drinks, nothing besides water. And keep it coming!

Btw, make sure you know where your sick bag is and open it (mine was closed and Darling Husband had to help)

Post # 15
394 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Angil2000:  I recently travelled 20 weeks pregnant on long flights…with 6 hour long transits! It was hell for me because my belly is big now and it’s not possible for me to sit so long without putting my legs up or laying down after a couple of hours. I think 6 weeks pregnant should not be an issue. I hope you don’t have nausea anymore, you may feel a little sick. I’d suggest to wear something comfortable and probably fly first/business class if you can.

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