(Closed) OK to travel at 6 weeks pregnant?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I didn’t travel by plane during the first trimester, but I think it should be fine. It may be unpleasant for you if you have morning sickness, but I doubt it will harm the baby. Hopefully someone with more experience in this area will chime in.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

@bug-in-a-rug:  I always thought women weren’us supposed to travel in the third trimester only because of the risk of delivery. I think you should be fine.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I took a 16 hour flight at about 6 weeks and the return flight 2 weeks later. my morning sickness hadn’t kicked in by then. I was fairly comfortable on the plane, and my energy levels were ok. My Darling Husband wouldn’t let me carry anything other than my purse, though haha. I did get a prescription for Zofran before leaving just in case I felt sick, but I don’t think I took any on the flights. make sure to bring lotsa little snacks and candies to nibble on, and stay hydrated! Doc also said to get up and walk every half hour or hour since we’re more prone to blood clots in the legs, etc. 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m currently 20.5 weeks pregnant, and I traveled to St Lucia with my husband when I was only 6 weeks – everything went fine, although my nausea started to kick in around this time, so the vacation wasn’t too fun lol. I asked my doctor before I went and she said traveling during first trimester will not harm the baby in anyway – you just can’t ride in one of those tiny private planes because of the increased pressure. 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

As others have stated, travel in the first trimester is quite safe. Long airplane trips are not ideal due to the increased risk of venous thromboembolism (blood clots), so getting up to walk every hour or so is recommended.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I traveled in South America at altitude around 7 weeks and was totally fine.  My only advice is to pack a ton of granola bars, saltine crackers and other carby snacks.  Everyone is different but unfamiliar foods/flavors were really unappealing to me.  Since Turkish food is highly spiced, it may be a little off putting so having your own snacks will be helpful.  Have a great time!  

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I flew at about 10 weeks and it was fine except that I got sick during a rough landing. But the only travel restriction my doctor told me about was much later in the third trimester. You should fine unless you have some other special risk factors, I would imagine.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I’d say go for it. I flew at 7 weeks pregnant, packed up a 4,000 sq. ft house in 38 hours and rode in a uhaul across the country! I think you will be just fine!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

You’re fine. You’re only not supposed to travel long distances in your last 4-6 weeks . . . and that’s only because you could go into pre-term labor and not be close enough to a hospital or a physician you trust. There’s no risk to the baby whatsoever!

Planes do have super dry air though and traveling dehydrates you so just be aware of that in general. 🙂

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ill be traveling a fair bit until almost the end of my second trimester back and forth across the country for weddings, for work etc plus long car rides. It may not be the most comfortable, but its safe.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I traveled to Kenya and back in my 5th and 6th weeks of pregnancy.  The flights took 24 hours just one way.  My dr said it was fine to do before we left.  I also scheduled an appointment the day I got back and everything checked out great.  I am now 12 weeks today!  

The advice I got was to not sit for too long and get up and stretch on the flights.  I found this helpful.  Also, I highly recommend getting a nausea prescription before you go.  For me, my worst nausea of the entire pregnancy was while I was traveling – having zofran was literally a life saver for me.  I really think it was because of all the different food smells that my body was not used to.  Lastly, just take it easy and know your limits – don’t push yourself.

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Plane, train, automobile?  Yes.  Safari through bumpy terrain in jeep?  No.

You’ll be fine.  Make sure to get up every hour to walk around so no blood clots form.  Hydrate. Hydrate.  Hydrate.  And don’t be ashamed to wear a medical mask in your seat.  Germs are abound and your immune system is down.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@baletrina:  Or you even could do a safari in a bumpy jeep at 6 weeks and be fine… like I did…..

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