Post # 1
I am not pregnant nor trying to conceive at the moment, but it’s something we have planned for this year. Now, I have found out there is a family event in August or September 2014 I must attend overseas, about an 11-hour flight away. If we were to get pregnant later this year, I’d probably give birth in mid 2014 which is when this event is.
So my questions are:
1) How far along in your pregnancy do airlines let you travel, and would you travel up to the maximum they allow?
2) Can newborn babies fly, and if so have you taken yours in a long flight? How did it go??
Post # 3
@Mrs. Ginger: you have to check with the specific airline you’re booking with and then your specific situation will come into play as to what your dr thinks is appropriate for you, but typically airlines various rules start coming into play in the last trimester to 30 weeks Depending on their policies. But any airline may make you bring a letter from your dr at any point.
Post # 4
@Mrs. Ginger: Airline policies are typically aroudn 36 weeks or thereabouts.
That said, my doctor, in no uncertain terms, nixed travel outside of the contiguous 48 states from 30 weeks on for several reasons (we were discussing a babymoon to the islands) including that in the third trimester problems can happen (early labor, need for bed rest, etc.) and you want to be in a US hospital that takes your US insurance. They also don’t want you traveling more than an hour or two within 3 weeks of your due date. (some say a whole month)
Re newborns, my understanding is that planes are germ-central (which is why so many people get sick after long rides) so you want to avoid planes for the first 6-8 weeks of a newborn’s life while it’s little immune system is still developing.
I’ll let others chime in with what their docs have said, but based on what mine said – for an overseas trip, I think you’re dealing with a blackout period of at least 32 weeks pregnant to 6-8 weeks post partum.
Post # 5
Don’t forget to factor in the time it’ll take to get your baby’s social, passport etc! It takes a while sometimes, but I’m not sure how much.
Post # 6
my parents traveled with me from germany to the USA at 3 months. were debating on traveling with our newborn to germany as well. we originally had a trip planned in april, but i dont want to go to Germany 24+w pregnant. the babe is due in July and im wondering when we will be able to go. it might have to be planned by ear depending on our babies personality. my parents said i was fantastic and literally slept 10 hours of the flight. but, we never know!
Post # 7
My doctor said no airline travel from 34 or 36 weeks on if I remember correctly. She said you don’t want to run the risk of going into labor in the air because there’s nothing they can do for you at that point…it’s not like they can land in a random field/ocean just to get you off of the plane lol
Post # 8
I’m 33 weeks pregnant and I’ve already traveled overseas twice during this preganancy. The first time was around 9-12 weeks (that was the worst time, in my opinion, because of morning sickness) and then the second time was 28-31 weeks (MUCH better time to fly). My doctor said I could fly internationally until 34 weeks, but definitely talk to you doctor.
Also, we’re planning on possibly moving back to America shortly after the baby’s born (military) and that will be around 6 weeks.
Post # 9
Wow, my doctor is much stricter, he said no overseas travel at any point in the pregnancy (I asked about a 14 hour flight to Asia) due to the risk of blood clots. We waited until after the trip to start TTC.