Post # 1
This is really weighing on me. I found out I’m pregnant last Friday, first cycle TTC after my last miscarriage. Generally it’s taken me a while to get pregnant so this was a complete shock. Also, I’m being treated for bad natual killer cells in a clinic (so daily meds and injections to hold the pregnancy : it costs a lot!!)
We had booked flights (from Ireland to London) ages ago to watch an American Football game for next weekend. I’m not sure if I should risk flying now. I know lots do but given my circumstances what would you do? (Flights and tickets booked but hotel’s not booked yet).
Post # 2
Isn’t the only reason you aren’t supposed to fly late in your pregnancy because you may go into labour on the plane? I don’t think there is anything about flying itself that would cause problems…just the risk that something could happen while you’re in the air.
Post # 4
phoebephoebo: I too suggest you consult your physician.
Post # 5
Thanks, during my last pregnancy I consulted my obgyn and she suggested not travel but I was threatening mc. I won’t be able to talk to this doc until after the trip (you have to schedule phone consults) so will only be able to ask the nurses this week.
Post # 6
phoebephoebo: I want to clarify that I only voted “no” because it sounds like you will be worried if you do fly, and it’s likely to ruin your vacation. So, no. of course, you should ask your doctors office.
Post # 7
are there risks of flying in early pregnancy?
PS congratulations on your news! I’m very pleased for you!!
Post # 8
First: congratulations on your bfp! It’s a tough question… I don’t have any medical expertise, and as far as I understand there are no indications that flying in early pregnancy is risky. I did (didn’t know I was pregnant yet, but suspected), but (for what that’s worth) I don’t have your medical history. Since it seems that you won’t be able to talk to your doctor, I’d base my decision on how I’d feel if anything did go wrong (God forbid): would you feel nagging doubts that maybe had you not traveled it wouldn’t have happened?
This is just an elaborate way of saying go with your gut. If you feel that flying puts your pregnancy at risk, don’t. All the best to you!
Post # 9
phoebephoebo: Phone and talk with the nurses on the national nurse line. (I think you have one). They have the expertise to answer this question rather than looking for direction from non- medical strangers on the internet.
Post # 10
First off, congratulations and my fingers crossed for you!
They don’t schedule phone consults within a week? That’s unfortunate. Are you able to talk to anyone in the office this week?
I flew shortly after finding out I was pregnant in each of my three pregnancies. The first two ended in miscarriage but so far, my third is going great. Much like you, I got pregnant the cycle after my miscarriage. Also a shock for us bc the prior time had been over a year between pregnancies. I know how hard it can be to move forward with the “normal” when you’re in this situation, and really, you have to do whatever you feel comfortable with. When I was going through it, I wondered if I did something wrong by flying. In retrospect, though, I really believe it was coincidental. Good luck to you!
Post # 11
Congratulations!! Best of luck! I’m not pregnant, but voted “no” because I know if it were me and God forbid something happened this time around, I would always wonder if it was the flying that caused it (even though it most likely WOULDN’T be the cause). Just ask those nurses, talk to your Darling Husband, and make the decision together. Either way, have fun and best of luck these next 9 months!
Post # 12
What if you had a miscarriage far from home and your own doctors? Personally, with a history like yours I would not fly so early in the first trimester, when losing the pregnancy is a real risk, for something as unimportant as a football game.
Post # 13
I’d definitely phone the nurses at your clinic and ask what they advise, but until then I’m not sure what I’d do in your shoes. You’re already doing everything humanly possible to help this little bean stick – you’re taking meds, doing your injections, and from what I’ve understood, bed rest or taking it super easy won’t have any impact on helping this little guy out. The only thing you can do is hope your meds do their job and that this little guy is chromosomally normal.
How long would you be gone? Would you miss any appointments? Are you comfortable taking your meds in a hotel and carting your injection supplies along with you? If the worst were to happen, it’s my understanding that nothing could be done at home or on holiday, since you’ve been through it before do you think you’d be able to handle it in a hotel? It’s not a pleasant thought, but could you/would you want to save POC to test for chromosomal abnormalities if you miscarried naturally?
If the doctor/nurse says you’re clear to travel without risk and you feel up to it and want to go, I think I’d say go for it. You’ve already been through so much and if you can do your best on holiday as well as you can do it at home, I wouldn’t let it spoil your plans. Who knows, maybe little bean in there will be a football fan too and decide to hang around so he can get the chance to watch the game from the outside 🙂
Post # 14
phoebephoebo: Congratulations! I’m so happy for you, and will pray this is your sticky baby! Personally, I would fly, but I haven’t had any miscarriages, so if it is too stressful to you, then maybe you shouldn’t. I did have a two week trip from Texas to Greece that I took when I was 5 weeks and 7 weeks on the return, flights were 24 and 30ish hours (some layover time in there obviuosly), and my doctor wasn’t worried about it at all. I know our situations are different, but just thought I’d throw that out there.
Post # 15
Well first of all…. YEAAHHHHHHHH!!!! Congratulations!!! I hope this pregnancy sticks and goes smoothly for you!
As far as travel, I know part of me would be thinking that early pregnancy flying is not a problem in general, but if something happened after flying I know I’d blame myself and think that’s what caused it. It’s a tough call for sure. I think if you do go, frequent walks/stretching, keeping hydrated and well fed will be your best bet. I’m leaning more towards it’s unlikely to be a problem.