(Closed) Will I want to travel by plane at 28 weeks?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am very interested in answers to this question as well.  We are talking about taking a big family trip to Hawaii right around my 28th week as well.  Am I even going to want to do this?  What do you think?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m not pregnant, but this website makes it sounds like around 28 weeks is when a lot of airlines start to requires letters from your doctor certifying that you are ok to fly, and when your due date is.  There are probably more reliable sources elsewhere, but that’s the first thing I saw.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m 28 weeks and I’d feel fine flying right now.  I have been pretty heatlhy and feeling okay, so I’m sure that helps a lot. I’m sure if I was still feeling sick all the time I wouldn’t want to go anywhere. To be honest, there’s nothing that I’d love more than going on a vacation with my husband and just relaxing and enjoying being married and sharing in the excitement of our child.

I’d be taking food options, safety, and activities into consideration. My diet is still a little off and sometimes i just can’t eat certain things, so I’d go somewhere with things you’ve been able to eat while pregnant and bring snacks and such so you can eat more frequently. At 28 weeks I need to eat a little all day long, so three larger meals a day just wouldn’t cut it. I’d want to be in a safe area with some sightseeing options and some easy activities like swimming, walking/hiking, etc… At 28 weeks I’m big enough that my balance and coordination is starting to shift, as well as I get winded more easily.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

I was fine with a short half hour flight to a neighbor island, not sure about a longer flight though.  When it came to walking around and hanging out, I wanted to take it easy.  I’m used to active, adventurous go-go-go vacations so it was quite a bit of slowing down for me to accommodate my pregnancy energy needs. However, if you are good with simply eating out, short window shopping walks and a planned sightseeing/activity ( I went snorkeling for about 20 mins. ) then it should be fine. It was nice to just relax. Originally, when I was in the trip planning phases, (2nd trimester) I thought I could handle much more than when the time actually came. I think I went around my 25th week and I was grateful I didn’t opt for the more ‘exciting’ vacation in another destination.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I flew about then to NYC, but I wouldn’t want to go to a country with “weird diseases” or worse hospitals…plus I wouldn’t want to be over the ocean if you did go into labor or something in flight. 

I was a little uncomfortable, but it was totally doable!  I am so glad we took a trip before baby got here and a big trip before I got pregnant.  I really didn’t realize how hard it would be to travel with the baby, not that it can’t be done.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I actually posted something really similar to this a few weeks ago, and the consensus (more or less) seemed to be that people were comfortable traveling relatively short distances (couple of hours or so) to places with reasonably good medical care (i.e. don’t plan any pleasure jaunts to rural Ethiopia)  through about 32 weeks.

I’d talk to your OB about it just to make sure that s/he (who actually knows your personal situation) is ok with it and to see his/her suggestions. To my OB, it made a big difference where I was going- I was talking about going to a big city with a good medical center. I’m not sure where you’re thinking about going in the Caribbean, but your OB’s response may be different depending on where you’ll be and what kind of options you’d have if you needed urgent care.

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