Post # 1
I am 5w1d pregnant and have a work trip on Sunday that requires an hour and a half flight there and back (I am doing up and back in the same day). I also have a trip in 2 weeks that is a cross country, 4 day trip. Both trips are to present at conferences, so rescheduling isn’t an option and cancelling will require me to make the pregnancy very public. Given that I have a history of loss, I really don’t want to announce to everyone in my field at this time.
I just started googling and have seen mixed results about flying this early. I have not had my doctor’s appointment yet, but left a message with her nurse to get advice and expect to hear back after I have left the office. If I can’t go, I really need to let my boss know soon.
My questions to the bees are:
1) Have any of you traveled early in pregnancy? Did your doctors have any concern?
2) Did you go through the body scanners or get a pat down?
Post # 2
Pollywog: I traveled at 4 weeks pregnant and again at 8 weeks and then 14 weeks (and more throughout pregnancy). I wasn’t worried about it at all and neither was my midwife. I went through the scanner because from what I read it was completely safe. You could always do the pat down, though. I had a completely healthy pregnancy with no complications whatsoever and now have a very healthy 11 month old son. Congrats to you! I really wounldn’t worry about it but you should speak to your care provider to put your mind at ease!
Post # 3
Pollywog: I travelled for work several times when I was pregnant. The first time, I had just found out so was probably 5-6 weeks along. I hadn’t even been to a doctor yet. At my first prenatal appointment, I asked about travel and my obgyn said there are no concerns by default. She said if some other problem presents itself, then we might want to look at possible impact of travel, but for a healthy pregnancy there’s no reason not to travel until your due date is approaching.
Post # 4
Pollywog: I have no advice but wanted to pop in and say congratulations!!!! So happy for you!
Post # 5
Pollywog: This is the information our Provincial NurseLine gives out re travel in pregnancy.
The only caution re travel in the first trimester is because of the possible risk of miscarriage and being away from home. The risk has nothing to do with flying itself.
Post # 6
Pollywog: I had a two hour flight for a conference at 4 weeks pregnant…no problems whatsoever. My doctor and dr. google all told me the xray’s were perfectly safe. I also recently flew 10 hours each way at 9.5 and 11 weeks pregnant WITH a hematoma in my uterus. My doctor (a RE, not OB) told me this was totally fine, and I just needed to make sure I stretched every hour, drank lots of water, and he recommended compression socks to cut down the risk of blood clots (which is slightly elevated during pregnancy). I too have had losses, but I really have no idea how travel could cause a miscarriage, so it’s not something I would worry about personally.
I should add, I had a doctor’s appointment set up the day after I got back from my 10 hour flight and baby was perfectly healthy!
Post # 7
I did at 5w, I didn’t even know I was pregnant. No issues.
Post # 8
MrsAKSkier: Daisy_Mae: whitums: Thank you! I always had assumed it was safe and it is reassuring to hear that other people were just fine.
HaaaveYouMetTed: Thanks! We are really excited!
julies1949: Thank you! I am not particularly worried about miscarrying away from home and it is great to know that that was the concern.
Post # 9
Pollywog: try not to worry. I had two miscarriages before my current pregnancy and also had to travel for work in my first (and second, and third) trimesters. I was traveling almost every other week, usually on 3ish hour flights each way. Try not to google too much- you’ll get a lot of fearful people. I didn’t do anything special in terms of going through security either- if there was a body scanner, I would do it, but a lot of the time I ended up going through normal metal detectors because I had TSA Pre-check and those tend to have normal metal detectors. I’m now 31 weeks pregnant so the travel had no bearing on the pregnancy!
Post # 10
I just got back from a work trip to Cuba – I am 33 weeks pregnant! No swelling, no unbearable discomfort, etc – it was basically like any flight I had ever taken in the past! I did opt out of going through the security scanners (just to be on the super safe side), I also made sure I had an aisle seat for the multiple bathroom trips. Also – traveling to Cuba had it’s own risks so I was sure to drink only bottled water, and not to eat certain foods, etc, so take that into consideration depending on the location of your travel.
Post # 11
I traveled at 18 weeks and opted out of the scanner. Just my personal preference. Interestingly all the female TSA agents told me they to would opt out…
Post # 12
Pollywog: yes I had 2 flights within 2 weeks when I was only around 6-7 weeks and it was fine. The body scanners say it’s safe and way less exposure than a cell phone. My doctor had no problem with me flying. Just have some preggie pops or something if you’re nauseous- that was the worst part. But I was nauseous everywhere- flying or not. Good luck and congrats!!!!
Post # 13
Pollywog: I travelled at 11 weeks pregnant but they only had metal detector scanners where I’m from so I used them. Apart from being tired and already hating flying it was fine. My doctor said it would be fine. The flight was 1hour 45 mina each way bug I wore flight socks to be extra careful and drank lots of water
Post # 14
I traveled a lot while pregnant. In the very early stages all the up to my 8th month. No issues. But I had a very easy pregnancy.
I always opt out of scanners and X-ray, even not pregnant.
Post # 15
Pollywog: i traveled at 4 weeks pregnant but didnt know i was pregnant and then again at 12 weeks pregnant. I was fine, and my doctor had no concerns. Stay hydrated, eat well. Rest.
Refuse any type of rays and scanners, they will do a thorough pat down