(Closed) Work travel in the first trimester

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Would you go on the trip
    Yes-- there are no risks. People on the internet can be crazy. : (47 votes)
    98 %
    Nope-- it is better to announce than risk it. : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 2
    3008 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    8944 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    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
    1592 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Pollywog:  I have no advice but wanted to pop in and say congratulations!!!! So happy for you!

    Post # 6
    3911 posts
    Honey bee

    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!

    P.S. Congratulations!!

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by  whitums.
    Post # 7
    9823 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I did at 5w, I didn’t even know I was pregnant.  No issues.

    Post # 9
    1936 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    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
    526 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
    256 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
    1444 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    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
    1071 posts
    Bumble bee

    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
    6524 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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

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