Work travel in the first trimester

posted 4 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 # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I traveled internationally at 9-10wks, and several local flights later in pregnancy (20-24wks). I didn’t do the strange new scanners just because I felt uncomfortable with them. My dr had said they would be fine to use, but I didn’t. On my international flights in first trimester I just asked to do the metal detector only. My recent local flights wouldn’t let me do the metal detector only so I “opted out” and just did the pat down. If I were to go back in time I would have just done the “opt out” pat down even in the very beginning, just to avoid any kind of scanner/detector in general! But baby boy is growing along just fine in there 🙂

    If you end up traveling, just stay hydrated and bring medicine/remedies for nausea in case your MS is bad. I never got sick on the plane, but my MS was fairly brutal until about 14wks so I had the vomit bag ready just in case!  

    Congratulations!!

    Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    Pollywog:  I had 4 flights in weeks 5 and 6.  1 round trip domestic, 1 round trip international. (Back to back too, landed at 1am from the international and departed at 8am for the domestic trip.) Flying was fine.  Morning sickness kicked in after landing at the third flight.  The last flight home was pretty rough!  I was on the edge of vomiting the entire flight.  The flight attendants were awesome.  DH told them what was up and they were super sweet to me (extra gingerale, always checking if I needed anything, gave me gravol – totally safe to take.) 

    I didn’t go through the body scanners.  I’m flying in 2 weeks at 23 weeks along and I won’t be going through them then, either.  

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 2 months ago by  sostobe.
    Post # 18
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

    Pollywog:  I think it’s safe to fly. I would opt for pat down though. No need to add unecessary risk. Hope you have a healthy and happy pregnancy.

    Post # 19
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    Blushing bee

    I wouldn’t be worried of such short flights but I did cancel my trip in my first semester but that would have included 17 hours of flying one way. I was feeling fine and could have went but cosmic radiation and solar storms are a real thing and I didn’t want to take any risks. There are ways to calculate how much cosmic radiation you may get during a certain flight and then you can convert it to how many chest x-rays it would be. Generally this is not an issue at all but there may be solar storms (i.e. more radiation) and for someone like me who refuses dental x-rays during pregnancy it wasn’t a risk I wanted to take. If you’re interested, there are proper research papers in respectable journals about the topic.

    Lucky if you’re able to refuse body scanners in the US! I recently flew a shorter distance and the Australian stance now is that you can’t refuse them because they don’t think they impose any risk and if you do, you might not be allowed to get on the flight. I always thought I can refuse based on pregnancy but the person had to ask their manager (luckily they were right there!) who finally allowed me to go through a normal metal detector!

    Post # 21
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Pollywog:  I flew loads throughout this pregnancy-  at least 10 times through the first two trimesters.  I’m 34 weeks now and baby seems to be healthy by all accounts and is moving around lots.  I always went through the scanner – no pat downs.  My OBs office never had any reservations about me flying in early pregnancy.  Also, flight attendents fly when pregnant for at least the first two trimesters (I’m guessing female pilots do too). 

    Post # 22
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I traveled to the Caribbean at 8w (2 flights each way, each 2-3 hours, I think) and to Europe at 12w (7-8 hour flight each way).  I checked with my OB and midwife beforehand and they both said that it was no big deal.  The advice is pretty much the same– get up and walk around, drink lots of water, etc.

    They did say that for the longer flights, if I wanted I could do compression stockings, though this was optional and not something they felt was critical.  I opted to do them since it made me feel better.

    I did the body scanners at the airport after doing lots of research– don’t worry, they are fine!

    Post # 23
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Oh yeah, try to get an aisle seat so you can get up whenever you feel like it!  Esp on longer flights.

    Post # 24
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    I flew twice when pregnant and did pat-downs in lieu of the scanner. The TSA ladies were very nice and respectful when they did it. And like SaltedCaramel, I wore compression socks- can’t hurt, and I’ll use them again for transatlantic flights.

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