Sunday, April 29, 2007

Pregnancy and Flying

In a couple of weeks my wife will be going on a trip and will be flying. We were visiting some family over the weekend and my wife started to talk about her upcoming trip. One person indicated that pregnant women should not be flying, neither one of us had heard of this before. This post will focus on information I can find on this topic.

Flying While Pregnant
Indicates that healthy pregnant women before the 36th week should be able to fly but should consult their doctor. It also points out that during the first trimester flying can make morning sickness worse.

Pregnancy and Flying
This is a set of questions and answers on fling and pregnancy.

BBC Parenting: Flying During Pregnancy
Information from Dr. Gill Jenkins about problems arising from flying during any stage of pregnancy.

What have you heard about flying and pregnancy?


Belle said...

Hi. Went for the check-up & the dr gave the thumbs up. We have a heartbeat going there. Whew! 6+ weeks now. With the heartbeat, the odds are looking good. =)

Also apart from the light brown spotting once each on Thursday & Friday morning, so far no repeats.
When I saw the tiny heart beat, can put into words the sense of relief inside me. It's like making through a big hurdle & not falling. =)

The only thing I knew about flying during pregnancy is that dr.'s advice is needed & whether it will worsen the morning sickness.

I can't really travel long distance in a car right now. An 1 hour journey to visit a relative yesterday almost turned my belly upside down. Ah, the joy of being healthily pregnant! =)

Our New Baby said...

Congratulations on hearing the heartbeat. I know that we were elated when we heard it. It just about brought me to tears. We have had some more spotting similar to what you are saying. I heard that once there is a heartbeat the chances of problems are done to about 5% and after 12 weeks it is done to less than 1%.

We have been lucky. This past weekend we had a two hour trip in a van and she did great. What a trooper. said...

I traveled for work when I was 8 weeks, I'm traveling via air again next week (9 weeks) and will be traveling early June for business.

As you can imagine, air travel is not ideal when experiencing 1st trimester symptoms, which bothered me more than the actual flying itself. My doc said it was OK to fly up until late into the 2nd trimester, but I'm definitely planning to cut out air travel altogether by mid 2nd trimester.

For me what helped was keeping a store of apples (my favorite is Fuji) and bland crackers. For some, sipping on 7 up or ginger ale helped; I preferred cranberry juice with ice. You can also try motion sickness bands that you wear on both wrists; they worked OK for me.

Good luck and let me know how traveling goes!

Our New Baby said...

Great suggestions that I will share with my wife. She loves apples and cranberry juice!

dragonmummy said...

I just got back from our family vacation. We flew to Hong Kong. I didn't even check with my doc during my week 12 checkup ( I actually forgotten) , but when the doc knew that I'm flying 2 days before the flight, she didn't stop me.

I also flew to Korea when I was about 8 weeks pregnant with my eldest 5 years ago. So flying and pregnancy should be no problem

maternity mum said...

well i survived flying pregnant but my unborn child hated it.

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