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Old 02-26-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
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Question about Flying while pregnant

Is there a certain time during pregnancy that the dr advises not to fly besides the obvious really close to due date? My hubby and I are ttc and in Oct he has a work conference in CA(I'm in CT) and I'd love to go with him as i have family there.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:13 PM   #2
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Are you ttc on your own or with help? If it is with help, you need to be careful you don't have twins (or higher) because the rules change then. For a singleton, normal pregnancy, then I think you can go to 30 weeks safely... at least that is what I remember from what cruises allow you to do. Why I looked that up is beyond me but that is what I remember.

Good luck! I hope you have fun in CA!
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I flew at 32 weeks. I think 34 weeks was my doctors rule.
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Each airline is slightly different but for most domestic flights it's 36 weeks and most international flights it's 30-32.
Cruises are often much earlier (viability often) since you would be there for a prolonged period and they provide health care and if something happened you would need to be airlifted off rather than just landing the plane.
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Re: Question about Flying while pregnant

I was allowed to fly to the Caribbean at 34 weeks, but that was a few years ago. It was the latest they would let me fly.
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Re: Question about Flying while pregnant

im going to paris during my 29th/30th week and the airline we are flying requires i have a note from my care provider stating my due date and that i have clearance to fly. with a note, there are no restrictions up to 36 weeks for a singleton, 32 weeks for twins.

if you are concerned about cosmic radiation from the flight, earlier (as in the first 6-8 weeks) is better and domestic is better than international (due to altitude).

we had our non-refundable tickets to paris well before i got pregnant (by accident!!), and i made the decision to go ahead and fly even though the radiation the babe will be exposed to in total can be likened to a chest x-ray. :/ im going to do epsom salt baths and hope that everything turns out ok...i know a lot of people fly while pregnant but it wouldnt be my choice if we had planned!
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Is it the radiation that drs are worried about? Besides early labor
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yes check airlines as they do say you need to have docs note after certain point. I flew and had note ready from mw but no one ever asked but the flight attendants were very nice
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Just be aware of the various risks and inconveniences:

Increased risk of blood clots
Increased likelihood of airsickness
Possible radiation risk
Awkward airplane bathrooms
Narrow airplane aisles

I was on a flight with two other heavily pregnant women and trying to pass each other in the aisle involved a lot of contortions and shoving various body parts into the faces of other passengers.
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