flying friday,help!

Jessica - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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im flying bck home 2 yuma friday and i need some help,some tips,sumthn lol im 8 months pregnant .when i flew here u could balrey tell i was prego but NOW lol anyways any advice would help:)

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Cori - posted on 01/06/2010

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Quoting Elizabeth:

Definitely check with your OB to make sure it is safe for you to fly. The OB can give you some advice on flying. My suggestion is to make sure you drink plenty of water and to get up and move around since you do not want your ankles to swell or end up with a blood clot in your legs. I flew when I was about 5 months/6 months pregnant and it was a long flight. It was about 9 hours long. I made sure to drink plenty of water and walk around the cabin. The stewardess were really nice and made sure that I did get up and walk. If I hadn't gotten up and walked in a while they would come and get me so that I would stand up and walk around. lol


the stwardesses are soo great on (most) flights! they were so nice to me to, they kept asking me if there was anything i can do and offered to let me walk around whenever i needed to and also to just stand in the back of the plane with them to take a break from sitting or walking! they also gave me an entire bottle of the water because i kept asking for it over and over again during the flight.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/06/2010

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Definitely check with your OB to make sure it is safe for you to fly. The OB can give you some advice on flying. My suggestion is to make sure you drink plenty of water and to get up and move around since you do not want your ankles to swell or end up with a blood clot in your legs. I flew when I was about 5 months/6 months pregnant and it was a long flight. It was about 9 hours long. I made sure to drink plenty of water and walk around the cabin. The stewardess were really nice and made sure that I did get up and walk. If I hadn't gotten up and walked in a while they would come and get me so that I would stand up and walk around. lol

Cori - posted on 01/06/2010

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ugh! there is no getting around it YOU WILL BE MISERABLE! i flew from Delaware to California when i was 32 weeks pregnant and i cried the entire 7 hour flight. my husband felt so bad because he couldnt do anything for me. i couldnt get comfortable in the seats, i had to pee it seemed like everytime they turned on the fasten seat belts sign and my ankles were the size of watermelons half way through the flight. there was nothing i or anyone could do about it.

just to be safe, have a note from your Dr that says you are okay to fly (on that note, make sure its okay with your dr that you fly!) most airlines will let your fly, even on your due date as long as there are no "visible signs of labor" but some have policies about not flying after 37 weeks so check and make sure youre still good to go. take a pillow or one of those neck support pillows, anything that will help you be more comfortable. wear the comfiest clothes you have, throw fashion out the window. and other than that, good luck! i promised myself that i would never fly after 30 weeks again, as well as warn any mothers trying to do so of the traumatic flight that i went through.

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Natasha - posted on 01/06/2010

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I flew when I was 7.5months pregnant. I highly recommend travel socks!! keep yourself hydrated and walk around for some exercise.

Shirley - posted on 01/06/2010

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ask the people at the check in for a seat that will give you leg room. State the obvious to them (sometimes they are a little thick) tell them you are 8 months pregnant, they may give you a bulk head seat. How long is the flight? Keep your ankles moving they will get VERY swollen! wear sneakers and DONT take off your shoes, you will never be able to get them back on again. If you are given a bulk head seat then put your feet up on the wall infront of you so they are as high as you can get them this will reduce some of the swelling. Once you are in the air and the seatbelt sign goes off get up and move around. You will be very uncomfortable in those little seats but there is nothing you can do, so if you keep moving around you wont be as uncomfortable. Drink pleanty of water to avoid dehydration and constipation and eat regularly. You will be fine. It's not that bad, before you know it your flight will be over.

Kristen - posted on 01/06/2010

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I flew every few weeks during my 1st pregnancy with no problems. I agree with the other Mums here & get medical clearance before flying & get your doc to give you a signed letter to state how many weeks pregnant you are. I'd also check with the airline you're flying with as to if they will let you fly as some will not let you fly after you reach a certain amount of weeks...And that's where the letter from your Doc will come in handy if they want to argue with you about how big your bump is!!!

Cori - posted on 01/06/2010

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oh yes and, forgo the sought after "window seat" request an isle, you will be happy when you dont have to ask the people next to you to move every 10 minutes while you have to get up to pee!

Jessica - posted on 01/06/2010

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talk to your OB and be sure it is ok to fly. The OB should have tips on flying while pregnant.

Sharon - posted on 01/06/2010

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sooo???? Help with what?



Telling your parents?



Hiding it from the airlines?

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