Flying in an Airplan?

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How far along can you be before you are not aloud to fly in a plan?Am flying to my brother wedding and will be a little over four months.Is it safe and what could happen?


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Jodi - posted on 07/25/2009




I flew a 2 hour flight at 8 months pregnant. They didn't even ask me for a doctor's certificate (I had one handy), but I was actually quite small, so they probably didn't realise. However, I believe that you need verification from your doctor after you are a certain point, so check with the airline.

Funny thing was, my belief was, well, heck, if I give birth on that 2 hour plane trip, then aren't I lucky it was so quick, LOL!!

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One of the reasons they advise against plane travel is because of possible issues finding health care at the other end if you are unfamiliar with the place. If you have family and/or friends in the area they should have that kind of info. If not just make sure you know what the go is before you leave.

Jacqui - posted on 07/25/2009




I agree with Terrena. Most airlines require a doctor's letter or at least for you to sign a waiver. I'm an older first time mum (42) and flew several times during my pregnancy, including a 12+ hour flight with no problems at all.

Terrena - posted on 07/24/2009




I did a 4.5 hour flight at approx 4 and a half months, and a 14 hour flight at just over 6 months, no problems at all (I was living overseas). My doctor advised that flying after 4 months is fine (I have no complications). The Dr also said after 7 months is ok, it's the airlines that don't like pregnant women taking planes late in the pregnancy in case they go into labour - there is actually no medical reason not to travel by air. If you are looking very pregnant, I would also suggest getting a Drs letter to say it's ok to fly.

Marta - posted on 07/22/2009




The first and third trimesters are flying no-nos! The change in atmospheric pressure can cause spontanious abortion or preterm labour. If you're in your second trimester and are healthy then you're good to go.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/22/2009




Flying during the second trimester is just fine unless you have complications where you doctor may advise against it such as a high risk pregnancy where you need to be monitored closely. If you are otherwise having a healthy pregnancy, then there is no problem. Usually they say do not fly after 36 weeks I believe. It may be 34 weeks.

Laurie - posted on 07/22/2009




it's safe, just double check with your ob. but be sure you dont wear any socks, due to swelling, no carbonated drinks before or during the flight and be sure to get up and walk around if you can just up and down the aisle for a bit.

Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2009




I would check the airline you are flying with....some say not later than 28 weeks...others say upto 36 weeks....the airline should have that info on their site....I had this dilemma last summer when i was pregnant

Gayatheri - posted on 07/19/2009




You can travel up to 32 weeks but it's handy to have a doctor's letter stating you are safe to travel in an airplane..

Nina D. - posted on 07/19/2009




Hi Rosalyn, i guess it is safe to travell when you don`t have any problem, and how long your flight is, but you should talk to your doctor for advice .

Michelle - posted on 07/18/2009




I'm pretty sure that is fine, but you should ask your doctor to be on the safe side!

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