I think that you will need to give yourself the 6 weeks. Plus it depends on where you are going and the health system there. for eg, what if you develop a wound infection, with the healthcare system where you are going be adequate to deal, are you covered by insurance etc?
Its a wound after major abdominal surgery afterall, give it as long as you can.
BA who I would be flying with say http://www.britishairways.com/travel/healthmedcond/public/en_gb#medical
Travelling after surgery Type of surgery Travel allowed after (number of days) Major chest, abdominal or cranial surgery- 10 days
I would need to check the insurance too but I assume that a section counts as abdominal surgery for the flight. I'm not worried about the healthcare int he country. My mum had pins put in her ankle out there and they were very good.
Yes its to visit my parents and I'm trying to fit it in before the summer holidays otherwise I can't afford to go. I think I can still do it if I leave it 6 weeks and I book now to make sur eI get a flight. I'll still check the insurance though
Assuming the baby is going with you, I'd be more worried about any health risks to a newborn. I remember not wanting to go to the US when DD was brand new because I wanted to wait and make sure she wwas a healthy baby. Had no reason to think she wouldn't be, but was just being safe. Also, make sure baby's passport can be sorted in time for flight. And, can you buy a plane ticket for a baby who hasn't been born yet?
I would agree that the 6 week wait is a good idea if you will be carrying your own baggage, baby, folding the pram, etc. You might feel fine at 4 weeks... but you don't know until you get there.
You can get a passport issued in a day if you fork over over £100 or so. I had to do this with DD (age 5) a few months ago because being the bozo that I am I booked a flight to Paris and relised two days prior to departure that her passport had expired. What a brilliant planner I am!!!
Anyway, you go in person and you may spend all day there, but you can walk out with a passport in the evening.
Thanks people I spoke to a couple of insurance companies last night and they both said I could fly after 7 days. I'm not planning on that soon but its good to know. Plus baby would be automatically insured I just have to let them know when its born and they can add it to the policy. I'm going to look at whens cheapest and easiest for my parents but I think I'm happy to go anytime from 6 weeks after my due date. They won't induce me so it will be a section after 10 days overdue if necessary. I'm not too worried though as all my others started with spontaneous labour. I also recovered from my last section very quickly so unless something goes horribly wrong I feel confident to travel. Now I just have to work out what I'm going to do about carseats and hand luggage. I haven't flown for 6 years so I'll have to look into the new rules.