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Would you fly to/from Australia at 33 weeks pregnant?

(24 Posts)
phlossie Sat 02-Jul-11 20:48:07

We were planning on spending Christmas in Perth, Australia with my sister, but now I'm up the duff we're having second thoughts. I'd be flying there at 30 weeks and back at 33 weeks, it's my third baby, I'm 31 and healthy, and all my pregnancies have been uncomplicated (and both other DCs were late)! What do you think? Would you? It's a looooooong way!

moondog Sat 02-Jul-11 20:50:01

Maybe not.
I was flying middle distances until about 34 weeks and it was a vile experience.
YThe thoguht of 24 hours on a plne with a huge bump (unless lounging in business class) sounds terrible.

phlossie Sat 02-Jul-11 20:59:53

I'm not a massive fan of flying anyway, and have a 4yo and 6yo to contend with too. The alternative is going next year with a 10mo...

moondog Sat 02-Jul-11 21:01:53

Grim either way, girl.

BikeRunSki Sat 02-Jul-11 21:01:59

No, will any airline take you?

MayDayChild Sat 02-Jul-11 21:03:33

You'd need a doc letter anyway by then. I'd say don't bother ...

ensure Sat 02-Jul-11 21:04:34

I definitely wouldn't seeing as DD came at 32 weeks!
But I don't think I would anyway. Too long a flight, you'd probably be a bit uncomfortable.

coastgirl Sat 02-Jul-11 21:12:32

No, I'm 34 weeks and the thought of even sitting in a car for more than an hour is horrendous. I can't get comfy anywhere except my bed with a hundred pillows so a cramped airline seat would be torture. Maybe in First Class I would consider it but seeing as I am still suffering just thinking about a return flight from Canada in the smallest economy seat ever last year, and I wasn't even pregnant at the time, I just wouldn't.

supergreenuk Sat 02-Jul-11 21:12:34

Thought airlines don't allow you to fly in the third trimester

Eviepoo Sat 02-Jul-11 21:14:04

I wouldn't, based on the fact I found that journey hard not PG and at 33w now I can barely stand the 2 hours in the car to my see my family. But you are you. Check about if the airline would take you. Also my sister has done it with her son when he was 6 months and it was ok.

Georgimama Sat 02-Jul-11 21:15:55

I don't think you would find an airline prepared to take you.

Georgimama Sat 02-Jul-11 21:16:49

I have flown to Perth with a 10 month old and it was absolutely fine.

Concordia Sat 02-Jul-11 21:16:51

Go next year!

phlossie Sat 02-Jul-11 21:17:30

BA let you fly up to 36 weeks with a doctor's note.

Both my DCs were 11 days late, so I'm not too worried about that, it's more the discomfort. Did I mention that I'm nearly 6ft tall???? Economy seats are a nightmare anyway...

Thanks for your (unanimous) advice. I've never flown for longer than 4 hours, and that was ages ago.

Bugger. Bloody sister living so far away.

fuckmepinkandCALLmegoran Sat 02-Jul-11 21:19:00

Who was the MNetter who got stuck in American when her baby came at 28 or 30 weeks or something??

(not to scare you)

Georgimama Sat 02-Jul-11 21:21:34

Fly Emirates or Singapore next year. Brilliant for children even in economy.

peppapighastakenovermylife Sat 02-Jul-11 21:24:10

No! <shudder>

Ishani Sat 02-Jul-11 21:29:10

I had to wait until DD was 6 weeks old due to DVT once i'd missed the 27 week deadline but that was 10 years ago, maybe it's changed but nobody wanted me on a long haul flight pregnant at all.
And I can't say I relished the idea of going into labour in bang kok.

TYBear Sat 02-Jul-11 21:29:49

No, I've done it a fair few times and its awful enough when not pregnant. Certainly wouldn't do a holiday, ie. there and back, where I would also have to cope with the jet lag and time difference.

Wafflepuss Sat 02-Jul-11 23:41:25

Noooooooooo!!!

My waters broke at 32 weeks. Bad enough at home, truly terrifying at 30,000 ft.

piprabbit Sat 02-Jul-11 23:44:15

Get your sister to come to you?

doozle Sat 02-Jul-11 23:47:17

I wouldn't but then my waters broke at 31 weeks and I gave birth at 33. I was also away from home when it happened and it wasn't fun.

That aside, as you seem to have a low-risk pregnancy, I think it wouldn't be a nice journey at that stage - not comfortable.

doozle Sat 02-Jul-11 23:50:15

Wasn't there a lot of insurance issues with the poster who gave birth in America? They wouldn't cover her hospital costs or something?

Suppose you just never know what might happen.

TYBear Sun 03-Jul-11 09:00:18

If you did go you'd want to certain you were totally covered for all eventualities with some iron clad travel insurance.

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