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Confused on advice re flying with placenta praevia

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Hummingbird15 Mon 27-Jul-15 15:59:18

I had my 20 week scan today, and was told by sonographer that I have a low lying anterior placenta. It is within 2cm of the cervix (she didn't give me an exact measurement), but not touching it. I was then sent to see a midwife who chatted through placenta praevia with me.

She said that they have to advise the same to anyone with pp, and cannot 'grade' the severity of pp. She told me that they have to advise no sex for the rest of pregnancy, and also that she could not give me a fit to fly letter, so advised against flying.

Now that I'm home, I've looked it up and realise that there are 4 grades of PP, so for her to tell me that they are all the same is puzzling. As my placenta isn't touching the cervix, I have the most mild grade...

We have a week booked in Majorca when i'll be 25-26 weeks and I'm now really confused on whether or not we should go. I've looked at Easyjet's guidelines and they don't say you need a letter at this stage, but I don't know what our holiday insurance would say...

I know that there's a 90% chance that the placenta will move up, but just can't work out whether a short haul flight is silly, or if the midwife has just worried me unnecessarily.

My sister is also a midwife and she has said that if I was in her hospital they'd give me a fit to fly letter.... confused!

Brummiegirl15 Mon 27-Jul-15 16:19:04

You don't need a fit to fly letter before 28 weeks so it's your choice whether to go.

But just not sure how it affects your insurance if you have been told by your midwife not to fly?

AbbeyRoadCrossing Mon 27-Jul-15 16:30:57

You'll need to tell your insurance you have PP if you want to be covered for any hospital stays whilst you are out there.
I had the most mild grade too but the placenta moves so mine had moved down later in pregnancy. Assuming no previous c section scars etc about 90% are fine but 10% stay low or move lower.
It's one of those things that will probably be fine but it's up to you on your decision. From what I understand the flight isn't dangerous, it's just if you bleed in the air (which would be unlucky) it's an emergency situation
I think that early on you should be OK (if your insurer covers it).

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