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Long Flight when 12 weeks pregnant

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bluespix77 Mon 07-Sep-09 15:12:00

Hi
I have just found out I'm pregnant and need to book a flight to Tokyo for work this week.
I'll be almost 12 weeks pregnant when I take the 12 hour flight to Japan. I wouldn't usually worry about taking a short flight to say Europe, but 12 hours seems like such a long time, especially wen my last pregnancy ended with a missed miscarriage at 11 weeks.
Does anyone know of any restrictions on longer flights when pregnant?
Many thanks.

arena Mon 07-Sep-09 15:50:12

I went to India when i was 12 weeks pregnant, I had my scan before i went just so i knew everything was ok.

Just make sure that you do lots of walking in the plane, and drink plenty of water.

Sorry your last pregnancy ended in a m/c, just think positive. You will be fine.

And congrulations to you.

mosschops30 Mon 07-Sep-09 15:55:48

Just make sure you walk about plenty, and exercise your legs every hour by rotating them and lifting them. Also make sure you get some good flight socks, I always wear them pg or not.
I came back from Portugal (only 2 hour flight) and was admitted with susspected PE, I laughed but A&E doc said very high risk of DVT/PE for pg women regardless of actual flight time.

Im sure you know that flying alone would not cause you to have a miscarriage, but Im sure your previous experience makes you worry about it more.

Have a good time smile (am envy would love to go to Tokyo)

amyboo Mon 07-Sep-09 16:29:38

If you're not having any other worrying signs, I'd guess you're fine to fly. I got signed off flying for a work trip last week (when I was 10 weeks pg), but that was because I was having some unexplained bleeding, and after a mc at 12 weeks last time, my gynae didn't want me taking any chances.

mono3 Mon 07-Sep-09 16:56:28

I flew to Sydney from UK at about 11 weeks pregnant and only adverse affect was travel sick which I never normally get. Also struggled with jetlag worse than normal. Other than that all was well. I did wear flight socks and drank lots and plane food has never tasted so good as I was constantly hungry. Make sure you walk and move around lots. Have a good trip.

Min30 Mon 07-Sep-09 17:31:38

I have flown long flights (13 hours) early in both of my pregnancies. My dr advised flight socks and also told me to ask for a bulk head seat due to pregnancy which I did and they gave it to me. Of course if you're business class then you won't need to worry about room to movesmile

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