flying long distance while pregnant
eefs · 06/08/2003 15:05
I've am planning a work trip to the far east in about a months time. I've only just realised that I may not be allowed to fly because of my pregnacy. I will be about 27 weeks during this trip - does anyone know what the regulations are when flying long distance?
zebra · 06/08/2003 15:24
Rules vary by airlines; I think 28 weeks is a common cutoff point, but some go to 32 or 34 weeks without quibbles. Are you flying back as well?? You need to contact the airline, and perhaps fib about your dates..? You could get a letter from your doctor saying you're unlikely to give birth prematurely.
Watch out for deep vein thrombosis.
eefs · 06/08/2003 16:40
Thanks Zebra, I'll be flying back the following week, so will be 29 wks max, depending on the day I travel. Oh dear, I think I'd better ask my doc to fudge my due date.
bobthebaby · 06/08/2003 22:43
Hi, check out the airlines website, they may have put their policy on this online. You could ask your work to put you on a airline that will let you fly. From memory Qantas doesn't get too upset until 36 weeks and I'm sure some others don't too. Agree a letter from your doctor saying you are healthy could be a real help. One question I would ask your work is what happens insurance wise if you need treatment related to pregnancy while away. Your work may need to take out extra cover for you. Oh, and last thing, take a copy of your notes just in case you do need treatment. I certainly wouldn't lie about dates, because of the insurance.
wickedstepmother · 07/08/2003 11:02
Remember to do all the usual stuff - drink plenty of water and get up and have a walk up/down the aisle
eefs · 07/08/2003 12:08
bobthebaby - thanks, i hadn't thought of insurance. I've checked the website but it just says to contact them directly and as I don't have definate dates of travel yet I'll have to wait a while.
I will get a letter from my Doc - thanks for the suggestions.
Azure - but of course I'm flying business travelling with work is the only time I ever do - I love it - all those freebies, all that alcohol - I wonder if they'll let me bring some home seeing as I can't really drink at the moment.
WSM - what? and leave my comfy seat?? it will one of the few times I get to watch a movie uninterrupted, I can rotate my ankles in the huge space alloted to us business class fliers
Tissy · 07/08/2003 14:57
eefs, I'm sure you're joking about not leaving your seat, but it is really important to get up and walk about regularly, rotating your ankles just isn't enough! You could also get some of those really attractive compression stockings to wear, as well!
Lennie · 09/08/2003 17:59
Clarins lait joumbes loudes (so sorry for the spelling, but it's up in the bathroom). the blue cooling leg cream. fantastic and you can apply it over the lovely support tights.
eefs · 14/08/2003 13:34
thanks for your help all - I've contacted the airline and I can fly until 36 wks with a letter from my GP, yay. I was starting to get quite nervous about it.
morocco · 14/08/2003 21:03
who are you flying with eefs? just curious as I'd like to fly back to UK at 36 weeks and thought I'd have to forge a note from the docs but maybe not . . .
li01 · 19/01/2009 19:58
just while you're talking about flying..in addition to the usual about wearing stockings, moving and drinking water... .a bit of a cautionary tale...I flew US -> London last week with quite badly blocked sinuses from a cold, thinking i'd just swallow to clear my ears as usual...DON'T DO IT!! burst my eardrum on the way in to land and now taking antibiotics... feeling very stupid as the docs said i shouldn't have been flying when i wasn't 100%. I've never had this problem (sinuses or eardrums!) before and am usually a great traveller so just worth thinking about how you feel when you're pregnant and factoring that into decision about trips.
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