Is It Ok To Fly When You Re 35 Weeks Pregnant

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Pregnant and wanting to fly - November 10

On a spur of the moment decision I purchased some non-refundable tickets to fly from Florida to North Carolina (with a pit stop in Georgia - it's not even a direct flight!). At the time of the purchase I didn't realize that at the time of the flight I would be 34 (going on 35) weeks pregnant! Now I'm afraid of going on the flight. But my husband & I really, really want to go on this trip. What do you guys suggest? What do you think could be the risks of flying so far along in your pregnancy? The airline has no policy regarding this, so that won't be a problem. And please, don't suggest to me that I ask my doctor, because I did already but he said he would not recommend it. However, a few weeks ago a co-worker of mine, who is also pregnant asked him the same question (she was flying from Florida to Indiana) and he was totally up for it! He even told her that the baby would not notice if she was in a plane or a submarine! I think what he's afraid of with me is that the flight can trigger an early labor. What's a pregnant girl to do!!! Please help!

 

ker - November 10

Check with your doctor first, he may want you to locate a doctor in your destination area just in case you go into early labor or something since you only have a month left of pregnancy, also you should've checked with the airline before you purchased the ticket b/c some airlines have a policy not to let pregnant women fly after so many months, it's different for different airlines. As far as safety though, it is not unsafe for the baby or you to fly, there is just the risk of going into early labor, but your flight seems rather short so I wouldn't say that'd be a big concern either. Good Luck, I am almost 14 weeks pg now and am taking an 8 hour flight when I will be 20 weeks, so I've already looked into all of it.

 

julie - November 10

No way, and I doubt the airline has no policy against it. They all do. My husband is a pilot. What airline is it? The air pressure could definately send you into early labor.

 

Pregnant and wanting to fly - November 10

I thinks it's a small arline. It's called AirTran. I called & explained to them the situation thinking that maybe I could get my money back but they wouldn't budge. So I told them that I'd go on the trip anyway but that if something happened they would be liable and the guy I spoke to, which by the way was a supervisor, said that was OK. So I asked him what the airline's policy was in regards to letting pregnant women fly & he said they didn't have one. He said that as far as the doctor said it was OK then they didn't care. So I told him that the doctor actually said he did not recommend it and then he proceded to ask if I wanted to leave everything "as is" or go ahead & postpone the date. He said everything was entirely up to me. So my husband was like, "Honey, if they're giving you so much trouble to refund our money then let's just go". By the way, so far I've had a great pregnancy, no complications whatsoever, no spotting, not even that mucus thing pregnant women get. And I've always hear that it's safe to fly up until your 36th week. I just want to make sure that this is not something that's going to harm or upset my little one. That's all. And what do you mean by "No way!?"

 

jb - November 10

I wouldnt risk it. Especially if your doctor said he didnt recommend it. And especially if he is worried about you going into early labor. What if you go into labor in North Carolina. That would suck, you would be in an unfamiliar hospital with a doctor that is not your own and away from your family. Personally I wouldnt chance it. Could you sell the tickets to someone else, since you cant refund them?

 

Allie - November 10

What city are you flying out of and what city are you flying to?

 

Pregnant and wanting to fly - November 10

From Florida to NC w/a pit stop @Georgia.

 

Allie - November 10

Also, is this trip for business or pleasure? Is it something you can easily avoid and not have it affect you?

 

Pregnant and wanting to fly - November 10

It's a short flight. It's for pleasure.

 

I Wouldn't - November 10

Why would you go against your doctors orders? The friend of yours may have a totally different situation in her pregnancy than you. How far along is she? The trip from Florida is only about an 8 hour drive to N.C., and you wouldn't have to make a pit stop until you're ready. What would be so imortant that you'd have to risk early labor? It could give you and your husband time together before the baby comes, to go on a driving trip. Or you could just get the ants out of your pants, and stay home and prepare for the baby. Either way, if I were that close I wouldn't plan to make a trip anywhere. And you never buy something that you can't return, such as your tickets. Especially this close to your baby being born.

 

Pregnant and wanting to fly - November 10

I know. I was so stupid! The problem is that I purchased insurance for it, and I figured if the doctor said no then they would reimburse me for it. But the c___ppy insurance company said they did not cover an uncomplicated pregnancy. It was over $600! True, we could drive. But don't you think that sitting down for so long is even worse than flying, especially for a pregnant woman's circulation?

 

Allie - November 10

Yeah, you already mentioned the states but not the cities....If it's Miami to Raleigh, it's a long drive. If it's from Jacksonville, maybe you can drive rather than fly?

 

Pregnant and wanting to fly - November 10

It's actually from Fort Myers to Charlotte.

 

AMY - November 10

ASK YOUR DR!!

 

ker - November 10

You're looking at a plane flight that is like 2 maybe 3 hours long, I say you have nothing to worry about, go ahead and have a good time. I would locate a dr in GA and NC just in case early labor did happen though, because you never know then you have your bases covered. If you did happen to go into labor on the plane all you'd have to do is tell them and they'd help you sort something out, it's not likely your baby would just plop out in less than a couple of hours anyway.

 

julie - November 10

I mean no way should you fly. You can get a note from your dr. and get a refund. I just did the same thing for a trip to india we had planned before i knew i was pregnant. I cannot go because I cannot take the malaria medication. They have to refund your money if you cannot fly due to health issues. Which this would be, get a note from your dr. and get a refund.

 

Pregnant and wanting to fly - November 10

No, they don't have to. Because they said the only way that they would is if the doctor told me that I couldn't fly for a whole year. Which of course, he didn't. And since they are willing to give me acredit that is good to use within a year they don't have to refund anything.

 

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