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08/10/2013 at 11:20
Thinking ahead to when I'm lucky enough to get my BFP! Did you / would you fly within the first 12 weeks? I travel a lot in my job, and I'll be honest and say that when I'm lucky enough to have my BFP I want to wrap myself in cotton wool (yes I know, you can only do that so much, but I don't want to look back and think 'what if', if anything were to happen). I've read mixed feedback on whether it is or isn't safe to fly. What is general consensus? Would you have done it, for business?
08/10/2013 at 11:22
Im really funny about flying at the best of times and would ideally avoid it. Not sure the risks, but i get myself into a right state and thats me not pregnant, so god only knows how i would feel if i was. Sorry thats not really helped you has it.
08/10/2013 at 11:27
Vikster - I'm well adapted to it now! Without being pessimist though, I do think what if anything happens when I'm away on business - away from H, my support network, etc. Then I also think about whether it is even safe (or potentially risky) to fly during that stage. If there is even a 1% risk to it then I would not do it.
08/10/2013 at 11:30
I flew at 5-6 weeks.. I was struggling with morning sickness so it was less than ideal, but needs must..
08/10/2013 at 11:32
I had at least 2 trips abroad in the first tri, there's nothing unsafe about flying when pg - just make sure you get an aisle seat to make it easier for trips to the loo, or to stand and stretch your legs.
08/10/2013 at 11:55
I flew to morocco with my first at 7 weeks. Spoke to the doc before I went and decided to go for it. That was a holiday with H though so had my support there if needed. Only ever flew in 2nd tri with work, but think I probably would have gone in 1st tri if needed.
08/10/2013 at 12:00
Thanks all. I guess because I'm struggling to conceive I'm just resenting having to put myself at any risks what so ever when it happens, if that makes sense. Helpful to know though that it clearly isn't a risk! *Shoots google down for misleading me*
08/10/2013 at 12:11
I am going to be a big fat pessimist. I won't be flying if we're lucky enough to get pregnant again. Not because I am worried that flying the last times did anything , as I'm sure it didn't- but because I will be an emotional irrational mess.
That is probably not a very helpful answer!
08/10/2013 at 12:13
Imp, it is. And very understandable.
08/10/2013 at 12:25
I would fly if I had somewhere to fly to :)
08/10/2013 at 12:51
I did a 12 hour flight and whilst I would do it again, I probably wouldn't do 12 hours. So long as you drink lots of water, eat regularly, stretch your legs and wear flight socks I think it would be ok. I wouldn't do 12 hours again as it was so uncomfortable.
08/10/2013 at 12:55
I'm booking a flight to Australia tomorrow - and unless there is a medical reason why i cant fly, i will still go if i am pregnant.
Aslong as you follow the guidelines etc then you will be fine.
08/10/2013 at 13:20
Yes I would and I did. I am long haul cabin crew. My employer grounds us as soon as we tell them we are pregnant but this is for the welfare and health & safety side of things with moving heavy carts etc rather than any risk inherrent to flying. The CAA allows crew to fly up to 16 weeks of pregnancy.
There is exposure to radiation when you fly. We are monitored dependent on the routes we operate and how many flights etc. The crew that solely fly from the UK to Tokyo sometimes have to have a couple of weeks off work because they are at the lowest lowest point of triggering that they may have reached a very low level of radiation. These are people who are doing this trip 6 times a month, 11 months of the year.
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