R.R. asks from Ann Arbor, MI on March 18, 2008
Flying in Third Trimester
I am wondering if anyone has an experience with flying in the third trimester. My sister died yesterday and I can't imagine not going to her funeral to be with my family. I am 35 weeks now, I might be 36 weeks on the return flight. I have heard airlines won't allow you to fly after 36 weeks even with a doctor's note? My pregnancy is going fine and there are no complications.
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Thank you everyone for your responses, it was great to get some common sense perspective. My doctor ok'd my flying, he just said to drink lots of water to prevent dehydration and walk around at least once an hour to prevent blood clots. I laughed because if I am drinking water, I am gonna be walking to the bathroom often. My doctor said there is no specific concern with pressure, or anything like that, it is mostly that they don't want you to go into labor on the plane or in another state. Of course, travel adds some stress that is best avoided if possible.
The airline didn't care, didn't want to see a letter or anything (I flew on Delta). I had reserved window seats because I usually like to have my own little corner, but I found out that sitting in one position was uncomfortable because the baby is right up against my legs. So, I asked other passengers to switch with me on both flights to an aisle seat so I could shift around and also get up and walk around without making anyone move.
The other decision I had to make was about my 18 month old. I left her and my husband home and went to the funeral by myself. I am really glad I did. I stayed with my other sister and we went through a hard 3 days together. My 18 month old was acting out for two days or so when I got home (we had never been apart that long) but she is back to normal now.
J.N. answers from Kalamazoo on March 19, 2008
My daughter in law flew in her third trimester and she was pregnant with twins. She got along just fine.
M.Z. answers from Detroit on March 19, 2008
I flew to the Netherlands for Christmas for a couple of weeks when my second was due mid Feb.. It was smooth and easy. My opinion was they have doctors where ever you are going. Good luck.
H.K. answers from Benton Harbor on March 18, 2008
So sorry to hear about your loss, my heart goes out to you. I flew in my 8th month. I was smaller and the airline wasn't the wiser. However I was healthy and felt great and had no reason to be worried about early delivery. Best of luck making the correct decision for your situation.
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J.K. answers from Detroit on March 19, 2008
I flew from Colorado home to Indiana at 36 weeks and didn't have a problem. I think that "airlines don't let you fly" thing may be an old wives' tale. I'd still get a doctor's note to be safe. My condolences on your loss.
B.K. answers from Detroit on March 19, 2008
I'm sorry about your sister, you should definately go. I flew when I was about 33 weeks along with no problems, actually everyone on the plane was extremely corteous and attentive to me. Check online about the airlines policies, I think after 36 weeks you need a note from the dr. Just make sure while your on the plane you get up if it's a long flight and walk around!
T.J. answers from Detroit on March 19, 2008
So sorry to hear about your loss. Ultimately this is going to be a decision made by you and your physician. I would assume it is going to depend on your history and what level your "risk factor" is. If your not considered high risk and everything is going well and he/she believes you are going to be delivering past the 36 week mark than you should be cleared to fly. Just take precautions and find a hospital near by in case of emergency. Follow your heart, you know your body and how it feels. You will know if something is going wrong. Be careful and good luck!
L.P. answers from Detroit on March 19, 2008
First of all, my prayers and sympathy goes out to you and your family. I had a sister who was in 3rd trimester and no problem. I would call your doctor to see what he says. how long of a flight is it? Maybe that will determine whether or not you should go and the amount of stress you may have from the loss of your sister. You need to take care of you and your baby. Just be careful if you go. let us know how everything works out for you. .
K.S. answers from Detroit on March 19, 2008
I am so sorry sweetheart !
If your Dr . is willing to let you go , then I would go and be with your family.
Take along an Emergency delivery kit-A package of new shoelaces to tie off the cord (do not cut it ) A pillow case and receiving blankets and a diaper and little hat.
The hat and blankets will keep baby warm and the pillow case will keep the baby wrapped in the blanket and contain the placenta. Don't forget a sanitary pad and a way to hold it next to you .
The kit would get you through an emergency delivery and the little while it would take to get to the hospital. It is a very few things, and shouldn't take up much room in your carry on bag .
Again I am so sorry for your loss ! I think that if you are healthy you should make the trip there just fine---Lovingly , K.
W.B. answers from Detroit on March 19, 2008
I flew while third trimester with twins, and everything was fine. BUT -- ask your OB prior to booking the flight. Better safe than sorry.
S.J. answers from Detroit on March 19, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss and to know that you are going through this during your final trimester.. You poor thing!
I would contact your doctor explain the situation.. Take in to consideration what he has to say but also know that this is your sister's funeral and you really will regret not going (trust me) regardless of the circumstances. If you have had a stable pregnancy this entire time then go be with your family and everything should work out. I will send a prayer out for you and your family.. God bless