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Old Aug 24th, 2011, 04:01 AM   1
Petey
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Flying & Radiation Risk in first trimester?


Hi Ladies, I am about 5 1/2 weeks pregnant today and have three big trips coming up in the next month and a half. In total I will be in a plane for about 50 hours.. Long haul flight between Hong Kong and San Fran, then shorter trips but there are many of them close together. Most of them are for work but I haven't told work yet that I am pregnant as it is so early. I have been reading a ton about the radiation exposure at higher altitudes and the increased risk of miscarriage especially on longer flights. Anyone have any words from their doctor on this topic? Or any flight attendants out there who know what the safe number of hours are? I see my doctor next week but wanted to see if anyone else had already been through this issue? Thanks!



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Old Aug 24th, 2011, 04:12 AM   2
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Ive read quite a bit that says its fine to fly, I hope so as in a few weeks im flying to Austrailia!



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Old Aug 24th, 2011, 05:07 AM   3
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I'm going new Zealand to Frankfurt next week! Midwife said it's fine just got to make sure you move as much as possible to keep your blood pumping, I have also brought compression socks to stop my legs ballooning.



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Old Aug 24th, 2011, 07:40 AM   4
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I have a trip to Egypt next week and a trip to new York in December. Last time I went to Egypt I had a mc at the airport on my return trip which was horrendous. I'm sure it wasn't related to the flight but rather the very heavy suitcase I was lifting and carrying. So if anything make sure you don't do that if you are travelling alone.



 
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Old Aug 24th, 2011, 07:45 AM   5
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I am 11+1 and will be flying tomorrow. My doctor and nurse said its completely safe.



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Old Aug 24th, 2011, 07:53 AM   6
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I flew at between 5 & 6. Baby seems just fine so far!



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Old Aug 24th, 2011, 07:54 AM   7
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I'm sure it's ok but I wouldn't recommend it.
I flew to Egypt a few weeks ago and had massive bleeding on the plane, which was just frikkin awful.
I'm sure it wasn't related to the flying but it was just a horrible experience.
Not to mention the sickness in the plane.
I threw up twice in the airport. Once on the way there and once on the way back.



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Old Aug 24th, 2011, 21:37 PM   8
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Thanks Ladies for the advice! I am sort of thinking of just going with it, but will ask my dr. next week as well. Thanks again!



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Old Aug 24th, 2011, 21:56 PM   9
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i was 10 weeks, and flew from Australia to home (MI) 24 hours on a plane. All was well! I did wear the support socks and you should drink lots of fluid. Should be fine!

I'm hoping to fly when I"m 36 weeks. hehe. We will see if Dr. goes for that!!!



 
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Old Aug 24th, 2011, 22:00 PM   10
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I have been flying with no issues to speak of yet. However the potty was a problem. I swear on a 6 hour flight the attendants did service for about 4 of those hours and I was in the front with no access to the facilities. Since that first flight, I switched all of my flights to business or first (depending on what the airline calls it. Absolutely no issues and the extra meals and snacks do not hurt Also make sure to skip the body scan in the US. If you are one of the lucky ones to be selected- ask for a pat down, it really is not as bad as people make it out to be. I have been searched harder for concerts. GL!! BTW my doc and my doc husband both told me it was completely fine, just to make sure to get up and walk as much as possible, and to stay hydrated. I would recommend support hose, you do not want a DVT. And be very careful not to "lift" your own luggage. Happy and safe travels to you!!!



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