Jump to content

Flying Sydney-Melbourne when 36 weeks pregnant
Would you?


  • Please log in to reply
54 replies to this topic

#1 Libster

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:34 PM

My best friend got engaged in December and has just called me to tell me that she will be getting married on the 28th March in Melbourne (her fiancé is from Melbourne). I will be 36 weeks and 6 days pregnant on the 28th, would you fly that late in your pregnancy? I'll be talking to my OB when I see him on Tuesday.

I'm torn.. I will be so upset if I miss the wedding but even now at 30 weeks, I don't like being too far from home as my hospital is 5 minutes down the road.

#2 ~kacee~

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:34 PM

I don't think you'll have a choice - I doubt any airlines would let you??

Edit to add: thats tough timing! It'd be sad to miss it.

Edited by ~kacee~, 08 February 2013 - 09:36 PM.


#3 Just Another Cat

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:36 PM

No I wouldn't. It's really not safe.

#4 Libster

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:37 PM

For flights less than 4 hours in duration, I am allowed to fly up to my 40th week. Well, according to Jetstar and Qantas.

#5 MrsNorthman

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:38 PM

you're allowed to fly with your doctors permission at that stage of pregnancy.  I don't know if I cbf though...

#6 Fossy

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:40 PM

I would, I'd just get a letter from your ob stating you're ok to fly.  If anything goes wrong there are plenty of good hospitals in Melbourne.  Enjoy.

#7 MrsNorthman

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:41 PM

QUOTE (BlackKitteh @ 08/02/2013, 10:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No I wouldn't. It's really not safe.


what's not safe about it?  unsure.gif

#8 mysonsmum

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:43 PM

If it means a lot to you I'm sure it would be fine, so long as you don't mind the chance of giving birth down there because you'd be so close to being full term. I was going to fly to NZ from sydney for my brothers 21st when I was 35.5 weeks & come back at 36.4 weeks & I asked my midwife why some people claim it is dangerous & she said sometime the altitude can cause your waters to break which might be awkward. In the end I decided not to go as I started having problems with excess amniotic fluid & swelling & I didn't want to make it any worse by standing at the airport for hours otherwise I would have happily gone.

Edited by asha9, 08 February 2013 - 09:44 PM.


#9 fun_fairz

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:43 PM

No problem flying domestic if a straight forward pregnancy. If you want to go then I would do it. If you don't then being pregnant is a good excuse.

#10 SeaPrincess

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:44 PM

QUOTE (~kacee~ @ 08/02/2013, 07:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't think you'll have a choice - I doubt any airlines would let you??

Domestic airlines won't be bothered.  I used to live in a town with no hospital - expectant mothers flew up to 39 weeks.

OP, I would book a fully flexible ticket, just in case you can't go for some reason.  Then you can go. Soon as possible after the wedding.  For me, with 2 of my pregnancies, that wouldn't have been a problem.  The other one was born at 36w5d and I'd been in hospital for a week.

#11 ~kacee~

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:46 PM

Well, I've learned something wink.gif

#12 April girl

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:48 PM

QUOTE (fun_fairz @ 08/02/2013, 10:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No problem flying domestic if a straight forward pregnancy. If you want to go then I would do it. If you don't then being pregnant is a good excuse.


Agreed. But if you don't feel like it I'm sure your friend will understand.

#13 Libster

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:49 PM

QUOTE (SeaPrincess @ 08/02/2013, 10:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Domestic airlines won't be bothered.  I used to live in a town with no hospital - expectant mothers flew up to 39 weeks.

OP, I would book a fully flexible ticket, just in case you can't go for some reason.  Then you can go. Soon as possible after the wedding.  For me, with 2 of my pregnancies, that wouldn't have been a problem.  The other one was born at 36w5d and I'd been in hospital for a week.


Thank you, that's a good idea to book a flexible ticket. My bestie and her family are flying down on the 27th, I might fly with them & then fly out on the 28th in the afternon as the wedding is at 11am.

#14 Libster

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:52 PM

QUOTE (April girl @ 08/02/2013, 10:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Agreed. But if you don't feel like it I'm sure your friend will understand.

Oh yeah she'd totally understand, I'd be way more upset than her if I can't go, I love her to death biggrin.gif

#15 KayDan0707

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:57 PM

I flew Sydney to Adelaide @ 36 weeks for my brother's wedding.  It didn't cross my mind not to go, my OB was happy for me to go & gave me a letter for the airline.  I seriously don't think anyone at Qantas even noticed I was pregnant...not one enquiry about my pregnancy or how far along I was!

#16 LenaK

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:58 PM

I flew to Sydney to Melbourne at 35 weeks.  I got clearance from my OB and purchased fully flexible flights.  The flight attendants were fantastic, as were fellow passangers and I had a really great trip.



#17 frizzle

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:04 PM

I am exactly that far along today. There's no way I could be bothered flying anywhere. I am having lots of Braxton hicks and that yucky stabbing pain in the cervix. Plus I have the mother of all headaches (everyone break out the violins lol). Check the web sites but I thought you could do small flights under 4  hours up until a certain point.



#18 jayskette

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:07 PM

Do what I did and ask the bride to set up computers with Skype to sit in front row seats - they are still honoured guests biggrin.gif

#19 Libster

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:10 PM

QUOTE (jayskette @ 08/02/2013, 11:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do what I did and ask the bride to set up computers with Skype to sit in front row seats - they are still honoured guests biggrin.gif

LOL she did suggest that as a last resort! biggrin.gif

#20 Fillyjonk

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:11 PM

I flew back from a holiday in NZ at 36+4 so yes, I would do it. I needed a fit for travel certificate signed by my doctor but had a hard time at the airport finding someone to actually give it to.

#21 IsolaBella

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:20 PM

No I would not, but then again I had my kids at 37w 5d and 36w 3d.


#22 ekbaby

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

Yes I absolutely would. Most airlines will take you for a short domestic flight at that gestation. Would you get in the car and drive for 1.5-2 hours somewhere?

If it's your first baby, and everything is going well with the pregnancy/no complications, the chances of the baby coming before 37 weeks are pretty low (of course not impossible, but a premmie baby could come at any time), and even if you did go into labour, there is usually a longish warm up period the first time (again, I know there will be people whose experience contradicts this, but it's far more common to go to over 40 weeks and to have a long prelabour than it is to suddenly go into fast and furious labour midflight at 36 weeks!)

How would you feel if you missed the wedding, and were sitting at home twiddling your thumbs until 42 weeks?

(that's not meant to be a sarcastic question- if it was something I didn't really care about, I might be quite happy to miss it anyway due to feeling tired etc. But if I had stopped doing things at 36 weeks x 2 pregnancies, I would have missed out on 10 weeks of fun stuff!)

#23 Justaduck

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:52 PM

I wouldn't be so concerned if DP was going to be with me & was expecting a vaginal birth...but seeing as I have had (and would have to have subsequent) c-sec I would rather the comfort of my own Obstetrician and not risk it.

Love the Skype idea!

#24 Libster

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:52 PM

I have had twins previously, they were born at 37 weeks 4 days. So, going on my last pregnancy, hopefully I will go into labour after that.
Hm I'm leaning towards going.. I think!

#25 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 09 February 2013 - 12:27 AM

The only thing that would worry me is getting stuck down there, either with the baby maybe in special care, or having some sort of complication and then not being permitted to fly back.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

How I learnt to relax about routines

After many routine-led, tough years, we've realised that being parenting isn't about being perfect. It isn't about following a schedule to a T.

Should you have a third child or not?

I thought our family had been complete with our two boys. I had no idea how much I needed my daughter until she was here.

Helping a toddler embrace an adopted sibling

A single parent by choice, I am preparing to adopt a second baby from Morocco. And I face a special challenge.

When pregnancy messes with your self-esteem

Pregnancy doesn't make all women feel beautiful. It certainly doesn't raise every woman's self-esteem.

Join us in The BIG nappy change

Introducing the new Coles Little Explorer Nappies! You can confidently rely on Coles Little Explorer nappies at each stage of your child's growth, so take the Big Nappy Change and try new Coles Little Explorer nappies for yourself!

Robbie Williams live tweets wife's labour

And the award for most patient woman in labour goes to ... Robbie Williams' wife, Ayda Field.

Vaccine ignorance is deadly and contagious

In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral.

Parenting differently based on birth order

All children have unique personalities, but keeping birth order in mind could help when parenting.

How to get rid of the mum guilt

Motherhood and guilt seem to go hand in hand, but there are ways to focus

Paid parental leave scheme grinds to a halt

The future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme appears to be up in the air, despite the fact it is due to begin in less than nine months.

The devastation of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders

No one's sure how many Australians are affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, but the consequences for those who are can be devastating.

The pros and cons of finding out the sex of your unborn baby

It’s often one of the biggest choices parents make during the course of their pregnancy; to find out, or not to find out, the sex of their baby before it’s born.

Toddler's awesome dress up month

Two-year-old Willow and her photographer mum, Gina Lee, made October "Dress Up Willow Month". She posted photos of Willow's costumes on her Instagram account, and her creative takes on popular culture are simply adorable.

Childhood around the world

It can be easy to assume our ideas around childhood are universal, but they are particular to where we live, as these practices show.

Best picks for baby and toddler shoes

Here's a great selection of footwear from pre-walker to walker ensuring comfort and style for growing feet.

I lost my wife and daughters to Ebola - then it came for my son

Sunday, September 21, is a day I will never forget.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss. It involves toilet talk, and probably caused my miscarriage. But it needs to be talked about.

Prenatal testing: the facts

Prenatal testing is done to check if a baby has certain medical conditions before birth. Here is some important information about what the tests are for and the risks involved.

5 things to do with your baby?s old clothes

Did you think your only option for your baby?s old clothes was to pack them away or give them to the Salvos? Think again.

Why it's possible to not realise you're pregnant until the baby arrives

After hearing about 'surprise babies' born to mums who didn't know they were pregnant, it's common to ask "how did she not realise?" But experts say it's entirely possible for it to happen.

'My miracle is finally here'

How has the world continued on its pace when mine has been altered so drastically?

Dairy can help older women fall pregnant: study

Ice cream may be the ultimate comfort food, but a study suggests it could also help older women to have children.

Megan Gale goes topless for 'sexiest people' cover

Six months after a heavily pregnant Megan Gale posed nude for Marie Claire, the glowing new mum has gone topless for the cover of another magazine.

A new perspective on life from living with two diseases

A mother shares her personal story about the difficulty of living with two conditions, one of which stops her from being able to see her daughter's face.

Warning about Children's Panadol dosage

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued a safety advisory warning parents about confusion when using the dosing syringe supplied with Children's Panadol.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Take 'The Coles Big Nappy Change' Challenge

You could become part of our Test Drive team and win one of 200 packs of Coles Little Explorer Nappies as part of our 5-day challenge.

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Join us in The BIG nappy change

Introducing the new Coles Little Explorer Nappies! You can confidently rely on Coles Little Explorer nappies at each stage of your child's growth, so take the Big Nappy Change and try new Coles Little Explorer nappies for yourself!

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

Weird trend

Couple has five babies in 14 months

Julie and David Grygla weren't sure they'd ever have kids - but their dreams have now well and truly come true.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.