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Flying Sydney-Melbourne when 36 weeks pregnant
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#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.




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