Anonymous asked in Pregnancy & ParentingPregnancy · 1 decade ago

My wife is pregnant and 7month along. can she fly from china through new Texas which is almost 20 hours flight

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  • 1 decade ago
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    There are some restrictions as to just who should and should not travel the skies when they are pregnant. Generally, women who are having a healthy, normal pregnancy are free to come and go as they please. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends women don’t fly after their 36th week of pregnancy.

    Airlines have their own flight restrictions for pregnant women, which can vary according to whether you are flying domestically or internationally and which airline you will be flying. Some airlines won’t allow you to travel for 30 days before your due date, while others won’t let you on board if your due date is less than seven days away. Be sure to ask the ticket agent when you book your ticket just what their restrictions are since they probably won’t mention it otherwise. And don’t forget to consider how close your due date will be when you come back.

    Women who are having any sort of complications associated with their pregnancy or who are considered to be ‘high risk’ should not travel. This includes women with poorly controlled diabetes, sickle cell disease, placental abnormalities, hypertension or those at risk for premature labor.

    Whether you are in your first trimester or third trimester, it is always a good idea to discuss your travel plans with your health care provider before you leave. It may also be a good idea to obtain a doctor’s note saying that it is okay for you to travel, especially if you are in your third trimester. Not every airline requires a doctor’s note to let you on the plane, but sometimes it’s easier to take the extra precaution in order to avoid any possible hassles when you board.

    Many women report that their second trimester is when they feel the most comfortable. However, there are still some issues you need to be concerned about; namely your circulation.

    Pregnancy can cause circulation problems in any women. It is also well known that when you are flying, you have an increased chance of developing a blood clot. Put the two together and there could be some problems. Pregnant or not, here are some tips to help keep your blood flowing:

    * Wear comfortable, loose clothing

    * Invest in some compression stockings; these will help keep

    the blood moving from your ankles to your heart and lungs

    * Avoid crossing your legs

    * Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated

    One of the most helpful things that you can do to keep your blood flowing is to move around. Go for a walk in the aisle every hour. Every half hour, flex your feet, rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes. These are simple little stretches you can do right in your seat without bothering the person next to you. And if there is no one next to you, then put your feet up and enjoy the extra space!

  • 1 decade ago

    No. International air travel puts the average passenger at risk for deep-vein thrombosis (a condition where blood clots can form in the legs and travel to the heart); a pregnant woman, with half again as much blood volume, would be at a greater risk for this condition, putting both her life and the life of her child in jeopardy. Airlines won't let her fly both for this reason and for insurance purposes.

    By the way, where is New Texas? Is it by Old Texas? I knew they'd take over Oklahoma someday...

  • 1 decade ago

    She can fly only if:

    Uncomplicated pregnancy (check with her doctor)

    Pregnancy less than 36 week old

    She should move around the cabin every 1-2 hours to avoid getting clots in her legs which can be dangerous. Ask the doctor in China if she need special injection to thin blood during the plane trip.

  • 1 decade ago

    I would not reccomend it. She needs to keep from sitting that long or esles she could get blood clots in her legs. If she were to break it up and have layovers (which you cant do over the ocean) it would be better. But she should check with her dr. I flew at 7 and a hlaf months and I was fine. The baby didnt seem to like it too much tho. She wiggled alot more than normal. But if the dr. ok's it then go for it! Congrats

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  • 1 decade ago

    She should call and ask the doctor. I don't know if she may have other medical issues. My doctor said traveling is ok until the last month, then I am to stay within 1 hour of the hospital. However, I get kinda sick on airplanes anyway, so I have no desire to get on one while pregnant. Don't wanna puke on the flight attendant!

  • 1 decade ago

    She should be able to and they will let her fly in her 3rd trimester. I flew when I was 7 months and my mother in law flew when she was 9 months.

  • Barbra
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    That's a question you need to ask her doctor. You wouldn't want to take a chance on loosing the baby?

  • 1 decade ago

    You'll have to ask your midwife or OBGYN for a doctors note ok-ing her to travel in her third trimester. Sorry!

  • 1 decade ago

    Shouldn't be a problem... she might wanna sit near the bathroom though-- cuz I think I had to pee every 30 mins the last trimester... If you are worried, ask her doctor what he thinks.

  • 1 decade ago

    You should check the airline regulations (yes they have them) and also with the doctor.

    I don't think anyone here should/could tell you that.

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