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Flying in the 1st Tri... Words of encouragement? Horror stories?

  • poll: First trimester flying...
    I didn't do it. : (6 votes)
    16 %
    I did it, and it was totally fine. M/S no worse than usual : (27 votes)
    71 %
    I did it, and it was fine because I took/ate/drank ____ (tell me in comments) : (3 votes)
    8 %
    I did it, and it was hell. : (2 votes)
    5 %
  1. baby98765

    grape / 93 posts

    I had a 20 hour flight around week 7. Going there I was OK but the flight home was horrible. I didn't have enough to eat, and of my surrounding seatmates, one was hacking coughing and the other had the worst BO. I was dry heaving. My advice is to bring plenty to eat and drink, noise cancelling headphones and something pleasant smelling, like a lotion or something you can put on if odors get gross. I don't know how far you are traveling but if it's a long flight, also bring a blanket, pillow, cozy socks- whatever will make you more comfortable and help you sleep.

  2. Mrs. Lovejoy

    clementine / 972 posts

    Shoot, you guys are making me nervous about the full body scanners! I'm flying next week (which by then will be week 7) and I'm flying with my boss and a few co-workers who don't know I'm pregnant yet. We're all traveling together so I have no idea how I would slyly ask not to go through the scan machine without them thinking something was up...

  3. LazyLightning

    pear / 1664 posts

    @Baby Boy Mom: @baby98765: That's a GREAT idea about bringing something that smells nice!!

    My 6/7 week trip, I leave early in the morning both ways, and it's a 1 hour flight/2 hr flight/1 hr flight (2 connections).

    My 11/12 week trip, same. Early morning, but just one connection. 1 hr/3.5 hr.

    More worried about the first than the second trip; with my motion sickness I never do well in takeoff and landing. Music helps but they don't let you use it during those portions!

    @Mrs. Lovejoy: Could you just play it off like they make you nervous in general? A lot of people don't like to go through it, pregnant or not. You could say your family has a lot of cancer in family history and you're concerned about the impact this could have... or something.

  4. JessiBee

    kiwi / 733 posts

    There are a couple of different kinds of scanners out there; I've seen signs that say that at least some of them are safe for pregnant women. If you're not sure, you're always allowed to opt out. Then you get that lovely pat down, but I've convinced myself it makes the TSA employees more uncomfortable than it does me, so I've put up with it and even giggled: "Now I'm going to run my hand across the inside of your waist band. Sensitive area between your legs; I'm using the back of my hand..." etc. Awesome.

    I traveled a few times during my first trimester, and while I also was one of the lucky ones not to be sick, I would agree with the advice to bring snacks! Only you know what you like/tolerate, and you can't be sure you'll have much time on your connections to grab anything. (And you won't have your previous energy to run through the terminal!) And if you're traveling alone, pack a light carry-on and/or have a mental game plan for looking pathetic and getting help with the suitcase in and out of the overhead bin! I used to pride myself on doing it myself. Now I don't even try.

  5. Baby Boy Mom

    pomegranate / 3983 posts

    @Mrs. Lovejoy: I would absolutely NOT go through a full body scanner no matter what. Just say you opt out, and if a co-worker asks why say that we don't yet know the long term effects of the radiation and you rather not take any chances. You can just leave it at that. FWIW DH's radiology professor highly suggested not going through for that exact reason, and we travel enough that I would never take any unnecessary chances.

  6. LazyLightning

    pear / 1664 posts

    I'm back from my first set of flights!

    Between the B6, bonine, zofran, sea bands, lemon drops, and crackers, I only dry-heaved a couple of times. (Guy next to me kept turning directly in to my face and yawning open mouthed, uncovered mouth and he had awful breath. WTF. He was in the window seat. TURN TOWARD THE WINDOW!

    Anyway, thanks for all the advice!! Next flight at 11 weeks. Not looking forward to it. They are longer flights.

  7. winniebee

    hostess / wonderful grape / 20803 posts

    I flew at 9 weeks and then again at 11 weeks (cross-country). I never really had m/s though so it was fine. I was really tired, but I was always tired in the first tri anyways.


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