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I know its not recommended. I have just rung the clinic to confirm. Ordinarily I wouldnt consider it for this pregnancy... but my Gran is very very ill in hospital and they think less than a week to live. My gran lives in Aus.

I want to fly out there and be with her and my family.

I am 6 weeks Thursday.

Has anyone else flown longhaul before 12 weeks and had no probs on IVF?

I am considering just going anyway. :'(

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Prue, I'm afraid I can't answer your question but want to say that I'm really sorry to hear about your Gran. I wouldn't want to be in your position. You probably know that in normal pregnancies, it's usually ok to fly up to 5 months and I know both friends and family who have. But as you said, both the last clinic I was at and ARGC has strongly advised against it, probably for a good reason. Let's see what the other ladies have to say.
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Hi Prue,

I hope you are ok? So sorry to hear about your Gran :(

I guess no matter what anyone says there is only you who can decide. You personally told me in no uncertain terms to never fly when pregnant in the first 12 weeks because of what had happened to you in the past, however in circumstances like these you have to do what you feel you can live with and is best for you.

How would you feel if something happened to your Gran and you didn't see her? Could you be a peace with that? Also how would you feel if you went and then god forbid something happened? Could you get over that? There will never be a right or indeed good answer to your situation - it sucks :( You will have to wrestle with yourself and only you can decide what is the best for your own mind. Nothing anyone will tell you will be 100% right or make this awful situation better.

I am sorry you are having to make this choice at what should be a special happy time and I wish you and your Gran all the very best.

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Hi Prue

What a dreadful dilema, i really do feel for you.  Prior to argc, we were seeing a specialist for recurrent miscarriage, and talked to him about the flying issue quite a bit.  As you know, it's not ideal - but there is no research proving it's detrimental.  The advice he gave me when i talked about flying on a specific occasion, was to make sure i was happy with the medical care at the other end - if anything does happen whilst you're away, you need to be assured of the best care. 

If you do decide to go, make sure you drink lots and keep well hydrated, try to rest/sleep as much as you can, and remember to walk around to keep your blood circulating as much as you can.  When i flew to NZ a few years ago, we had a stopover in Tokyo (mad route, but it worked out v well!), and booked a day hotel room at one of the airport hotels - it was a fantastic thing to do, as it meant we could lie flat, sleep and have a shower before getting back on the plane.  Depending on your schedule/route etc, it might be worth looking into something similar - it cost £30 or something ludicous! 

Good luck with your decisions - and if you go, i hope you manage to get there to say goodbye.  What a terribly sad time for you. 

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Firsty ^hugme^ for you and your family

You can use the search box on the top right of your page... it will bring up LOADS of pages of people asking the same question on the website
I have done just that ( :eek: LOADS of posts ^idiot^ ;D ) and a quick read thro shows that it is down to personal feelings and barring any medical reasons for not flying it seems ok. I have pasted a few threads that seem more relevant to early pregnancy and flying ;)

http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=25702.msg298848#msg298848

http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=179026.msg2838279#msg2838279
 

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Thank you all.

With my other pregnancies I have flown. With 3 of them I flew to Aus with another to Thailand. Shorthaul most definately- all before 12 weeks. But then I MC 3/4 pregnancies.

I always wondered whether the flying impacted it and this time I said I wouldnt (how easy for me to say before Tracey!!). I wouldnt fly for work but I really want to see my Gran and be there for my mum.

I am going to chat with my sister. Chances are I wont make it back in time anyway and it may be better to go later.... just dont know.

thanks!x
 

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SCP- I got pregnant on my honeymoon and flew back from South Africa (about 10-12 hour flight) at 5 weeks completely unaware I was pregnant therefore taking no precautions whatsoever. My m/c was much later at 20 weeks due to something completely different. I hope you are able to make a decision you are happy with. I'm sure you're gran knows you love her whether you are there or not and wouldn't want you to put her great grandchild under any unnecessary risk. I missed my own Granny's last day as she died on our wedding day, but I know she is somewhere understanding why I wasn't there.

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Hi scp and so sorry that you find yourself in this situation ^hugme^ ^hugme^ ^hugme^ ^hugme^
I get the caution around flying but if if it were really detrimental what about everyone having tx in the US/Caribbean/South Africa and then flying back to the UK afterwards?

I know I'm not the best example cos of what happened further down the line but I had tx in Barbados and flew back to France about 11DPT. Ok I had a m/c but it had nothing to do with the flight... I know others who had tx at the same clinic, flew back to the UK and have their babies now....

Do what you feel comfortable with hon the most important thing is that you stay calm and healthy for bubs. If going there and supporting your mum and hopefully getting to see your Gran is what makes you feel best then go for it... However, if the fear of something going wrong with the pregnancy is too great and is stressing you out then maybe it would be better to wait...  ???

Such a tough decision  :-\ ^hugme^ ^hugme^ ^hugme^

Good luck whatever you decide  ^reiki^ ^reiki^ ^reiki^

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Scp. So sorry to hear your sad news. I hadn't heard about the not flying thing before. I have a weekend in Belfast booked for next weekend and am worried I will be frowned upon for going. I'm wondering how Irish ladies get treatment in London if they don't fly??

The advice seems so varied. Is it just a mr t thing? Xx
 

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Squiffy - Mr T is happy with short flights after 4-5 days so there is no problem with Belfast. Girls I cycled with from Ireland  got the boat if they wanted to go home before the 5 days. But for immune testing after getting a BFP they flew back  ^hugme^

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Hi Girls,
today I went to ARGC for my follow up appointment. Although I had written down all the questions I wanted to ask, I forgot to ask something and I hope you can help. If I go for my third ICSI with Argc, do you know how many times I should go back to the clinic for monitoring, blood tests and immune treatments in case I get a BFP?
I was planning to go back to Italy in spring but maybe I will delay a little to complete a third ICSI and leave the country once I am done.
But if I get a BFP (I know it's nearly impossible but I am trying to be as positive as I can), how many times and for how many months will I need to stay close to the clinic? For example if I need to go to ARGC once a month I can travel from Italy, if it is once every week I will need to stay in London...

Thanks very much!

Luisa
 
 

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Luisa - so long as you can get your bloods and scans done locally there is no need to be in London - you just get the results faxed over and then the nurses will call you later in the day with instructions. However, you will need to find a path lab that will turn the results round the same day. It is also possible to get your bloods fedex-ed to the clinic for immunes as well - or you can get them sent straight to Chicago - but the argc will help you with this. I guess the only problem would be if you need IVIG or intralipids, as I don't know whether you could get them done in Italy???

Spin x

 
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