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Is flight travel safe during five weeks of pregnancy?

Mar 2015
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OBGYN, Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Practicing since : 2009
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Hello Doctor,

My wife is expecting and is in her first month (after diagnosis). The blood reports show a five-week pregnancy.

I would need to travel to middle east next week and would be there for about one month. We wanted to check whether it would be safe for my wife to travel with me. Could you advise us on some potential risks and things we may need to consider.

Posted Tue, 28 Nov 2017 in null
Answered by Dr. Deepti Verma 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
Not absolutely safe

Detailed Answer:
Hi dear,
I have gone through your question and understand the concerns.
It is better to avoid air travel during first trimester, which is till 12 weeks of pregnancy, as there are chances of miscarriage.
However, if the travel is unavoidable, then she can take progesterone support in form of tablets or injections to minimise the risk of miscarriage during travel.
You can consult your treating doctor to prescribe you appropriate medications for the same.
Hope you found the answer helpful.
Dr Deepti Verma
Maternal and fetal medicine specialist
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Follow-up: Is flight travel safe during five weeks of pregnancy? 18 hours later
Thanks doctor for the quick response.

We have consulted a doctor and she has prescribed Tab Duphaston (10 mg) twice daily. Could you advise us of its purpose and if it has any side effects in long-term. We would really appreciate your advice on this.
Answered by Dr. Deepti Verma 11 hours later
Brief Answer:
No long term effect

Detailed Answer:
Hi dear,
Duphastone is the progesterone given to support pregnancy and prevent miscarriage.
It has no long term effect on baby or mother.
It can be taken safely.
Dr Deepti Verma
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