Air travel: Safe during pregnancy?

I'm in my third week of a Clomid-aided pregnancy. I will be traveling to be with my family for the holidays. We won't be doing anything strenuous, but I'm worried about the flying. I have heard Clomid pregnancies have a higher chance of ending in miscarriage. Is it safe for me to fly?

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My recommendation would be to look at the factors in your life that may play a part in your decision:

  • How important is this trip to you?
  • How does your partner feel about your trip?
  • How much stress might you encounter while visiting your family?
  • Can you take frequent rest breaks?
  • What kind of stress would you be under if you had to cancel?
  • Will you be able to drink plenty of fluids and eat well?
  • What if you suffer from nausea and other discomforts of early pregnancy? Can you cope with these while away from home?
  • If you miscarried, would you feel guilty and unable to forgive yourself?

Clinically speaking, you can't cause a miscarriage by traveling, but any associated stress, dehydration or inattention to possible warning signs could be a problem.

While it is true that pregnancies induced by the fertility drug Clomid may be at some increased risk of miscarriage, it may be due to the underlying ovarian dysfunction, not the Clomid itself.

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