What are the risks of flying at 32 weeks with low placenta?

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sophiemills
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Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:48 pm 
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I have a desperately needed holiday to Samoa booked for next week and want to know the real risks do bleeding during flying with the pressure changes. I know my midwife is airing on the side of caution as they have to. What is the real risk. Please help
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Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:30 pm 
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not being funny hun but it would not be worth the risk with a low lying placenta (i had placenta previa with my eldest daughter )

i would say not to fly as there could be an increase in the blood pressure and cause the bleeding and at 32 thousand feet you will not have any medical staff to help you or ur unborn baby if it did happen (not trying to put the frightner's on you) but that is the worst case that could happen (maybe put ur holiday back until little one is here and then there is no way you would be putting you and your babys life at risk)

that is what i would do hun but it is still down to ur and ur midwife
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Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:37 am 
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I'm surprised the airline would let you to be honest, do you not need a fit to fly certificate ? I wouldn't have thought a doc would give you one with PP.
Of course if your placenta doesn't actually cover the cervix and is just a bit low that's totally different and not actually placenta preavia, so you might be okay Question
It's hard to say without knowing exactly what's going on with you as some women don't have any bleeds and deliver naturally, others have a completely covered cervix lots of bleeds and it has to be a c section, which was the case for me and even then I lost a lot of blood still so I wouldn't have risked it, but if yours is just low lying but you've had no bleeds and been told you should be able to have a natural delivery then that's totally different Question
I'd speak to your midwife again and get her to explain all the risks. The general advice seems to be that if you've already had bleeding or have high blood pressure anyway don't risk it, if it did cause a bleed then the airline might well refuse to fly you back as well so you could risk being stuck out there Question
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