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A friend of mine is due in the fall but has had plans for a family reunion for 2 years (they would be flying & the trip is paid for). She is 'due' 15ish days before the planned travel date. This seems too close to me. Her babies have come pretty close to their due dates so she doesn't have a history of going late but you never know. So what do you think? What is the earliest you would travel with a newborn?<br><br>
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We moved across country with a 2 wk. old. I wouldn't do that again!<br><br>
For me, I'd be most concerned with doing too much and all that comes with that (increased chance of mastitis, heavier bleeding, etc)...but what would really worry me is how I'd get my diapers washed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> It sounded like this def. wasn't her first baby, so she probably knows when to say no and ask for help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Hope it all works out for them, it sounds like it's really important to her!
 

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Is there anyway she could drive? I would be concerned about germs on the plane (although bm will help with immunity, it's still pretty young to be exposed to various strangers with who know what illnesses). We flew with a 6 week old and, although we didn't have major problems (she didn't get sick or anything), I would be worried to try it much younger than that.
 

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I drove across country with a 10 day old with a cleft lip & palate. My mom now thinks he got a little dehydrated. I didn't want to do that, but had to and wouldn't choose to do it again. But it can be done okay. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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I personally wouldn't fly due to the germ issues. Of course, I'd make sure I was wearing the new baby at the reunion for the same reasons. But that's just me.
 

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My Ds #1 went to the lake at 5 weeks (3 hr drive), grandpa's at 7 weeks (4 hr drive) and flew to portland and back (from manitoba) at 8 weeks, and it was all fine. It actually got a lot worse as he got older to travell with him! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I've read cautions about flying with newborns due to germs, and useful advice about breastfeeding during take-off etc but does anyone know of any studies done about how the babies brain is affected?<br>
My concerns are that while a newborns brain is doing all it's major developing, is it safe to fly (due to pressure etc.. I mean just look at pilots who black out due to g-forces etc)?<br>
Has anyone heard of any studies done on this?
 
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