If your pregnancy is normal and your practitioner hasn’t told you otherwise, flying at 17 weeks should be perfectly fine. Doctors and midwives discourage air travel after 36 weeks, but this is only because of the risk that a woman could go into labor during her trip.
Your letter sounds as though you may dislike flying or possibly don’t want to take this trip. Only you can decide what you’ll be comfortable doing. Discuss your feelings with your husband, and if you decide to go, be sure that he will give you the support you need. Plan to take a lot of deep breaths during the flight, allow plenty of time for rest once you arrive, and relax as much as you are able. If talking with your husband doesn’t relieve your anxiety, perhaps it is best to postpone the visit until after the baby is born.
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