Post # 1
Ladies, can you share your stories/ thoughts about travelling while pregnant? When is safe, ideal times for travel, etc. DH and I want to TTC this summer, but also visit some friends in Mexico….. I was thinking the beginning of the 2nd tri would be ok, but I have a feeling my paranoia will take over. Thanks for sharing…
Post # 3
As long as everything is going as planned, I am going to be traveling cross-country (by plane) at 32 weeks. My doctor is fine with it as of now, and I’ve bought travel insurance in case we can’t go. My doc said as long as I would be fine, worst case scenario, delivering where I’m travelling to, and while it wouldn’t be ideal, I’d be okay, so for now, the plan is on the books 🙂
Post # 4
@MCC919: I went on a cruise when I was 24 weeks, and it was the perfect time! I had no more morning sickness, but i wasn’t big enough that I felt uncomfortable all day. The second trimester is the ideal time. I can’t say I wasn’t a little paranoid about going into pre-term labor, but everyone worries when they’re pregnant! I’m also going on a family vacation (about 10 hours south, car drive) in a couple of weeks when i’m 31 weeks. I feel less paranoid about this because I’m a little further along and I’ll still be in the states where I know I would get good care if something were to happen. We’ll probably have to take lots and lots of rest stop breaks on the way though!
Post # 5
I would just say definitely don’t travel in your 3rd trimester. And it will really depend on your pregnancy. I flew across the country at 18 weeks and was totally fine. I probably wouldn’t travel in my first trimester either in case something happens and you need medical attention. It’s just easier/safer to be near your own doc who knows your history.
Post # 6
My cousin in Europe is getting married in September, and of course we’re going. I just found out this week that we’re pregnant. So far I’m fine, but it’s still early and I’m worried about MS on an 8 hour flight… :-/
Since we have been TTC for a while, I got travel medical insurance before I was pregnant, just in case. But I should be out of the 1st trimester by the time we go, so hopefully the risk that something goes wrong will be low.
Post # 7
I’m traveling by plane in about a week for our anniversary and I’ll be 14 weeks. I would say listen to your body and if you feel up to it, fine. But if not, then don’t push yourself. i would also not travel in my third trimester, but that’s just me. I also think airlines have restrictions on when a pregnant woman has to stop flying. i think at a certain point you need a doctor’s clearance to fly.
Post # 8
I just got back from a trip to Taiwan. I was 19 & 20 weeks while on the trip. I would defnitely recommend waiting until the first tri is over. I would’ve have been so miserable if we went before I was 14 weeks. Unless you’re a lucky one who never gets morning sickness. I also liked that my belly wasn’t too big and uncomfortable yet.
Post # 9
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I just traveled from Dallas to Chicago at 16 weeks. It was the perfect time. I had energy and my morning sickness was gone, but I wasn’t remotely big/swollen/uncomfrotable. I had a great time.
Post # 10
I think the second trimester is the perfect time to travel. You’ll usually be past the gross exhaustion and nausea/vomiting of the first trimester, but not into the awkward, achy exhaustion of the third.
We’re actually leaving for vacation next Friday (I’ll be 33 weeks) and I wish we’d been able to leave sooner. We’ll be driving, not flying, but that’s 9 hours in the car, which my back and hips are not excited about.
Post # 11
I moved from St. Louis to England at 8 weeks and went home to visit for a month and flew international at 24 and then 28 weeks. I didn’t have any issues except for swelling but that’s common when you fly during pregnancy. I was cleared to fly up until 34 weeks.
Post # 12
I would be cautious about traveling out of the country, especially Mexico. I my BF went to Mexico during 1st tri for a wedding. She was miserable because she couldn’t eat any of the spicy foods. They gave her heartburn and she was afraid to eat/drink somethings because of the water concerns. If you are staying in a hotel/resort you might be okay because they offer other type foods, but they were eating all the local type places.
Post # 13
My husband and I have booked a trip to Switzerland and Austria Aug 30-Sept 16 this year. We aren’t currently pregnant but we are trying. I have heard that you are pretty safe up until you hit 30+ weeks, then with the “ok” from a doctor after that. Eveyrone is different though. A coworkers wife is missing her sisters wedding as she’s about 25 weeks and has not allowed to fly. While I’m not sure what her medical condition is, I know she will have to miss out because of it, which really sucks (it’s on an island). 🙁
I would just make sure you get extra insurance coverage for travelling in case you need to make an emergency visit to a doc/hospital for whatever reason. 🙂
Safe and happy travels!
Post # 14
We flew to Salt Lake City Utah and we packed up our 5 bedroom house and loaded my car on a tow dolly and drove up to Minneapoils Minnesota while I was about 15 weeks or so. We had so much fun and stopped and got a hotel 3 times. 🙂 FI wouldn’t let me drive because he thought I should just relax. lol he is too cute!
Post # 15
I went to Peru in my 14th week. I was fine with the long flight and was very active during the vacation (walking, hiking, boating, etc.). I didn’t have any nausea/morning sickness or any other unpleasant pregnancy side effects though so it was easy for me. The only thing I would caution, since you’re going to Mexico, is the food and water.
We pretty much ate at nice restaurants the entire time in Peru and I still got diarrhea. I had mild diarrhea for about a week and a half! I was so worried about the baby but thankfully no harm was done.
I also got diarrhea when I was in Cabo a few years ago – drank something with ice cubes in it.
Post # 16
I travelled constantly throughout my pregnancy with no problems whatsoever. Most notably, I went to Mexico at 25 weeks and I went to England at 32/33 weeks. All trips were fantastic and I had absolutely no problems. Go for it!