Post # 1
So DH and I are thinking about what we want to do for the Fourth of July, and there’s this camping trip that the Jeep crew has planned that he really wants to go to. And I LOVE camping — always have! I also really like the Jeep people, so I think this trip could be super fun.
Problem — I’m pregnant. By the time of this camping trip, I’ll be six months in. So … before I get DH too excited about this trip, I want to try and get a feeling for whether or not this trip will even be feasible for me at that point.
Currently, I am feeling 1000% awesome. I still run, so my body is still pretty well under control and I’m not having the famed balance problems that plague many pregnant women (which would of course be problematic when your main pee-bathroom is popping a squat behind a tree). I’m also not having any sleeping troubles, and don’t even have any issue lying/sleeping on my back (even though I’m apparently not supposed to). I pee a lot, but that’s manageable and I don’t think it would ruin a camping trip in any way. I don’t mind crawling out of a tent in the dark to pee next to a bush. I’m that kinda gal.
But in a month, I could be singing a different song altogether. I could start growing exponentially and suddenly I can’t lie on my back and it’s hard to sleep and etc etc insert other common third trimester pregnancy complaints. I think that if I just buy and bring an air mattress on this trip instead of my usual yoga mat sleeping pad, I should be okay.
Any other bees go camping while pregnant and live to tell the tale? Are there other concerns I should be thinking about that might make me regret going on this trip? I don’t want to agree to go and then back out the day beforehand, since I know DH will be really disappointed if I do that. But I also don’t want to torture myself by going if I’m feeling a lot crappier at six months than I am at five.
Thoughts? Advice? Encouragement??
Post # 3
I can’t imagine it being comfortable. I have never been so hot in my life as I started feeling around 6-ish months to present. At 6 months, the peeing, the hot flashes, the sweating, and the uncomfortable sleep would’ve been enough that camping would have been an absolute no-go for me. And we are Jeep people too, so that’s saying something! A cabin would have been acceptable middle ground, because I still felt good enough at 6 months to hike and swim. Just not sleep outside, or get up from a flat near to the ground surface to pee 11 times a night.
Post # 4
@iarebridezilla: Get a cot? They are usually cheap(ish) and can be found in most department store camping sections. This is will save you from sleeping and getting up from the flat ground.
Not pregnant currently, but you seem to be on top of your pregnancy – I think if you feel up to it now then you won’t have a complete 180 in a month. I would anticipate a few comfort issues and let him know that for the ‘jeep riding’ that you can’t be bounced around like a maniac…but for the regular camping stuff I think it sounds like you would be fine 🙂
Post # 5
Take this with a grain of salt. DH and I went camping about the same time frame as you would be pregnant. I was at 29 weeks and fell on my belly while we were setting up camp. I felt no movement which was abnormal, little boy was very very active in the womb. We ended up going to the nearest hospital, which also happened to be the Mayo Clinc hospital and ended up staying there for over 6 hours of them watching me. I would not go camping at that late of stage of pregnancy again…
Post # 6
@iarebridezilla: I think “glamping” would be okay, but not real camping. I wouldn’t want to be 6 months pregnant without basic conveniences. You know your body best though.
Post # 7
@ellebeerob: hmmm, yeah I was wondering when the “I’m so hot!” would set in. Currently, I am still cold all the damn time and I insist that I have never experienced being “too hot” in all my life (even going jogging in high summer in swampy DC, haha). I’m kind of looking forward to being warm for once! We live in the Seattle area so it doesn’t really ever get ugly-hot, especially at night … but that might have to be played by ear a little bit :-/
@suburbian: a cot could definitely be a helpful piece of equipment to bring along — because yeah, sleeping on the ground is one thing, but getting up from there might be something else entirely, haha. I’m kind of imagining that with a cot and a battery-powered fan, I could totally do it … but then of COURSE I think that; I love camping and will make any excuse to go, haha.
@Sassygrn: yikes!!! Luckily, our tent is pretty small and easy to set up, so I would probably just make DH do it himself while I claimed to be “too pregnant to help.” I use that excuse to get out of lots of things, haha 😉
Post # 8
I’ll be going at 7 months preggo to a boat access only, tent camping campground.
Post # 9
@iarebridezilla: I think if you have a campground with actual bathrooms and showers, you’ll be fine.
Really, I just wanted to share an infamous family tale:
My Uncle C wanted his pregnant wife to come with him on a camping trip with our side of the family. His wife, thinking this would be a deal breaker, said “I’ll only go if I can sleep on my own matress!” Yeah, that wasn’t stopping Uncle C. He stuffed their queen sized mattress into the back of his truck & drove them out to the beach. He had a camper shell, so it was wedged in there pretty good. When he got to the campsite the other men conspired to “be too busy to help”, so he had to yank the mattress out, drag it to his tent and figure out how to get it in there all by himself. It was awesome. 🙂
Post # 10
My sister in law was camping when her water broke!
Post # 11
@iarebridezilla: Our tent isnt that big either but it needs two people to raise the poles and that is what I was doing, bent down to pick up a pole lost my footing and fell.
Post # 12
How many days are we talking here? I’ve never been pregnant, but even if you can’t sleep well, I can’t imagine it would be too problematic for a night or two?
Post # 13
We camp a lot but usually there’s bathrooms and showers. I don’t think you should stop going camping, especially at 6 months, yes that’s 2/3 of the way through your pregnancy, but I’m pretty sure you can still get around pretty well and still see your toes! The one thing that would concern me is the fact that when you’re pregnant you’re way more likely to get UTI’s and yeast infections and I think when you’re camping and you have to squat at 6 months pregnant you’ll be more likely to hold it for much longer than you normally would. And while I have no problem going a few days without a shower while camping it’s definitely not something you should consider while pregnant. Other than that, just make sure your food is cooked thoroughly and you have plenty of snacks and blah blah blah.
Post # 14
@MexiPino: Haha. Awesome.
Post # 15
@MexiPino: hahahahaha that is fantastic! I can’t believe nobody was willing to help drag a mattress across the beach, haha. Jeez, I’d be signing up for that first thing! Orrrr … not.
@Monny: Okay that’s just plain crazy! Haha I’d definitely be too panicked about something bad happening to venture far from civilization that late in my pregnancy … but this is my first so I’m a total wuss about it 😛 That does give me hope though that I can maybe pull this off!
Post # 16
this is tough. I would be extremely uncomfortable. Are you sleeping well? I hope you will be laying on a comfy air mattress and not on the floor because omg your back will be killing you. I think as long as its not “real” camping then you should be fine but theres no way i would have done it pregnant i was uncomfortable the whole time.