Post # 1
So I’ve posted about this a million times, but I’m going in this week to speak to my doctor about the possibility of travelling while pregnant and I was hoping anyone who had would share their stories/experience/thoughts.
Short story is that my husband’s grandmother had a stroke and has been living in hospice care outside Italy for about a year. We had originally planned on TTC on our one-year anniversary this month, but had decided to delay it to whenever is necessary in order to visit his grandmother in the spring. We will be visiting her for ten days in mid-April and touring the surrounding area while there.
I know that the flight, which will be about 7-8 hours, won’t be the greatest for a 4.5 month pregnant lady. I’ve done longer flights before so I know realistically how sucky it can be. I’ve heard a lot of comments about how we should make the most of the trip by not being pregnant yet (specifically because of dietary restrictions and fatigue), but I wasn’t too concerned about that. Since we’ll be spending most of our time with his relatives, the activities should be relatively low-key, and I don’t eat soft cheeses or drink alcohol now, anyway. I’ve also explored several European countries so I don’t really consider this my “trip of a lifetime” so much as a family visit.
Anyway, any other things to be considered based on your own experiences?
Post # 2
In your circumstances, I would not put off TTC – 4.5 months should be fine for travel, as you’ll likely feel a lot better than during the first trimester, and you’re going to a country that is perfectly safe. Now, I would say if you don’t get pregnant right away, you might want to wait until after the trip to TTC again, but that’s entirely up to you. I just know I would not have enjoyed international travel when I was feeling sick during my first trimester.
Post # 3
anonybee0810: I didn’t travel out of the country but I did fly from Alaska to Hawaii at 6.5 months pregnant. It’s a six hour flight. It was totally fine. I brought snacks, drank lots of water, got up a lot and stood or walked around, and wore compression socks. There’s no telling how you’ll be feeling but personally I would do it and not worry! Good luck to you!
Post # 4
I don’t think it will be a problem at 4.5 months
Post # 5
anonybee0810: Let me get this straight- you’re not even pregnant yet and you’re asking this question?
This isn’t something that can be decided ahead of time. You need to make sure everything in your pregnancy is going well AND then make that decision.
If your pregnancy is considered “normal”, and you’re feeling fine- as long as you know where the nearest health care centers are, and are happy with the quality of care they can provide….and your DR says it’s OK to travel, then it shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
That said– my first pregnancy- it was considered “normal”- but I was in constant pain. I was a tiny person before, and my hips physically and permanently spread to accomodate the pregnancy. Given the choice once I was in teh situation, I would not have traveled simply because I was in so much pain. And it wasn’t “typical” pregnancy issues….it was how my body was handling the pregnancy.
Post # 6
As long as everything is heathy, I sure would! DH and I are taking a week vacation to Europe when I’ll be about 14 weeks ;). They say second tri is the best time to go.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2014 - Brussels, Belgium
A friend of mine went to Europe (it was about a 8-9 hour flight) while 6 months pregnant and she was completely fine. We went as a group and oddly enough she had more energy than anyone else on the trip And we walked everywhere.
Post # 8
anonybee0810: Having just been 4.5 mths about 4.5 mths ago (got 5 weeks left! Yay!), I would definitely do it. I was not even showing at 4.5 mths — and wasn’t showing until about 6.5-7 mths +, and up until about 2 weeks ago was still pretty comfortable sleeping, working out, etc…
I honestly don’t even think the flight will bother you/be different than if you weren’t pregnant, because at 4.5 mths, it is that sweet spot/honeymoon phase of the 2nd trimester where you feel great, aren’t really tired, and stopped having to pee all the time (before having to pee all the time again in the 3rd). I have had a healthy pregnant so far (minus gnarly morning sickness but that ended at the 2nd trimester mark), and everyone is very different/all pregnancies are different, so this is just my experience — but I would do it.
Post # 9
Thanks, ladies. I’m going in for more bloodwork on Monday, so my husband and I decided to follow whatever the doctor thinks is best when I get my results back (re: if we should be trying, what the odds are of my having a normal pregnancy). Obviously, I know that there’s no real way of predicting these things, but having a consensus always helps me ground my thoughts a little.
My co-worker’s wife did two weeks of very adventurous travelling through the middle east and parts of asia at 4 months, and came out of it perfectly fine. I kind of consider a week long family visit in a European country a little tamer, by her standards, lol.
Post # 10
We didn’t fly, but drove from Toronto, Canada to Washington DC for a trip and I was just shy of 7 mths pregnant. It was around 1000 km which we broke up into two days there and two days back. The entire trip we spent walking around and I was fine. lol explored lots of benches though. But I had a great time and really enjoyed it!
Post # 11
I wouldn’t worry about it. I went to Belize when I was 8 weeks pregnant and had a little bit of nausea, but I took some medicine for it. Most of my morning sickness subsided after my first trimester.
Post # 12
Had a European trip planned when an unexpected pregnancy prompted said trip to be taken off the table. Knowing it would be awhile before getting to travel again, and already having my heart set on a European vacation, I travelled to London solo at about 4.5 mos pregnant. I think I made 3 decent sized trips until the doctor said “no more!” So glad I didn’t let pregnancy deter me from a once in a lifetime experience.
Post # 13
I went to Iceland from the US for 9 days at 16 wks pregnant. It was fine. I went hiking and did lots of walking with no issues. I got winded faster but was able to do everything I wanted. If I was going to have a miscarriage there is nothing that drs in the US were going to be able to do anyways to stop it. I just tried to be in a place that had good medical care in case I had bleeding and needed RhoGAM.
Post # 14
We booked a trip to Cabo in January and I could potentially be ~4 months pregnant, I wouldn’t even think twice about it. I don’t see any reason not to fly before like 30 weeks. Second semester would even be best because you wouldn’t likely be sick as often.
Post # 15
I went to South America when I was 5.5 months pregnant, and it was fine. We actually took mutliple flights, and went hiking at high altitudes. As long as you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal I’d have no hesitations about going to Italy whatsoever.