Pregnancy timing with BIG travel plans

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: When would you want to travel while pregnant??
    First Trimester : (18 votes)
    11 %
    Second Trimester : (34 votes)
    22 %
    Third Trimester : (2 votes)
    1 %
    I wouldn't want to have BIG travel plans while pregnant, if I could help it. : (48 votes)
    31 %
    I wouldn't let travel plans impact when to TTC. : (21 votes)
    13 %
    I would push back TTC until after BIG travel plans. : (34 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
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    2299 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I haven’t been pregnant, but I think that I would try to avoid being pregnant on a trip like that if at all possible! So many things can go wrong, not to mention the not-so-lovely pregnancies that many women experience… No thank-you.

    Post # 4
    Member
    13003 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would wait until Dec or Jan at the earliest to start TTC.  We had big travel plans for the year after we got married, and waited 14 months to start TTC until while on vacation.  I’m still not pregnant, but we still go on big trips (Going to Iceland next month!).  I just plan them 3-4 months in advance so I’d only be in the first or beginning of second trimester at most if I got pregnant.  We’re not going to stop TTC now, and vacations are the only thing keeping me sane by giving me something to look forward to and take my mind off the TTC process.

     

    Post # 5
    Member
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @E_Lynne615:  Start TTC on the trip. That’s what we decided when we go to the UK for two weeks in the next 2 years.

    Post # 6
    Member
    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

    @E_Lynne615:  Having travelled only to Aisian countries I wouldn’t want to travel at all while pregnant. The first trimester is a risky one, and sitting for too long during 2nd for me has been really uncomfortable. On top of this there are travel vaccines (which I never got anyway. Oops.)  and in other countries the water can make you sick just because you’re not used to it. And Greece sounds like a place where you’d want to eat soft cheeses! I’d put it off personally but do whatever you feel comfortable with.

    Post # 7
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    2884 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    second trimester or delay TTC until afterwards

    im just finishing the first tri and i have felt exhausted and ill ALL the time. as in early nights, afternoon naps and resting in between. Trips to greece normally involve long walks around ruins (at least my school trip did) and it would have been too hard for me

    every pregnancy is different though so its hard to judge how you would feel. for me, its been like being constantly hungover (the mixing red wine with tequila kind)/ bad headaches, exhaustion, nausea, and feeling generally off/crappy/ doign small things suddenly feels like an absolute mission/ i am waiting for a 2nd tri miracle to start feeling better,so im guessing that itd eb a good time to go

    also – dont forget support stockings on plane. youre more at risk for dvt if pregnant

    Post # 8
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    1242 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

    As someone who is well beyond the first trimester & still experiencing pretty bad morning sickness, I would suggest waiting to TTC until after the trip. It would be horrible to feel miserable/be throwing up constantly while so far from home or during flights.

    Post # 10
    Member
    7195 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Is missing the trip an option? If it was me I’d TTC and probably miss the trip if I got pregnant. But that depends how important the trip is to you. I’m uncomfortable with the idea of a single 10 day trip delaying family plans for a whole 9 months. On this board we’re always saying, “Don’t delay TTC for someone else’s wedding”, and this (sounds like a school trip) would fall into the same category for me. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    7259 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I would start TTC on the trip. As someone who is 25 weeks pregnant, it would be really hard for me to imagine going on a trip like the one you’re taking. Pregnancy is different for everyone, but I can tell you that I’m completely exhausted all the time and just really uncoomfortable. I wouldn’t Abe able to enjoy a wonderful vacation right now. I also had morning sickness and food aversions starting from 6 weeks through about the 17th week. If at all possible, I would wait!

    Post # 15
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    5987 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @E_Lynne615:  I love this question. I am also a planner, so i have planned out TTC based on big events 😀 honestly, i would start TTC like the week or so before the trip. good luck and congrats!

    Post # 16
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    51 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Just a story from someone who had to make a similar decision…

    My husband and I got married in March 2012 and put off our honeymoon in Europe until November in order to buy a house over the summer. As much as I would have liked to have started TTC right away, we decided together that it was more prudent to wait until we got back. I’m a foodie and not being able to drink wine or eat prosciutto or French cheese sounded like torture. It’s a really good thing we decided to wait, too. I got pregnant in January 2013 and had the nightmare first trimester that I was fearing. I was exhausted and throwing up every day for over 10 weeks (well into the second trimester)…sometimes up to seven times a day (while I was on anti-vomiting medication so don’t think that that’s a miracle fix for MS). At 22 weeks, I had to go to Europe for four days for work (nine hour flight). I got one of the worst colds of my life (I suspect I picked it up on the flight due to my lowered immune system) and could barely sit for weeks because the discomfort of the long coach flight caused immense tailbone pain. Ten weeks later, I still haven’t recovered fully and have to sit on a coccyx pillow at work. In the third trimester, I’m now getting tired all the time and my stomach makes sitting long periods of time uncomfortable so long drives are almost unbearable let alone the thought of a long plane ride. I just don’t think that in my case there’s been a good time for going to Europe although 2nd trimester was probably as good as it was going to get.

    It’s really up to you. I wouldn’t necessarily put off TTC, but just be prepared that you could have an amazingly easy pregnancy or you could have the pregnancy from hell and you really won’t know until you’re pregnant. 

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