Post # 1
I’m not sure if this belongs in the pregnancy boards or TTC boards or baby boards, but we’ll see if it gets moved! I just want some opinions from women with experience! 🙂
DH and I have big travel plans for next May (2014). We will be traveling abroad with a group of students as chaperones for an educational trip. We’re heading to Greece, so it’s going to be a long flight (both ways) and we’ll be gone for 8-10 days. We just got married last month, but I’ve already got babies on the brain.. 🙂 I’m 29 and he’s 31, and we’ve been together for years, so it’s not like we’re rushing into anything..
Anyway, my question to you is in the poll. Would you try to time TTC so that you were at a certain trimester of pregnancy for big-time traveling or would you put off TTC completely until after the trip? Obviously I know that the airlines could prevent me from traveling in my last month or two of pregnancy, maybe even my whole third trimester, depending on the airline, so I would take that into consideration.
Let me know what you think!!
Post # 3
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
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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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 # 9
Thank you for all of your input!! This is what I need – lots of impartial opinions and real-life stories. I have been thinking either starting TTC around January and then stopping if it doesn’t happen within 2 months, and then delaying until trip-time, or just waiting until after the trip completely. I hear a lot of people agree that the first trimester would be a no-no since it’s the most common time to be feeling sick (unless you’re a lucky one that feels great the whole time!)
Part of me just cringes to think of waiting until after the trip because I’m getting SO antsy, but I know it would be totally miserable if I happen to be one of those women that is just sick and exhausted throughout the whole pregnancy… Ugh!! Decisions, decisions…
Post # 10
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
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 # 12
@paula1248: I’m the group leader for the students, so it’s important for me to go – DH is coming along as one of the 3 other chaperones.. I’ve also put a ton of time and energy into the planning and fundraising for the trips, so it would really suck to miss it! 🙂
On the other hand, maybe we go with the TTC in Jan-Feb plan, and if I end up being too sick to go, that’s the way it goes.. and if not, then it’s all good! ?? Maybe?? 🙂 Or I just need to stop looking at the Bump Love boards and getting all worked up about TTC so that I can handle waiting!
ETA: Ugh… Every time I think about waiting another 5-6 months beyond January to TTC, I just make an awful face… Haha..
Post # 13
@beachbride1216: Plus then think of the fun…
Oh, we conceived in Greece!
Post # 14
@Apple_Blossom: Haha yeah, my students’ parents would probably love to hear that! 😉
On the other hand, I keep thinking of how fun it would be to have a little 4-5 month bump to show off in pictures there and show our future child – Look where you went before you were even born!! 🙂
Post # 15
@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
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.