Post # 1
Can some of you weigh in for me – DH and I are looking at a 5 day trip when I’m 30 weeks. He has a long weekend off and I figure its my last chance. I wouldn’t go too far, maybe a 3 hour plane ride at the most. I know there is the issue of health insurance if I were to give birth early in the US (I’m from Canada), but other than that would you recommend a weekend getaway at that time? So far my pregnancy has been smooth, no issues and I’ve been pretty active. I’m thinking Vancouver, Seattle, Victoria or a trip to the mountains.
Post # 3
@bella128: No idea, but what IS the deal with health insurance if you give birth in the US? Now I’m just curious. You’d think that’s happened before enough it would be a procedure. Maybe your national insurance pays the hospital and they figure out costs?
Post # 4
I have a wedding to go to that’s a 4 hour plane ride away for me in March. I’ll be exactly 30 weeks. I just talked to my Dr. and she gave me the all clear to fly until 35 weeks. She just said she always recommends travel insurance in case you just don’t feel up to it.
Post # 5
We took a babymoon when I was 16 weeks to Jamaica and then a second short weekend when I was around 33 weeks. It was a 3 hour drive and it wasn’t too bad 🙂
Post # 6
We just got back from a 5 day vacation, and I’m 34 weeks! Travel was no problem.
Post # 7
@keesl: Apparently if the baby is born in the US the hospital stay for the mom is covered but the baby’s birth is not… and if there were issues for the baby (NICU stay, etc) they wouldn’t be covered either I think because they are a new person that is not registered for coverage. Basically we’d have to pay out of pocket or have extra travel medical insurance that covers it but I don’t know if that exists.
Post # 8
I was almost going to go on a trip at 31 weeks but decided to skip it because I can get bad anxiety/stress if there is a lot of turbulence and the only thing that helps me calm down is a few classes of wine. So I decided to skip it since it was a conference and it didn’t seem worth it to me. But I think you would be fine!
Post # 9
I traveled a ton between 32 and 36 weeks because I had a bunch of job interviews. Several 6 hour flights and a bunch of 3-11 hour car rides. It is totally doable, especially if you’re feeling decent and have a low-risk pregnancy. Three hours on a plane for a babymoon sounds pretty great to me! I know everyone has a different experience with their pregnancy but for me trying to stay as active and do as many normal activities as possible was really key. I’m still feeling good at 39+3.
If you fly, definitely drink tons of water, get up and stretch a lot, and maybe get a disposable heating pad if your back has been bothering you.
Post # 10
@bella128: I bet travel insurance that covers that specific scenario does exist. And would be a good idea.
As to whether or not I would travel then, I would say definitely if my doctor okayed it and I had had a smooth pregnancy thus far. The trip you’re thinking of sounds great!
Post # 11
It’s more because it’s a pre existing medical condition.
Post # 12
I’m 31 weeks and would travel now. I wouldn’t go further then 3 hour plane ride Though.
Post # 13
@bella128: we did a ton of travel during first pregnancy, from when I was about 4-7.5 months pregnant! I’m in Vancouver and did Spain/Portugal for a couple weeks around 6.5 months, then New Brunswick, Nova Scotia&PEI just after 7months. I think we came home around the 31 week mark. Sure I was a bit uncomfortable on the plane, but I usually am anyways. I didn’t have any pregnancy problems and am glad I did all that travel before baby. First plane trip we took with baby was when he was about 5 months old.
Post # 14
@bella128: at 30 you’d probably be totally fine. I’d travel! If you were to come down to Seattle and happen to go into labor, you aren’t THAT far from the border and chances are labor would be so slow you could probably make it back in time!
Of course Vancouver or Victoria you’d be covered on the insurance front, but unless something changes in your PG you won’t be anything but possibly big and uncomfortable at 30 weeks. You’d still have 4 to go before they even consider you full term (I think).
Post # 15
I went to Myrtle Beach around that 30 week mark. It was a short flight (around 2 hours) but it was pretty cramped so I wouldn’t have wanted to do anything longer.
The trip went smoothly, I felt fine and really enjoyed it.
Post # 16
just make sure you can get up and walk around on the plane.