Post # 1
So our plan this year was to get pregnant and go to Europe – well we hoped to get pregnant and we did. We have booked a 2 1/2 trip to Italy/Switzerland/France in April. I will be just over 3 months pregnant. Now I know I won’t be able to participate in wine tastings, etc, but how has anyone else taken a big trip while pregnant? I see a lot of people complaining of exhaustion and m/s, and I’m praying I’ll be done with m/s by that time and haven’t felt tired yet, although it’s still a little early.
Any thoughts, ideas, comments??
Post # 3
I would inform your insurance just to see what the implications are there. Also check with the airline about their policies on pregnancy and flying. My SIL did a 7 hour flight whilst 4 months pregnant and said she was fine. SHe made sure she kepts mobile on the flight because there was a bigger risk of DVT – so get walkin up and down the aisle. She was also upgraded to First Class along with my Bro so that she would be more comfortable.
As for wine tasting – you spit it out anyway so I wouldn’t think it’s a problem!
Post # 4
At 9 weeks pregnant, I flew from the UK to Rome and embarked on a 7-day cruise in the Med. At 10 weeks pregnant I flew back to the UK and the next day I flew to the west coast of the US for 10 days. At 11.5 weeks pregnant I flew from the west coast of the US back to the UK, and straight down to the Med again. At 13 weeks pregnant I flew back to the UK. I realise that mine was only a 1 month trip and I was – for the most part – in my first trimester, but I really didn’t have any problems with the flying part (and I did have morning sickness). I would think that traveling in the first trimester is more difficult than traveling in the second trimester…
Post # 5
@ 3.5 months it won’t be a problem. You’ll be in the 2nd trimester so most of your first tri woes (m/s if you even get it and fatigue) should be gone by then. You’ll need to be careful of what you eat, I would suggest getting a pocket translator or an iphone app to translate menus so you are sure of what you are ordering. Flying won’t be a problem, airlines only require a medical certificate after 27 weeks for the most part, and you won’t be that far along yet. I would check out your insurance in case you should need to see a doctor while you are here. But keep in mind that even in your insurance doesn’t cover it, should you need medical attention and have to pay out of pocket, the cost is not as exorbitant as in the US. A typical doctor’s visit here in France is less than 50€. Enjoy your trip!
Post # 6
We took a 2+ week trip from the West Coast to the East Coast during the end of first trimest/beginning of my second trimester. It was really fun; we had a great time! Interestingly enough, I’ve read some research (and my personal experience backs this up) that travel can actually reduce/eliminate typical first trimester symptoms like morning sickness and fatigue. It has to do with climate and altitude changes. And you should be fine to fly; just stay hydrated and try to get up and walk around, when you can. Enjoy your trip! It sounds like a lot of fun!
Post # 7
I think you should be fine. I just got back from a work trip to London and Paris and I am 24 weeks. Get compression socks for flying, they help with swelling. Don’t push yourself. Know that after walking around all day, you should put your feet up and go to bed early. As a pp said, you will have to be careful about what you eat. Especially with dairy. Alot of it is unpasterized in Europe. I would bring a lot of snacks with you. You may be turned off by foriegn foods and just want a pop tart (or whatever). I found that I had some issues around lunch because they eat a lot of pre-made sandwiches over there that had cold cuts or soft cheeses in them. Any way, you should be fine.
Post # 8
I’ve read in books that the 2nd trimester is the best time to travel. Sounds like a fun trip! 🙂
Post # 9
I have a co-worker that took a 2 month vacation overseas during her first tri and she was fine during the entire trip. She went to Indonesia and Japan
Post # 10
Wow, everyone thanks for the responses!! I feel a lot better now. I was stressing before becuase this trip was something we wanted to do before we had kids, but we really wanted kids, too and I just wasn’t sure if I would enjoy the trip!! I’m so excited. It’s going to be a great year!!
Post # 11
Go and enjoy it, there won’t be a bother on you. You’re going to countries with, for the most part, excellent healthcare. I would say if you have to bring any particular medication with you, print out the prescription and bring it too just in case – might avoid any confusion. Above all, bring comfy roomy clothes – you don’t know what your belly’s growth/weight gain pattern will be, and really comfy shoes. And take it easy – most of us walk a lot more on holiday than we would at home – use buses and taxis!
ETA – going from Texas to europe in april – you might need some warm clothes!
Post # 12
if you are through morning sickness you should be fine! mine went away at 15 weeks, it often goes a bit into the second trimester but once it is gone you should have full energy, be able to eat etc. I second the compression stockings suggestion for flying and being careful of unpastuerized cheese. have fun!
Post # 12
magilnyc: Hi I see your reply was a while back but I just wante dto know if you do a lot of walking, I will be 27 weeks pregnant and the trip was already planned and paid for before we even found out and my obgyn said it was fine but I am still a little hesitant any other tips