Post # 1
Hi ladies! I have an interesting, time sensitive question that I’m looking for help on.
My husband and I just got married in June and put off going on our Honeymoon right away and decided that we would go sometime later this year. Well… we found an amazing groupon that’s right up our alley so we want to buy it. Only thing is, there is less than 1 day left to purchase, and it must be used by the end of December. We are currently in the first few weeks of TTC. It’s for a sightseeing adventure in Costa Rica. Do I risk it, purchase it and plan to go in October/November even if we are pregnant? I can’t back out once we buy it.
The list of activities include: Canyon canopy tour, waterfalls canyon tour, tubing adventure, thermal waters, hot springs, horseback riding, walking tours, and a sky walk at the Monteverde Cloud forest.
Of course, if we do get pregnant I will be seeing a doctor and asking what they recommend I do/sit out on.
Thanks for any input you may have!
Post # 3
@MrsDW: Hi! Would you be ok with going but sitting out on some of the activities and just hearing about them from your DH?
Post # 4
@MrsDW: Oh and I would def book it! You never know how long it will take you to fall pregnant and if it does take you a few months you wont be depressed with such a cool holiday coming up 🙂
Post # 5
I know that I would probably have to sit out on a few things. I would be ok hearing about them from him… besides it would be a good excuse to visit the spa!
I’m more concerned with the elevation and whatnot in Costa Rica. If that’s safe for me on top of the activities.
Post # 6
We drove up Mount Washington when I was 5 weeks pregnant and I had similar concerns as you. I did some online research about pregnancy and altitude, If you are going to be more than 6000 ft (?) for a longer period of time, then you need to take it easy. Descend if you don’t feel well.
I know that tubing and horse backriding are not recommended, possibly the thermal waters if you plan to go in them.
In the first couple of months of pregnancy, I felt like crap most of the day and was glad whenever I could lay down and not move at all. We did go on a 2 mile walk in the mountains, and I was glad when it was over. Would you guys consider a more relaxed honeymoon, with lots of pool or beach time? That might be more enjoyable for you if you were in the first trimester.
Post # 7
if flying, ask what periods of pregnancy is not good to fly. Call any airline they should be able to tell you.
Post # 8
Girl, I’ve been worrying about these type of situations for the past 9 years while TTC. At first like you, I was afraid to do anything risky….now after that long ordeal, I realize that I would have missed out on a lot. #1) not saying this is gonna happen to you but I DO understand what you are going through and #2) I still do it from time to time with DH….almost postponed our motorcycle trip b/c AF was late and I thought the embryo would be shook loose…NOW I’m worried about getting pregnant since we’re going to Oktoberfest in Munich this year….won’t be able to drink!!! I would book the trip if you guys really want to go….it could be a nice honey/babymoon or a great way to get more practice in!!! 😉
Post # 9
I was advised to travel only during my second trimester and to avoid high elevations. In the first trimester if you are like 90% of women you will be tired and sick. And if god forbid anything were to happen to you or the baby you would be in a hospital in Costa Rica and nowhere near your doctor, so that is why it’s recommended to wait until you are in the safe zone. And then it’s the same for the 3rd trimester. You would hate to deliver a premie in another country with medical care that is much less quality than we have here in the states.
I don’t think you will be able to participate in any of the activities listed, so maybe pick a place that you can go lay by the beach or pool and relax. Also have some nice romantic dinners and spa time.
I would maybe go on your trip and then start TTC or wait until you are pregnant and then book a trip so you’ll know exactly when you can travel.
Post # 10
Can you buy travel insurance that would cover the cost of the Groupon? That might be an option.
However, I have to say I’ve not been impressed with Groupon/Living Social type vacation packages– they tend to sound better than they are. In your case, I’d be more inclined to put together the kind of package you really want, then add on as you can– so if you aren’t pregnant, you can decide to do a horseback ridning or tubing thing, but if you are, you are wasting the money that you already paid for it. Plus you wouldn’t have this tight deadline on when to buy.
So, I personally would skip the Groupon and plan your own vacation that would be more flexible for the if and whens.
Post # 11
I’m with @texasbee: live your life because you never know when you might conceive. I made all sorts of long term career type plans based on when I thought I would be pregnant. As it turns out though, I’ve had to realize that I don’t have control over this timing — none of us really do.
Costa Rica is a lovely, safe country and I’m sure you would have a great time even just sitting by the pool while your DH is adventuring. That said, maybe a good compromise would be to book something more pool/beach/relaxation oriented. Unless you love adventuring, in which case go for it! The travel insurance advice was a good one.
Post # 12
Thanks for all the advice so far ladies! We arent going to push off TTC. So im buying the deal and hoping for the best. Maybe i can sell it to a friend if we absolutely cannot go. The first day is relaxing, day 2-4 are adventurous and day 5-8 are relaxing. So I should be ok. 🙂
Post # 13
I was 17 weeks pregnant when we got married and we flew to Seattle WA for our honeymoon. I agree with PP don’t put your life on hold for fear of TCC/pregnancy. Some the activites you listed you may or may not be able to do. Ask your doctor if you do become pregnant before going on your trip what you can and can’t do. Most airlines let you fly until your 3 trimester.
Post # 14
Go for it! We are TTC and have a trip in 3 weeks to Italy. If we get pregnant this cycle I will be like 5 weeks along. We aren’t holding off on anything!