Post # 1
Darling Husband and I booked a 10 day trip to Greece in late June. Prior to the booking, we had been planning to start TTC in late April. But now I’m wondering if we should wait until after the trip to TTC. I know that it could take a while to get pregnant, but in the off chance that we do get pregnant early on, wondering if going on such a big vacation might be tough. I keep reading blogs and posts about people feeling super tired / sick in the first trimester, and I definitely don’t want to ruin my trip. But, I also hate pushing this off, especially if we aren’t as fertile as we think (and hope!). Anyone have thoughts on this topic?
Post # 3
I’m curious on this too! We have a vacation in May and was going to TTC after that. But we also have a 14 or 21 day trip to Italy in Sept and I was orginally going to wait until after that, but I really didnt want to wait anymore and was ok with being a few months pregnant on that trip. But I’d really love to hear some opinions on this too.
Post # 4
I repeatedly put off our trip to India because I was afraid I would be KU. Finally we just went. Guess what? Still not KU.
Morale of the story – you can’t put your life on hold for TTC. You might be successful right away, but you might not. If you are successful right away, your trip might be a little bit different than it would be if you weren’t, but it’s also going to be different than it would be if you went to Greece on spring break with a bunch of girlfriends. You just never know, so my opinion is that you shouldn’t live your life on “mights.” Go to Greece and have an amazing time. I hope you do get KU right when you want to! :o)
Post # 5
My opinion is that you should just start TTC as planned, and don’t worry about your trip. If somehow happen to get pregnant, great; you’ll have that much more to celebrate and think about on your vacation.
I travel a lot for work and delayed TTC because of some trips I had scheduled. Now Darling Husband and I are in our 6th cycle of TTC, and I really just wish we had started sooner. You can always figure out how to adjust your plans to your energy level, but you can’t turn back the clock to regain lost time.
Sorry, didn’t mean for that to sound so epically dramatic. 🙂 I’m just a worried TTC-er here!
Post # 6
We started to TTC last September. In October, my cousin who lives in Europe announced that he was getting married next September. We definitely want to go, so I checked airline websites to see how long you can fly. Most will allow you to fly until 4-6 weeks before your due date.
We decided to skip TTC from December – March, so that we wouldn’t have to fly with an infant or around a potential due date. Shortly after, we said “what the heck!’ and just went on with TTC because we didn’t want to put it on hold anymore. So far, we are in cycle 7 and not pregnant yet.
I wouldn’t skip the Greece vacation on the off chance that you get KU right away. If you don’t, you will regret not having gone on the trip. If you do, you can cross that bridge when you get there. Maybe you will feel fine. Maybe you will be too tired to tour the ancient ruins, but Greece has some amazing beaches!
Post # 7
Unless your trip is centered around an activity that can’t be done while pregnant (ex. Darling Husband and I have a SCUBA trip in May and I could not dive if I was pregnant), I wouldn’t change your TCC plans.
Odds are you won’t get pregnant immeadiately and even if you do, it won’t be that big of a deal to travel while a couple of months pregnant.
Post # 8
We concevied in July and took a 2+ week vacation to the east coast in August; I was probably 7-10 weeks pregnant during our trip and it was fine. It’s true that you don’t know how your body will react to pregnancy (if you’ll be really sick or not, if you’ll be really exhausted or not,etc…), but I’ve seen some research that suggests traveling during the first trimester may relieve some of the most common first tri symptoms. And it was true for me! I was sick before and after our trip, but hardly sick at all during our trip.
I say, keep your original plans. Even if you do wind up lucky and pregnant right away, it probably won’t be an issue for you to travel.
Post # 9
Darling Husband and I went on a trip to the Dominican Republic during my 8th to 9th week of pregnancy. We were gone for 8 days. Honestly, I was pretty exhausted. It was fine there, because you’re supposed to relax on the beach! However, I couldn’t enjoy a lot of the food due to morning sickness and many of the activities were out because of safety reasons. I was able to take MS pills with me and granola bars/”safe” on my stomach food, so it did minimize the crappy parts of it. Based on my experience, I would not want to take an active vacation during the first trimester.
Now that I’m in the second trimester, I feel awesome! I could totally imagine traipsing around Greece/Europe/some other location. I still need naps sometimes, but I get an active workout in every day and have very very few aversions to food.
I know every pregnancy is different, but I think a safe recommendation would be to TTC up until March (I know you said you wanted to start in late April though…) and stop between March and June. Then start back up on your trip 😉 Just my opinion and I know that lots of women have very different experiences in the first trimester!
Post # 10
If I were you I would just go for it! As you said, it can take a while to get pregnant anyways. We started TTC last April, even though we knew we had a big trip to Hawaii planned for our anniversary at the end of July. I ended up getting my BFP 2 days before the trip, and got to surprise Darling Husband with the news when we got to Hawaii. I was a little tired and was already having some weird issues with food, but we were still very excited that we got to take our trip… and were having a baby too!
Post # 11
Most women feel like crap in their first trimester – exhaustion, dizziness, cramps, sore boobs, having to pee every 30 minutes. I definitely would not have wanted to be away on an adventure as cool as Greece during all of that! I would have been so mad that I wouldn’t be able to milk it for all it’s worth!
Post # 12
I’d go – as others have said, you can’t put your life on hold for TTC because you just never know what is going to happen. DH and I had a trip to Vanuatu booked for Christmas – New Year and were planning on starting TTC after that, but we got a bit impatient and started earlier. We went on our trip when I was 14 weeks pregnant and it was fine, despite it being a malaria country with somewhat poor food hygiene and unsafe drinking water. I was more tired than normal and couldn’t partake in my favourite activity of scuba diving but other than that, it was fine.
Also, I travelled from Australia to the States when I was 10 weeks and the return journey when I was 12 weeks pregnant and had absolutely no issues. If you are pregnant, it will be a slightly different kind of holiday – you may not be up for walking around as much and you’ll have to watch what you eat a bit more closely but it’s not a big deal.
It’s sort of a crap shoot as to whether you’ll have an easy first trimester or not. My first tri was a breeze with no morning sickness, no extreme exhaustion, and no major food aversions. How did your mother handle pregnancy? Do you have any sisters who have been pregnant? There is a bit of a correlation between how your mother and/or sisters handle pregnancy and how you will handle pregnancy.
Post # 13
I’d like to echo what PPs are saying – you never know how long it will take to get pregnant, so more than likely, it may be a moot point or you’ll be VERY early on if you are lucky enough to not have to try very long.
If you’ve heard it once you’ve heard it a million times – you can’t put your life on hold for TTC or, in my opinion, put TTC on hold too long for “life.” They are the same thing. You just work with what you’ve got when you get there. And trust me, it’s hard for me to write because I am the same way about things. I was worried about having TTC and Grad School in the same period of my life before I realized, “Oh well.” Life has a funny way of working itself out.
Post # 14
I’m 11 weeks pregnant and next week we’re heading to NZ for a week. I am really looking forward to the holiday and having a break from work, but at the same time I’m still dealing with nausea, unbelievable headaches, and general exhaustion. I’m really hoping to be feeling better by next week – just thinking about having nausea on the plane makes me feel sick, and I know most of our afternoons will probably involve me needing to sleep. We fell pregnant our 2nd cycle, so while it’s good to not assume you’ll fall right away, you also can’t assume it will take ages! Depending on all your other factors I would probably go off any BC now, and then start TTC on your trip or just before. But, as others have said you have no idea what pregnancy will be like for you, or how long your TTC will take.
Post # 15
@mountain.bride: Have you tried “Sea Bands” for the plane? They’re these tight bands that wrap just above the wrist. I used them on our long plane ride during my first tri and it seriously helped with the MS 🙂 That and peppermints, but it was still a bit uncomfortable.
Post # 16
thank you all so much for the responses. i know it’s a hard thing to really predict, so i appreciate everyone sharing their thoughts. i think we’re going to stick to our original plan (start TTC in April) and then just go with the flow. also, since there’s so much turmoil in Athens, we actually bought trip insurance, so i do have a last minute out if need be.
@Ree723: i didn’t realize that pregnancy experiences could be correlated among family members. that’s good to know, because neither my mom or sister had morning sickness and they both had 2 pregnancies. my sister did feel a bit nauseous at times, but she never got sick. i think her biggest issue was fatigue.