(Closed) Any Moms or Moms-to-Be who Travel for Work?

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
7651 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@inky_1:  I am a mom to be, and I have a few trips that I will need to go on before April. Next week I am flying to Alabama. Not terribly excited considering flying already makes me anxious as well. My stomach has been awesome so far, but who knows what it will decide to do while facing one of my biggest anxiety triggers, lol. I can take Dramamine, so if worse comes to worst, I will be using that to help myself.

Post # 5
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’ve been travelling for work several times a year (weeks for conferences periodically, months at a time for fieldwork related to my research) and have since my daughter was 4 (now 10).

I will likely still be doing this kind of travelling when we have a baby in the next couple of years, which I suspect will in some ways be easier than with my older daughter and harder in other ways. I think you don’t really know how you’ll feel about being away from your baby until you’re there. With young babies, there’s the breastfeeding aspect to deal with if you plan to breastfeed, although it’s totally possible to pump enough for a trip (I was away from my daughter as a baby for school and pumped a ton). As babies get older, there’s also separation anxiety to cope with. Figuring out strong childcare plans will be a big factor too – will your potential work travel be for short periods or longer times away? What does your husband do for work, and is there flexibility, etc?

Being away from my daughter is generally fine – she stays with my husband generally although sometimes goes to her grandparents to get some special vacation time; we skype plenty, and she always gets a little present which helps ease the separation a little. I’m so used to it that I don’t find it too heart-wrenching, as it’s just how our lives are. We make the most of all of our time together, which helps a lot. It’ll definitely be different with a baby, of course, but I think plenty of people do it and manage.

Post # 7
1133 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I normally traveled for work about 2x/month for 2-4 days at a time. I am now 38 weeks pregnant and I haven’t traveled since I was around 24, other people have been covering it for me. It’s not that I didn’t want to go, it’s that the events/locations that I was supposed to go to would not be ideal for a pregnant lady, and I wouldn’t have been much help anyways. I will probably return to traveling when the baby is around 6 months old.

I LOVE that part of my job, and to be honest, spending 5 days/week for 4 weeks each month at my desk for the past few months has been torture. I can’t wait to get back on the road again. I know my baby will just adapt to the routine when the time comes. I’m not willing to put the career I love on hold just because we started a family, so we’ll just have to figure it out.

We are planning on doing daycare (we wanted a full-time nanny, but it was CRAZY expensive!!). Darling Husband will drop baby off and pick up when he can, and we have lots of family and friends in the area who can fill in when necessary. DH’s mom is a teacher, so if I travel during the summer, I wouldn’t be surprised if baby will stay with Grandma and Grandpa for a few days. 

We are just going to stay really flexible and take each opportunity as it comes. 


Post # 9
7651 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@inky_1:  If my job required me to travel monthly or even bi-monthly, I would decline that job. My job requires me to travel maybe two or three times a year (about 3-7 days at a time) and all within the states. I also would not go on a trip when I was still breast feeding.

I will still travel throughout my pregnancy most definitely, and I would travel once my baby is done breast feeding. It’s part of my job, and I like the fact I am not always at work. Sometimes its like a mini vacay for me πŸ™‚

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