(Closed) Anyone travel while pregnant?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 18
275 posts
Helper bee

I traveled over seas at 17 and 18 weeks pregnant. It was certainly not an enjoyable flight since I was still so sensative to smells. I HATED the 15 hours of travel. i even threw up on the way back. BUT, once we arrived I was good. I had good energy to get out and do things as long as I had a mid day nap. I can’t imagine traveling past 28 weeks though. I was so uncomfortable and sitting for long periods of time were really difficult. Everyone is different though!

Post # 19
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I traveled overseas during the first trimester–I think it was 8-9weeks along. Bad idea! Morning sickness/exhaustion made the trip kind of miserable. I think I absolutely would have been fine to travel during second tri and early on in third tri. At 33 weeks now, I am going nowhere though!

Post # 20
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m 10 weeks, and I’m in Denver (from Austin) for a conference. I am EXHAUSTED. And, genius that I am, I reserved a campground in Rocky Mountain National Park tomorrow night (after the conference is over). I brought my tent – we’ll see how it goes. I fly home Sunday. I hate going to new parts of the country without seeing the best it has to offer, but I kind of really just want to go home.

Post # 21
6891 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was about 16 weeks or so when we flew to Seattle for our honeymoon. Was fine.  Doctors usually recommend not flying in the 3rd trimester anything before that is usually okay

Post # 22
1827 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I travelled to Chicago from Australia (a 29 hr journey each way) at 10 weeks with the return journey at 12 weeks and it was no big deal.  I didn’t have any morning sickness so the flight was no different to how it usually is when not pregnant.  I just drank more water and got up every hour or so.   We also went to Vanuatu at 14 – 15 weeks pregnant and that was totally fine too.   I travelled extensively up and down the east coast of Australia from 23 – 26 weeks and that was no big deal either.  

Basically, I wouldn’t postpone any plans on the chance you will be pregnant.  Each person’s pregnancy is different and you never know how you’ll feel.   Also, with your destination, you just have to be smart about it.  Vanuatu is a third world country so I was vigilant about not drinking the water or any drinks with ice, didn’t eat any raw fruit/veg unless it had a thick skin (i.e. bananas), and slathered on the bug spray as malaria occurs there and is of course best avoided at all times, but especially whilst pregnant.   If you go to Mexico and you’re pregnant, you’ll have to take similar precautions (not the malaria part) but it shouldn’t be a big deal.  

Post # 23
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I will not be traveling internationally anymore while pregnant! Last month I went on my honeymoon to Italy at 12-13 weeks. I thought I would be fine because I’d had not much morning sickness and wasn’t exhausted anymore. But the long flights were awfully uncomfortable, and it took me much longer than usual to get over jet lag because it’s harder for me to sleep well while pregnant. I also got a really bad stomach virus, which apparently pregnant women are much more susceptible to. The doctor couldn’t give me anything for it because of the pregnancy, and I worried because I wasn’t able to keep any food in for several days. It took me over a week to get my appetite back after I got better. I didn’t know pregnancy would affect my overall wellness so much. From now on I’ll stick to shorter domestic trips, or nearby places that aren’t too exotic or unfamiliar.

Post # 24
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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@Ree723:  Whew, you make me feel better about my upcoming trip to Mexico. So glad you had a good experience traveling in your pregnancy!

We had been TTC for several months and ended up booking our vacation to Playa del Carmen last week since we couldn’t put our life on hold for “what ifs,” and lo and behold, I got my BFP yesterday! I’ll be at 7 weeks during our vacation and crossing my fingers that all goes smoothly. We’re staying at an all-inclusive resort and won’t venture out much, but I will still be very careful with the food and water to be safe. I’m worried I’ll have morning sickness, but if I do, at least I’ll be sick somewhere beautiful? 🙂

Post # 25
1479 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I just got back from Hawaii last week- I am now almost 29 weeks pregnant. It was a 6 hour flight both ways, and I had no issue with flying. My doctor advised me to take a baby aspirin prior to boarding, drink lots of water, and get up as much as possible during the flight- I had no issues with swelling at all.

My girlfriend went to Greece with her husband, I believe she was 16 weeks pregnant at the time, and that involves about 22 hours of flights. Again, no issues, and she had a great time.

My coworker is 32 week preganant and just wrapping up a 2 week trip where she went to Mexico (Cabo area) and then flew straight to the Caribbean. Long ass flights, but she’s totally fine.

Please don’t put your life on hold because of hypotheticals (I “might” be pregnant, I “might” get sick from the water in Mexico, I “might” have morning sickness that makes flying miserable). You also “might” come down with a life threatening illness. You also “might” fall off a ladder and break your leg. My point is, go forth, live your life, and deal with things as they come. Get travel insurance if you’re concerned, but you should feel good about making your summer travel plans.

Post # 26
4038 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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@RubyCali:  Congratulations on your BFP, and I hope you’re able to enjoy your vacation!

For what it’s worth, I had some smell aversions, and I was tired, but my morning sickness didn’t really kick in until about 8-9 weeks.

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