Baby moon – when to travel? 35 weeks bad?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1387 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’d wait before planning so far out – by the time I was 35w I was in so much pain and so ready to give birth I wouldn’t have enjoyed a trip and least of all the car ride would have been hell! I’d go around 25-30 weeks.

Post # 3
9397 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m only 28 weeks tomorrow so idk what being 35 is like and I’ll leave others who’ve been there/done that to weigh in with more helpful advice. But I’d pass (especially if it’s a long drive). I’m due mid-March and we won’t be venturing too far from home once February rolls around. I was premature and so was my mom, so I’d feel much more at ease knowing our hospital and my OB are only 10 min away as my due date nears.

Factors I’d consider are: How long is the drive? Are there plenty of places for a tinkle? Will there be traffic? Crowds? Will your Darling Husband be too worried about you to enjoy himself? Is there a good hospital covered by your insurance nearby?

We went on our babymoon when I was 21-24 weeks and I thought that timing was great. We might also do a weekender in January that’ll be about a 1.5 hour drive each way.

Have fun whatever you decide to do!

Post # 4
1247 posts
Bumble bee

Yup, 35 weeks is too close to term to consider travelling too far from home. My first baby was born at 35 weeks exactly and I otherwise had a typical, uneventful pregnancy with no complications. she just decided that she was tired of cooking in there and came out early.

with my second baby, I was far too big and uncomfortable to have gone anywhere too far from home. I didn’t even enjoy going to the theatre to watch a movie. 

If you really want to have a nice vacation that you can enjoy, go mid way thru the pregnancy… that second trimester is great… you don’t have to pee all the time, your belly doesn’t get in the way sine you’re not all that big… and the pregnancy hormones make your skin all nice and glow-y 🙂 

Post # 5
1165 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

I had my first at 33 weeks, very unexpectedly, so that would have been too late for me.  With my 2nd, I was on bedrest at 35 weeks.

I’d personally go sooner.

Post # 6
1863 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I was so uncomfortable by 35 weeks I wouldn’t have enjoyed it at all. I’d go sooner if you can! 

Post # 7
3008 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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mama2bee71 :  We went to Hawaii (6 hour flight) when I was 34-35 weeks. No problems. It was my second pregnancy, though, so I knew what to expect and how I’d *most likely* be feeling. I had no signs of preterm labor (my first was born at 39 weeks) and my midwife gave the the go ahead. So I’d have no issue doing a trip then. Swimming feels amazing when you’re all huge. I think it just depends on how you’re feeling and your comfort level with being away from home. I’d do it, but every pregnancy is different. Best of luck!

Post # 8
638 posts
Busy bee

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mama2bee71 :  I feel absolutely miserable by 35 weeks and was on NSTs and weekly sonograms by that point.  It’s going to be far more enjoyable to travel around 20-30 weeks.  The nausea is gone by that point mostly and you have energy. 

Post # 9
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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mama2bee71 :  we went on our babymoon when I was 31.5 weeks. We drove (about 3 hours) too. I was uncomfortable then. It was still a very enjoyable trip, but sitting in the car that long and not being in my own bed for a couple days sucked. I would not have liked going anywhere 35 weeks and I was even more uncomfortable at that point. 

But, I also carried low and was quite large. It really depends on you, how you’re carrying, and what you feel up to. Good luck, and have fun!


Post # 10
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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mama2bee71 :  I’m currently 38 weeks. I took my last trip at 32 weeks. It was fun, but rough. I would have been absolutely miserable at 35 weeks. By 35, I was no longer sleeping, I was swollen, and I was waddling around haha. 

Post # 11
798 posts
Busy bee

How long of a drive is it? I’m currently almost 37 weeks and I’m still feeling wonderful so you may be too, just depends. The only thing is that I’m peeing pretty often since I’m drinking SO much water (and baby is pressing on my bladder) and for me, sitting in the car isn’t super comfy for long periods of time. An hour or two wouldn’t be bad but I personally couldn’t handle much longer than that. 

Post # 12
6890 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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mama2bee71 :  Nope I wouldn’t.  I had a normal pregnancy no problems, no morning sickness but yet my son still came as a preemie at 32 weeks.  

Post # 13
2917 posts
Sugar bee

I would reconsider. I was super miserable by then, too. The peeing constantly means you need to be near a bathroom at all times, even when you’ve just gone. Plus staying on your feet too long makes your ankles swell up like water balloons (if you were planning on doing anything besides lounging around). I had twice weekly NST tests at that point, and saw my OB every week. I wished I could just stay in bed until the baby was born, because I was constantly exhausted. Could you guys plan a trip somewhere else earlier in your pregnancy?

Post # 14
3250 posts
Sugar bee

I’d definitely try and go during the second trimester. 

I’m 32 weeks now, and a vacation sounds like the last thing I want to do. Especially sitting in a car or a plane. If I could transport there, I might be more tempted. 

But the pain is real, the aches are real, the swelling is real. It’s just ugh from here on out I think. Whatever it takes to let the little guy cook longer, but doing anything remotely far from home and the proven comforts of it at this point just do not sound appealing. 

From here on out, we’re close to home and doing a lot a downtime. It can take me 5 minutes just to get out of bed – rolling head starts are a way of life around here!


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