(Closed) Calling all 29-ish week pregnant ladies (or those who remember it well) travel?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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priyawouldntwannabeya:  Hi! I traveled from Alaska to Hawaii at 28 weeks and I was 29.5 weeks on the way home. It was a 6 hour plane flight followed by a 45 minute flight. It was fine. The hardest part, for me, was just being hot in Hawaii! I am a huge wimp in hot weather anyway adn being preggo made me wimpier. I just wanted to sip ice water in an air-conditioned room or pool all day…and we were camping out in a camper van with no A/C. Seriously, though, it was fine. I got up frequently on the plane and drank lots of water and juice. I brought snacks for myself since I feel hungry all.the.time. I also got some compression socks and put them on right away so I wouldn’t get cankles (which I would sometimes get even before I was pregnant on longer flights). They helped a lot. Anyways, I’m so glad we took our vacation, and the timing was fine! It was so nice to relax, spend quality time together, talk about the baby, talk about other things, eat nice meals out, etc. I totally recommend taking a trip and I think 29 weeks is a fine time to do it. I would go again in a second, even if I was farther along (I’m 32.5 weeks now and would still feel comfortable going). The midwives I see also saw no problem with it but I have had a low-risk pregnancy so you never know.

PS I also have a friend who traveled to Fiji and New Zealand (from Oregon) when she was about 28 weeks- no problems. Another of my friends traveled from Alaska to Mexico at 28 weeks with no problems, either. They were my inspiration!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I am 28 weeks now and would really dread a long flight. I’m starting to get more and more easily tired. But as you can see from me and PP, each pregnancy is very different!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I stopped even short flights at 30 weeks because I was totally exhausted and uncomfortable – my last flight at 30 weeks was an hour long and I was totally done at that point. Everyone is different though – it would be really hard to make that call. I would only agree to travel in the third tri if it was something that I absolutely couldn’t miss, like my sister’s wedding or something. 

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priyawouldntwannabeya: Always check with your doctor/midwife first. I think this really depends on your comfort level. And I don’t necessarily mean your possible anxiety flying, I’m talking about the possibility of your legs, rear-end, back, and other extremeties aching and falling asleep on you, especially on a cramped plane. You’ll probably be ok at 30 weeks, but just keep that in mind. Bring pillows or if you can swing it financially, see if you can upgrade to first class to try and make it more comfortable.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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priyawouldntwannabeya:  I totally would have done it. I felt my best during the end of my 2nd and beginning of my 3rd trimester. I was just a little slower and ate and rested more than usual. I went to Belize at 22/23w and traveling was a breeze. I just drank a lot of water and made sure to get up and move around during the flight. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I travelled on a 3 hour plane ride at 30 weeks and didn’t have any trouble. My doctor was completely okay with it too. I just made sure to drink lots of water and get up and walk around a lot during the flight. As the PP said, my main issue was the heat. I found myself very sensitive to the heat and humidity. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’ll be 29 weeks tomorrow and I’d totally do it! 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I turned down attending a wedding that was a 5 hour plane ride away because I would have been 30 weeks at the time and I now regret it. I felt fabulous and by the time I realized I could go, flights were $1000. I felt my absolute best between 24 and 34 weeks. The last 6 weeks would have probably been a bit uncomfortable sitting for that long.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I did a medium length flight at 29 weeks.  Sitting for that length of time in a small space hurt my back, but it really wasn’t that bad. If you got up and moved around it would probably be better.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I took a 9 hour car ride at 30 weeks and it was a little rough. I would definitely recommend buying compression socks and drink lots of fluids to keep the swelling down. Maybe even bringing a pillow to help support your back? I did the same trip at 33 weeks and it was a little worse (but it was also a lot more humid!) If you can choose your own seat on the airplane, I would recommend trying to get one closer to the bathrooms. 

As far as the actual vacation itself, just make sure people know that you might need to rest frequently. 

Like all the pp’s said though, every pregnancy is different and every woman feels different! 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m 31 weeks tomorrow and I’d have no problems whatsoever traveling that far at 29 weeks, or even now! It’s up to you though and your comfort level 🙂

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m just over 29 weeks now and in the midst of a coast-coast US trip. My doctor cleared me to travel with no restrictions up to 33-34 weeks (so check with yours first). 

The flights themselves kind of sucked…it’s hard to find a position that’s comfortable for that long – my ribs seem to be bearing the brunt of the discomfort. I flew 5 hours to my layover then another 2 to get to my final destination. I just drank a lot of water, made sure to have an aisle seat, and got up to walk around and stretch frequently. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I flew 4 hours at 29 weeks and had a week long holiday and it was great. I’m really glad I did it. My midwife encouraged me and I had no troubles other than being a little tired and going to bed early each night – which was the same as at home!

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