(Closed) Camping while pregnant?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Is it ok to go camping while pregnant in the 2nd trimester?
    Sure, I went and it was fine. : (36 votes)
    47 %
    Not a smart idea. Been there. Done that. Wouldn't do it again. : (8 votes)
    11 %
    I wouldn't go camping even if I weren't pregnant. : (20 votes)
    26 %
    It depends. (please comment) : (12 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
    2638 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2006

    What kind of camping are we talking here? Intense hikes and filtering your own water and portaging a canoe? Or, like, pitching a tent and making s’mores at a site? I would’ve been just fine doing the latter pretty much at any point (I’m 32 weeks right now), my only concern would be hydration (I am drinking SO. MUCH. WATER.) and how frequently I’d be peeing in the bushes because I can’t hold my bladder for more than 45 minutes.

    If you’re talking about the first kind of camping, consider potable water, staying hydrated, and not lifting anything too heavy.

    Post # 5
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I would be concerned about all the times I have to pee in the bushes too. By the end of the second trimester, you’ll probably already have to adjust to a new center of gravity and I can’t imagine trying to balance a pregnancy tummy while squating and peeing. It’ll be a pain to constantly exit the tent at nights to use the bathroom.

    I would compromise and get a rustic cabin in the woods (with running water and toilets) and then doing some light, scenic hikes.


    Post # 6
    369 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I had a friend go in her 4th month – she left in the middle of the night because she was so uncomfortable sleeping.

    Post # 7
    3378 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’m already not a big camping fan, but I can’t imagine doing it pregnant.  If you have any issues with sleep, imagine how uncomfortable you’ll likely be sleeping on the ground in a tent. And, yeah, trying to navigate peeing in the bushes (or even in an outhouse or something at an established campground) with a belly seems complicated. I agree with @lilbluebird, if this is a tradition that your Darling Husband would be disappointed to miss out on, think about alternatives that would be more comfortable but would still allow you to enjoy the outdoors. 

    Post # 8
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    The second trimester is the golden time. You aren’t that big yet and the peeing thing actually isn’t out of control yet. You’re way past the nausea. I’d go. I’d just maybe bring something good to sleep on if you don’t normally.

    Post # 9
    4354 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m pretty uncomfortable at times just sitting on my couch at now almost 30 weeks, so I can’t imagine sleeping in a tent but I’m not a huge camper to begin with so I don’t have very much motivation to actually go. It’s definitely do-able if it’s something you have your heart set on. Just consider the frequency you’ll be peeing, your comfort when sleeping (bring lots of blankets, pillows and maybe an extra mattress pad or something) and be sure to follow proper food storage, handling and cooking guidlines so you don’t eat something that will make you sick.

    Post # 10
    170 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Can you bring an air mattress?  Other than a potentially bad night of sleep, sounds fun!

    Post # 11
    81 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’ve never been pregnant but I’ve been camping a lot. Are you going to physically be able to get up in the morning? Getting out of bed isn’t like getting up off the ground.

    Maybe make sure you’re near a hospital just in case something goes wrong. Now doesn’t sound like the time to be deep in the woods. What kind of water source are you using? Campground water or a stream?

    Post # 12
    2902 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I would go Glamping. Make sure you have a blow up mattress, comfy pillow and duvet. Great food, not just beans etc. Make sure you are comfortable and not roughing it too much 🙂

    Post # 13
    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    So long as it’s not really rustic, there shouldn’t be a problem.

    Post # 14
    9954 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I was a camper for a large portion of my life (from 0 to 50).  And I definitely camped (tent) while I was pregnant… but then I was a gal that didn’t have any complications… and after the first trimester (after morning sickness ended) up until about one month prior to my due date, I always felt fantastic… and so camping was never an issue for me say from Week 13 to 34.

    Lol, if anything, camping was a heck of a lot more fun… knowing that there was no period to deal with… camping trips and having your period, now that can really really suck, IMO.

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 15
    2968 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    my mom was camping when she went into labor with me, lol. her due date was still 6 weeks away and her doctor gave her the green light to go and just take it easy. but she lifted something that was too heavy and it caused her to go into early labor.

    as long as you take it easy, you should be fine 🙂

    Post # 16
    4518 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I don’t think there’s any particular health risk at all. It’s more that you might be uncomfortable, but then, you’ll probably be uncomfortable in your own bed, too! 🙂 

    The other thing is that you might be peeing all the time during the night, so you might have to get out of the tent and squat. 

    Those are the only things I can think of. I say go and enjoy it while you can — it may be a couple years before you go tent camping again!

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