(Closed) High Altitude Pregnancy/Babies

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My husband’s niece and nephew were both born prematurely with complications at 6000′.  (Not super high, but higher than many, I think.)  They were both sent down to Denver and were on oxygen for a little while – though that wasn’t due to altitude alone.  All the other kids I know though have been born without problem.  Don’t let the nay sayers scare you, it’s not a bit deal to supplement oxygen – assuming it’s even needed.  Your medical professionals will be well equipped.  There’s no need to stress.

My collegiate strength and conditioning coach of a husband also wants me to point out that the altitude will give your kids an edge up when it comes to athletics.  😉

Post # 4
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception

how high are you talking? I’m from Vail (elevation 8150) and my sister in law had her baby about six weeks early and she had to be taken by helicopter to lower elevation (Denver). I think there is an increased risk any time you travel or live in high elevation  but every pregnancy is different. I have plenty of friends who have given birth to healthy full term babies at high altitude, but the fact that my SIL had such a complication made me weary to travel home for a baby shower during my own pregnancy.

How long have you lived there? There’s really nothing you can do if that’s where you live- you just do your best to stay healthy and positive throughout the pregnancy. good luck:)

Post # 5
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’re at 6200 feet (well, our house is actually at 6300), and we had no complications from the altitude.  My doctor did warn me that babies are more susceptible to jaundice at higher altitudes, but we are not high enough to worry about respiratory problems.

I would be cautious of your altitude assimilation, though, especially while traveling in the third trimester.  At 32 weeks, I travelled down to sea level (it’s only 2 hours) and back home 2 days in a row for some training.  I had a very serious reaction to on my second day, and although I was fine within 24 hours, my doctor did caution me not to got that low again for the rest of my pregnancy.  From then on out, I stuck to altitude changes of less than 2000 feet per day, and I was fine.

Post # 7
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you can, take your time going down in altitude.  My doctor said my sickness probably came from going down and back up too quickly repeatedly.  If you take your time and allow your body to assimilate, you should be fine. 🙂

Post # 8
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We live at altitude and traveled back and forth between altitude and Seattle multiple times during pregnancy (and delivered in Seattle).  I was dyspneic when I got to altitude, but then adjusted pretty rapidly.

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