How hard is it to travel while pregnant?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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Even if you got pregnant right away you wouldn’t be more than like 5 months along. You’d be fine.

 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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Westwood :  +1. We traveled abroad pretty extensively through my second trimester and it was fine. Our longest and farthest trip was 3+ weeks in Europe when I was around 21-24 weeks.

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Bee Keeper
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I haven’t been pregnant but for the most part during pregnancy you have to get on with everyday life, go to work, socialise, chores etc so I can’t imagine travelling would be that difficult unless you had severe morning sickness.

Post # 5
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Honey bee

I have traveled at all stages of pregnancy, including an international trip. It really doesn’t matter…I mean you’re not really doing anything physically different between sitting in a seat, walking, sleeping, etc. The only difficulty I had with international trips was avoiding certain foods. I was in France and had to avoid a lot of cheeses and undercooked meats. It was a bummer, but that’s it.

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mkbee :  after my first trimester I felt fine so traveling wouldn’t be a big deal. We did a babymoon by car at 33 weeks and I did need to stop a little more frequently just to stretch out my back but otherwise fine. First trimester I was an exhausted blob and travelling would have sucked. 

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Bumble bee

I just got back from Hawaii, I’m 28 weeks and live in Chicago. It was a 9 hour flight and honestly, I wouldn’t do that again! I was so uncomfortable and my legs swelled up a lot! (Even with compression socks) I think that late it was simply too far. 

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Bumble bee
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Not as far flight-wise, but I just travelled at 18 weeks and had no issues. As long as you get up hourly and stretch your legs and be sure to stay hydrated, the flight should be ok. Also as PP mentioned, avoiding things in your destination (food, activities etc.) I went to Disney World so couldn’t do the big coasters/fun rides, but otherwise it was like any other trip for us. I was lucky enough to not be plagued with awful morning sickness, but I was SO tired the first 13 weeks. That would have been my only concern, where you could potentially be in your first trimester when travelling and you may just feel like utter crap, nauseous, food aversions, fatigue. But every woman is different symptom wise and you don’t know for sure IF you’d be pregnant, or how far along, so I’d just plan it 🙂 

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Blushing bee
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Unless you were having complications with your pregnancy, I wouldn’t see it as a problem at all. I travelled to Austria (from Toronto) for a week and a half at about 30 weeks and it was perfectly fine – except for the bit where my husband and I were having our anniversary dinner in Vienna and he had ordered a glass of a very nice Reisling and I couldn’t have any – that was distressing. In all seriousness, though, the only thing I did differently on that trip was to pay more attention to drinking lots of water on the plane and making sure I got up every hour or so during the flights to walk around a bit.

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Sugar Beekeeper
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Depends on how pregnant. I wouldn’t have wanted to travel in my first trimester cause I felt shitty. 

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Newbee
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mkbee :  All my family is in Russia (a 25hr flight away) and I’m shuddering just thinking about that flight, pregnant or otherwise. Everybody’s different. I can’t sleep on the plane, and the very drastic change of time zones + no time to chill because my relatives all want to see me is very stressful for me. In 2016 I flew there twice, and only for 10 days both times, so yeah, lots of stress. Definitely wouldn’t attempt that while pregnant. 

But if you can sleep on the plane and have time to adjust to the new time zone and enough opportunities to rest if you need to, why not? You should be fine. Please tell my family I’m waving at them from across the ocean laughing

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I would absolutely hate traveling during my first trimester.  Currently in the midst of it and with the frequent nausea and extreme fatigue traveling, or sitting on a long flight would just be awful.  So time wisely.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I was mostly fine until 28 weeks. I’m so uncomfortable right now. I had some hip discomfort when we drove three hours starting at 24 weeks. Like you said, everyone is different though! 

I wasn’t sick at all my first trimester and flew when I was a few weeks pregnant with no issues. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

I didn’t have terrible morning sickness, but the flight still made me quite sick because the pressure changes and turbulence (even though it was really light) at 6.5 weeks. I’m sure it’d be about the same or worse later in first trimester. 

We’re flying transatlantic while I’m 26 weeks. I’m just nervous about space.

Since you would likely be really early on, I’d say you need to consider MS and your lowered immune system. I’ve a friend who has been sick three times in the first three months with colds because pregnancy makes you more susceptible. So a 20+ hour journey with challenging sleep/time zone/schedule could make it worse. You’re still likely to be first tri too, so that could compound your ability to stay fed/watered to fight off illnesses.

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