(Closed) How long before due date will/did/would you travel?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I took weekend trips (driving) about 4 hours up until I was 37 weeks pregnant. My midwife didn’t see a problem with it, but I had a healthy pregnancy with no complications. I think she would be able to travel up to 34 or 35 weeks, but that will partly depend on her doctor’s recommendations and how her pregnancy goes. Even if you change the date, it’s possible she won’t be able to come, but at least your in laws can come without being to worried about missing the birth.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would go with the earliest date you can after your school year ends.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Would she be flying or driving?  I was ok driving (but only about a 4-hour trip–1,000 miles is far!) up until about a month before.  Flying I could have done until 36 weeks but I was kinda over it probably around 34.  I travel pretty frequently for work so maybe it would have been different if I were an infrequent flyer. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@nhoh:

I think it’s so great that you guys are willing to reschedule your wedding for her. I think it’s kinda weird that Future Mother-In-Law does not want you to ask her. Who better to know their travel comfort level than her?? What does your Fiance think?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

You may need to ask your Future Sister-In-Law before you actually book it. Some doctors won’t ALLOW you to fly, and all doctors have a different date. My doc says you can fly up until the month before your due date, so I would guess around 34-36 weeks. But she might have some sort of complication that you don’t know about– even if it’s something simple like high blood pressure. If you don’t ask, you may risk changing everything and she can’t come. At least that would help his parents, because they could come to your wedding and then be there for her when she gives birth, but she might not be able to make it.

By the way– it’s very sweet of you to do this. i’m sure it’s a lot of aggrevation and frustration on your part, to change the date so close to the wedding. But it’s sweet!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hmm, I’m not sure she’s going to be able to come after May 10 at all. If she’s due in late June, that means that by mid May she’s going to be around 35 weeks pregnant. While she might get clearance from her doctor to fly that late in her pregnancy, I doubt she’ll want to. I know I didn’t. I think a 28 hour round trip drive is out of the question for an 8 months pregnant woman.

It’s nice you want to ensure that she’ll be able to come to the wedding AND your in laws will be able to both attend your wedding and be there for SIL, but I think the only thing you can guarantee is the latter. I would move your date up as soon as possible since by my calculations, she’ll already be 34 weeks by May 10. That way at least your in laws can come without worrying about missing the baby’s arrival. I don’t think there’s any way your SIL is coming to your wedding though. I mean, leave it up to her when you announce your new date, but I wouldn’t count on her willing to travel that close to the end.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ll weigh in here…I would really push for being able to ask her.  I was going to fly home at 28 weeks, but, due to blood pressure, my doctor won’t clear me.  I have one more check in 2 weeks before she says for sure, but she says it doesn’t look good.  There’s no arbitrary date, it depends on so many things.

And it is very sweet and considerate of you!  I hope you are all able to work it out.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Yep – gonna chime in with PPs, I developed high blood pressure too and couldn’t drive more than 30 minutes solo, per my doctor, after 34 weeks.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Trying to get clearance for your SIL during her pregnancy may be more difficult than getting her clearance after she’s given birth.  Have you considered moving the wedding back, instead of forward?  If you want a summer wedding, the end of August might be more feasible for her.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Another thing to consider – even if her doc okays travel, some insurance companies have their own rules. I know my coworker said her insurance wouldn’t cover prenatal care outside the service area if she traveled after XX weeks (I don’t remember exactly what). And she was in a similar situation you’re finding yourself in – her friends were getting married in Florida and she wanted to go and tried to justify going outside the insurance window. But ultimately chose to play it safe and stay home, just in case. I know I wouldn’t want a surprise $15,000 delivery bill just because I happened to go into labor early.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@Goldilocks1107 good point! I traveled at 27 weeks and had to purchase additional insurance. It wasn’t expensive but I did have to make sure I could get it in time.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Quietserenity: I agree. Ask Future Sister-In-Law.

And… babies at weddings rock. Can you push it back a month? We had several babies and a newborn at our wedding–one traveled from AZ to CA by plane with the new baby (and we got to meet her for the first time!)

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