International travel 29 weeks

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Should we go to Ireland?



  • Post # 2
    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: Backyard

    I travelled overseas for a week-long business trip at 30 weeks when I was pregnant with my first and didn’t have any problems. The flight was somewhere in the range of 7-8 hours and I just had to remember to drink lots of water to stay hydrated and was advised to get up and move around frequently – not a problem since I had to get up to use the bathroom at least every hour as it was! I did bring along a letter from my midwife indicating that they considered me fine to fly (just in case the airline asked) and I brought along copies of my pregnancy-related medical records just in case something were to happen and I needed medical care while we were away.

    I would say that the biggest factor is just how you are feeling at that point in your pregnancy, it can be so different from one person to the next!

    Post # 3
    1155 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    How far along are you now? When did you agree/get asked to be part of the wedding? 

    I don’t have experience with travelling at that stage in pregnancy (I’m 23w) but for me personally, I would skip. First, that’s a pretty hefty amount of money and while $4000 means something different to every couple, that’s just way more than I’d be comfortable spending on a trip that wasn’t something DH and I were 100% in control of. Also, I’d prefer to have a little extra cushion in my savings between medical out of pocket birth costs, covering unpaid parts of maternity leave and buying baby essentials.  

    I flew to Ireland last year and the flight certainly was not horrible, but long enough that I probably wouldn’t do it pregnant because you’d be advised to get up hourly, stretch your legs etc. You’re at higher risk for developing blood clots and the long flight increases that risk. Plus another 5 hours in the car? No thanks. When we were in Ireland the longest we drove in a single day was maybe 4 hours and even not pregnant it wasn’t fun (maybe I’m just a sucky road tripper though). Making extra bathroom stops and again, stretching your legs over the course of a 5 hour drive sounds miserable. 

    Post # 4
    9485 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Up to you. I was still feeling pretty good at 29 weeks, but there’s a history of preemies in my family, so DH and I didn’t want to be too far from my OB/hospital after I hit the 28 week mark. But that was really just out of an abundance of caution on our part. If you go, definitely get an aisle seat and if you can swing it, I’d try to go first class. The extra room would be great for a long flight. And take lots of potty pit stops on the 5-hour drives.

    Post # 6
    41 posts
    • Wedding: May 2014

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    @ lilceeja124   Best thing to do is check with your OB. Mine has told me as long as the pregnancy is normal and healthy that I could travel international up until 32 wks. However, I think the big thing here is you said you can’t afford it financially with a baby on the way now. I’m sure your friend could understand that once you tell her your expecting. You don’t want to put your own family in a financial hardship. 

    Post # 7
    3597 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    This will really depend on how you feel.

    i had to fly for work at 7 and 9 weeks pregnant and had a horrific time (and they were only short hops to Amsterdam and Geneva) by 27 weeks I had a bleed that landed me in hospital and on practical bed rest for the rest of the pregnancy. 

    There was nothing to suggest the bleed would happen earlier on and it couldn’t have been prevented. 

    For me I wouldn’t travel far during my next pregnancy… but I did not pregnant well

    Post # 8
    664 posts
    Busy bee

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    @ lilceeja124   just wondering where the wedding is in Ireland cause there’s not many place that are a 5 hour drive from anywhere on our little island. 

    This may be something you’ll have to wait till closer to the event to make a decision on. Just as I don’t think it’s really possible to know this far in advance how you’re going to feel. 

    Post # 9
    313 posts
    Helper bee

    I was going to ask the same. I cant think of anywhere in ireland that is 5 hours from dublin airport.

    Post # 11
    3196 posts
    Sugar bee

    I’d do it and buy travel insurance that covers cancellation. That way, if you run into any pregnancy complications, you don’t just lose the money. However, I’d work really hard to turn it into a baby moon and trip that meant a lot to hubby and me.

    Post # 12
    313 posts
    Helper bee

    That is about as far away from dublin as you can get, but you would still make it in under 4.5 hours. Or have you thought about flying into shannon, it would be under 3 hours from there?

    Post # 13
    3173 posts
    Sugar bee

    Maybe with travel insurance like PP suggested. You’re a long way from 29 weeks and a lot can happen. Personally, I had a great pregnancy until 28 weeks. 

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