Pregnancy and Altitude

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Hi. I just read on the what to expect book that going to high altitude places is not a great idea unless you’re used to it or live in a high altitude place already. Having said that I strongly encourage you to ask your OB. Good luck! 

Post # 4
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would ask your doctor. The air is thinner. If you don’t feel well at home, esp dizzy, faint feeling, weakness, I would not go. It is also much easier too become dehydrated, so if you do go to CO, make sure too drink tons of water, and really take it easu

Post # 5
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was 16wks when we went to Denver to visit DH’ s mom. I was exceptionally tired but I don’t think there was any other effect.

Post # 7
4518 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@persefone:  I don’t have personal experience with altitude and pregnancy, but we took a family vacation to Utah when my sister was pregnant, and we were also around 8000 feet. She was fine, just more winded than the rest of us. 

Obviously go with what your doctor says, but you should be good. Just take it easy & drink water.

Post # 8
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I went to Quito, Ecuador (9,200 ft) for 5 days when I was 7 weeks pregnant.  My doc said it would be fine in early pregnancy since the baby doesn’t put as great a toll on your oxygen supply.  I live in South America so docs are a little more easy going about altitude since people travel regionally so much.  

I felt fine while I was there but could tell I was winded walking up stairs.  I focused on staying hydrated and had no headaches or dizziness. I did loose my appetite somewhat but just made sure to eat regularly.  

Everyone is different so talk to your doc and do what makes you feel comfortable!

Post # 8
2905 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My OB cleared me to go to Denver and Colorado Springs when I was 15 weeks pregnant. I’d double check with your doctor but it’s probably fine!

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