(Closed) Road trip during third trimester?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Commenting to follow – I’m curious too 🙂

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I wouldn’t. Too much room for error, 8 hours in a car sucks without being pregnant and I would never be that far away from my hospital that late in the game. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think its doable… maybe.  I went to Costa Rica with Darling Husband last week and I was 26-27 weeks at that point.  We rented a car, and had several long travel days with 6-7 hours in the car.  I’d say my bladder was the biggest issue.  I didn’t really drink enough water to stay hydrated because I didn’t want to be peeing every 30 minutes, and of course I still had to go every hour or so.  In Costa Rica a lot of the roads weren’t paved either, so that made for a bumpy ride that was uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be an issue for you in the U.S.  That being said, I’m just at 28 weeks now, so not sure how I would feel, or you for that matter, at 30-31 weeks.  

Post # 7
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I travelled Toronto to Montreal, which is about 6hours, at 33 weeks. It was totally fine for me. We stopped 2-3 times, which I needed more for stretching than the bathroom. 

The only thing that was annoying was the seat belt on my belly, but I found a comfortable position after a bit.

I think it’s totally doable if you go at a relaxed pace with planned stops. Bring some snacks and a pillow and enjoy the scenery:)

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I did a 6 hr road trip when I was 33 wks. As long as you get out ever 1 1/2-2 hrs to use the bathroom and walk around, you should be ok. You need to be careful about bloodclots in your legs from sitting idle for long periods of time when pregnant. I would also get on your computer and map out hospitals along your route just in case. Stay hydrated and bring light snacks to help with motion sickness. Good luck! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I just went on a roadtrip with Darling Husband to GA last weekend, I live in south jersey. I was 33 wks. Its a 14 hr drive that ended up taking us about 16 hrs instead with all the stopping. One way. Even with stopping, I was still more uncomfortable than I expected, and I did go into it expecting to be uncomfortable. It is definitely doable, but if I had to do it again, I might have leaned more towards coughing up the money for a plane ticket instead of driving. My feet still swelled up from all the sitting I think and my hips n back hurt more than usual. But it wasn’t completely unbearable.

. ETA – but if your splitting the drive between two days each way, that might be way better than driving the whole distance in one shot.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

At 33 weeks, I was in a wedding 5.5 hours away. The drive was unbearable. Seriously. I cannot imagine 2 days. At that point, my OB wanted us to stop every 30 minutes so I could walk abound… 30 minutes! We didn’t quite meet that standard, but we did stop a lot. And you need to really get up and walk some, not just go pee real quick and hop back in the car. Can you fly?

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@iheartnerds:  I flew at 29.5 weeks. It was easy peasy.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro

I’d fly if you can! I think it would be one thing if you had one 8-hour car ride; it’s a different thing to have two 8-hour car rides two days in a row. You might find that sitting that long — even with breaks — gets pretty uncomfortable. And you will have to do that twice!

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I flew across the country (3 plane flights) when I was 32 weeks. My OB was totally fine with it, and I didn’t even really get uncomfortable the whole time. I don’t think driving would have been much worse, but maybe. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

do it ! you should be fine, enjoy yourself !

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