(Closed) Travel @ 33 wks pregnant

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What would you do? (explination in OP)
    FLY - Forget about the cost, thats the price of comfort. : (6 votes)
    30 %
    DRIVE - money is important now that there's a child on the way, and driving wouldn't be THAT bad. : (11 votes)
    55 %
    OTHER - please explain below : (3 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5480 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    You may also want to check with the airlines as many of them impose restrictions on pregnancy and travel.

    If you do end up driving, could you break the drive up over 2 days instead of trying to go straight through?  Midway would be around… Virginia/North Carolina?  You can find inexpensive hotels along the way fairly easily.  That way you’d have a break, have a chance to get a good meal and a decent night’s sleep.

    Also, take a copy of your records with you just in case you have any issues during your trip.

    Post # 4
    Member
    1660 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’m 32 weeks and drove about 4 hours last weekend to a wedding. I had to do all the driving myself and I found it to be a little uncomfortable but very tolerable. It would have been easier if I could have been a passenger and could have stretched more. As it was, I had to stop and get out to stretch/pee at least 2x each way.

    The gas for an SUV isn’t going to be cheap for that long of a drive… plus meals along the way… maybe you could calculate those costs to see what the true difference would be. Will you need a car when you get to your destination? My sister flew to her shower last year at 33 weeks and flying at that point was fine with all the airlines she looked into… of course you should double check though.

    Ultimately, I voted for flying, but I think you could do it if you had to drive. 

    Post # 5
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    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @DaneLady:  Ditto; I’d drive.  

    That way you can get to a hospital quick’ish if anything goes wrong, and you’ll have a car so you can be on your own schedule.  And then, if you’re feeling awful, or god forbid, something goes wrong and you’re on bed rest or something where you just can’t go, then you’re not out on the plane tickets.  

    Break the drive up into 2 days, resting/walking as needed.

    ETA: If you do choose to fly, definitely get the trip insurance or refundable flights just in case.  I was put on immediate bed rest at 31wks through full term, and was unable to attend events during that time that had been planned, so I know from experience that anything can happen.

    Post # 6
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    7908 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I am 27 weeks pregnant, and I’d already rather drive. I have to fly next weekend and I’m not looking forward to it, but in this case it was cheaper and will take about 45 minutes in the air vs 6 hours in a car and DH needs the car while I’m gone (we share).

    Post # 7
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    9145 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Flying into Columbus or Atlanta?  Should be cheaper to fly into Atlanta from Philly or Newark, rent a car, and drive the final 2 hours to the base.

    The base may even offer a shuttle to and from Atlanta/Hartsfield Airport.

    Post # 8
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    492 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Can you take the train?  Might be the best option.

    Post # 9
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    931 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Either way make sure you buy compression sleeves for your legs!! (and take frequent breaks to walk around if you drive, or get up often if you fly).

    I voted for flying ultimately (less time sitting the better), but I think that ultimately you can make the choice based on your pocket book. I don’t think you HAVE to fly.

    Post # 11
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    9145 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    The train is nice.  I used to take Amtrak from Orlando to Jacksonville and if you get the business class car you can plus in your laptop and watch movies (and use the Internet if you have a wifi/network card.)  Plus you would be able to walk around.  The downside is that it does take just as long if not longer than driving.  Does the base offer transportation to and from the local train station?  Or can other family attending the graduation pick you up?

    Post # 12
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    1037 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    i am now 31 weeks pregnant and i would wanna drive. i am a good traveler though, and plane tickets are expensive and thats extra money to have around the holidays. if you need to, stop and make a little trip out of it.

    Post # 13
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    1660 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @MamaHusky3:  My SUV gets terrible gas mileage (10-12 mpg), so if the trip was 800 miles each way (1600 RT), it would cost me around $600 in gas. Then you have to consider tolls, etc. – it’s worth looking into… Hopefully your SUV gets better mileage than mine! If not, it might be worth renting a smaller car, though it wouldn’t be as comfortable. If you choose to fly, maybe consider Southwest? You can change without a fee (though you pay the difference) or cancel all together and at least retain the credit for a year (or two?) without paying more for the inital tickets.

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