Post # 1
Calling all experienced mamas! I could use some perspective from bees who have traveled during the 3rd trimester.
I’ve been offered an opportunity to attend a conference this summer and, while my boss will completely understand if I can’t swing it, I would like to go. I figure that once bub is here, traveling will be out of the question for a while and I really enjoy using the 2-3 annual travel opportunities I get through work to get out of Dodge for a few days. I’ll be at the end of my 34th week by the end of the trip. This is my first pregnancy, so I have no idea how I’ll feel (or whether I’ll fit in a coach seat–LOL!) by that time, so I’m not sure what I’m getting myself into. My other reservation is that I’ll be in Texas in late July toward the end of my pregnancy. Am I insane for taking even contemplating taking that on?
I’m obviously going to talk to my OB about flying at 34 weeks before committing to the trip, but I think it’s a lot more likely that I’m just setting myself up for misery than that I’ll go into labor 6 weeks early.
Have you done this? Would you do this?
Post # 2
helixthecat : How long is the flight? We drove a few hours to our babymoon at that stage and sitting that long KILLED me. It was so uncomfortable. Another consideration is will your insurance cover you if you go into labor, have a false alarm, etc while in Texas or will you be out of network?
Post # 3
I’ll be flying at 25 weeks and again at 33 weeks for a wedding. I wouldn’t say I’m looking forward to the second trip but I think it will be fine. I’m planning on wearing compression tights under my clothes and bringing maxi dresses out of fear of swelling due to the flight. I may ask doc for a note just in case airline gives me any grief but typically their policies are that it’s fine to fly until 36+ weeks and my understanding is that’s more due to the liability if you were to go into labor mid-flight. If you don’t have to commit right away you may want to wait and see how you’re feeling closer to. We drove 11 hours instead of flying 1.5 hours at about 32 weeks in my last pregnancy and I honestly think that was probably way worse, haha!
Post # 4
Yeah, I’d say it would depend on the length of the flight and how you’re feeling closer to the date. We went to a movie that was 2 hours and 40 minutes long toward the end of my pregnancy and it was TORTURE on my back.
Post # 5
Don’t have any personal experience (so far!) but I’ll be flying around 32-33 weeks for a family wedding. I’m planning on wearing compression socks and getting up and walking around as much as I’m able- luckily the flight is just under 2 hours.
Also, re. being in Texas in July…yeah, my due date’s at the end of July and I live in Houston so, not really anything I can do to get out of THAT one. Probably just planning on wearing a lot of flip flops and maxi dresses/skirts. Is it a conference where you’ll have to dress up? If it’s one where the hotel + conference space is all in the same building that will help since continuity of air conditioning.
Post # 6
LilliV : Insurance is another thing I’ll have to consider. There are hospitals in network where we’re going, but whether or not each service/provider is covered is up in the air I guess. I don’t know how much choice I would have over where I went and who treated me if I were in an emergency. And a non-covered NICU stay? Geez.
The flight will only be about 2.5 hours and I’m hoping they won’t give me any grief about getting up and walking the aisles a few times to prevent clots.
Post # 7
I am currently 34 weeks and I would be fine travelling. But every pregnancy is different so it’s hard to say. I had quite a bit of hip pain about a month ago and could barely walk, fortunately chiro and massages have helped this immensly but if I didn’t find a fix for the pain I wouldn’t have been able to travel. I am still quite small; gained about 15lb so far and would still fit fine in airplane seats. If I was a larger lady or gained much more weight I would likely be more uncomfortable. It is really impossible to say whether or not you’ll be comfortable enough to travel; I would book it and just make sure to purchase travel and cancellation insruance
Post # 8
helixthecat : we took a 12 hour car trip when I was 33 weeks pregnant– it was misery.
We took another shorter road trip (about 2.5 hours one way) when I was 35.5 weeks pregnant and we did a TON of walking. I went into labor the following week at 36.5 weeks! Both of those trips were uncomfortable and I was paranoid I was going to go into labor the whole time!
Post # 9
I took my last flight of my pregnancy at 32 weeks and it was fine (just a two hour flight). I probably would have flown domestically again at 34 weeks if it was something I really wanted/needed to do, but not beyond that. I started to getting a lot of anxiety once I approached full term, and didn’t even want to travel far from my house in case something happened. I remember we went on a two hour road trip a few days before I went into labor (at 38+5) and I was so incredibly anxious and angry for having agreed to that trip! But I’d thik at 34 weeks you’d be ok…provided you’re feling alright and everything is progressing normally.
Post # 10
I took a mini-break with my husband at 34 weeks which involved a 4 hour drive each way and it was absolutely fine for me (and I’ve back, pelvis and hip issues throughout my later pregnancy).
It’s worth considering how long your total journey door to door will be as 2.5 hours is just the flight but obviously you need to get to and from airports etc.
Also, I know two people who in the last year have given birth to their first children at 34 weeks so it is a real possibility (my husband and I had my hospital bags packed for our trip just in case).
Not sure how helpful that is, sorry!
Post # 11
I flew about 2.5 hours when I was 36 weeks pregnant with my second baby from the Midwest to Florida with my husband and our son for vacation. It was a direct flight, and aside from having to pee, I was fine. My OB did write a note for me (some airlines can ask if you’re cleared for travel), and told me to walk around mid flight. I had an otherwise unremarkable pregnancy, so it seemed like a fine idea (and was). I’d say, if you’re feeling good and get cleared by your doc, go for it.