Travelling during pregnancy… motion sickness?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Did you travel during pregnancy? Did you get sick?

    I don't usually get motion sickness but got it on the plane during pregnancy.

    I don't usually get motion sickness and was totally fine during pregnancy as well!

    I got motion sickness on a plane pre-pregnancy and did during pregnancy as well.

    I got motion sickness pre-pregnancy but was fine during pregnancy.

    I got sick on the plane but I also had morning sickness during that time so who knows what caused it

    I took medication and was totally fine!

  • Post # 2
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I haven’t had any morning sickness so far (in my third trimester now) and never struggled with motion sickness before pregnancy. We went to Europe on our babymoon while I was 21-24 weeks (flying from California). I was fine. Also took shorter trips to Vegas and Chicago during my first and second trimesters and was fine. Happy travels!

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I did not have an issue with motion sickness prior to pregnancy and haven’t had any issues while pregnant (with either flying or driving long distances). I would say early on I had some troubles with motion (more so watching dizzying things, not actually moving) but it was when I was a,ready horribly nauseous.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I flew during various stages of pregnancy (4 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 15 weeks, and 29 weeks… lots of work travel + the last one was a babymoon). 

    I never really get sick on planes, but in the beginning of my pregnancy (through the 15/16 week mark) I had REALLY BAD morning sickness. Somehow, I was always fine on the plane though… even though being in a car could make me nauseous.

    This last trip for our babymoon was a 7 hour flight to/ from Hawaii… and at 28/29 weeks really the major discomfort was turbulence making me need to pee more 😛 It was SO WORTH having the awesome babymoon though!

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee

    1. If you travelled during pregnancy, did you get nauseous or throw up on the flight? How long was the flight? I didn’t get nauseous or throw up. The flight was around two hours and then another two hours back. 

    2. Did you have morning sickness at the time? I didn’t. I was one of the lucky ones who didn’t get sick. I was around 5-6 weeks pregnant at the time. 

    3. Were you prone to motion sickness prior to pregnancy? No, but one time, I got sick while driving! I didn’t throw up though. 

    4. If you took medication during the flight (gravol, etc.), did it help? Didn’t take anything. 

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I had some mild nausea during the first trimester. Traveled at 26 weeks and had no issues.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    In my first trimester I got really motion sick in car rides but it let up in my second Tri. 

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee

    Never got motion sick during my pregnancy, and I flew a few times. It was just super uncomfortable. I also never had morning sickness and never threw up, so it never really was a concern for me. Just take some snacks and make sure you keep something in your tummy the whole time. 

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    I’ve flown a few times during this pregnancy (now 13 weeks) and was fine as far as motion sickness.

    I typically do have anxiety during flights in general, but it was nothing out of the ordinary for me.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

    I had bad nausea, though never threw up, early in my pregnancy. I have flown several times (at 4 weeks, 6 weeks, then again at like 22 and 26 weeks). The only thing that gave me motion sickness was traveling on a train in Portugal at ~5 weeks pregnant. I get mild motion sickness anyway, so all things considered, it wasn’t too bad.

    When traveling, keep some crackers/small snacks on hand and perhaps dramamine as well–that’s what saved me.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee

    I have never had air sickness prior to pregnancy 

    I took a four hour flight during my first trimester and got air sick. It was awful. I was having morning sickness during that time thou. Still planning to take a baby moon during my 2nd tri. We are only taking a 4 hour flight thou in case I get sick again. 

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee

    I used to get motion sick as a young child but grew out of it. It mainly happened on windy roads. I have had it recur in all my pregnancies, much to my dismay. I never threw up, just felt terribly nauseous. I have also had this happen on trains while pregnant. I have not flown while pregnant. I’d definitely recommend taking some anti nausea meds just in case. I’d take ondansetron (zofran) or Dramamine. Since you say gravol has worked well for you in the past, that sounds like a good option. I have read studies indicating if you had motion sickness before at some point in your life, it’s more likely to recur during pregnancy.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee

    I did have one horrible flight (felt nauseous) at 4.5 months with my first child, but it was also quite a traumatic time for me and I didn’t eat on the flight so that wouldn’t have helped. I flew 2nd pregnancy at 7 months with no issues. I also suffered from motion sickness as a child.

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