Post # 1
I know this is a very personal decision and no one will be able to answer it for me, however I’m hoping to hear some personal stories or opinions. Did you travel in your first trimester? What was it like? Has anyone’s doctor “No’d” their pregnant vacation plans?
My husband and I booked a trip to Hawaii 6 months ago for October 2019. We are beach people however we also enjoy hiking and a bit of adventuring.
We’ve been trying to conceive for a few months in hopes of getting pregnant early enough to travel in the second trimester, however that hasn’t worked out. We’re at the point where the trip is so close we’re torn on wheather or not to keep trying and potentially have to travel in my first trimester, or take a break on TTC for a few months until the trip.
My my main concerns with travelling in first trimester are 1. the long flights (it’s about 13 hours of travel for us) or 2. my doctor saying no and having to cancel. We have travel insurance but it doesn’t cover pregnancy and because we already booked the trip we can’t purchase any more that does.
Any opinions are so appreciated!
Post # 2
I flew twice in my first trimester, once to Chicago (5 hours) and to Germany (12-13 hours). The doctor said the only issues are:
1. If it is a Zika area which Germany was not and I do not believe Hawaii is, but there is a world Zika map online if you Google it.
2. You need to get up and walk around every 1-2 hours which is annoying for long flights and you can’t really sleep, but this is true for flying in any trimester so you get proper circulation in your legs and no blood clotting.
The only other concern for me was nausea, but I made sure I had a barf bag on hand, had an aisle seat so I could get up frequently, and always kept snacks with me cause hunger triggered my morning sickness.
Post # 3
temeculabride : Personally between morning sickness and wanting to sleep 22 hours a day I would not plan to travel in the first trimester… what a waste to go to a beautiful place and not be able to enjoy it! I would hold off.
Post # 4
ananoabee55 : I am currently 17 weeks pregnant. We actually took a trip to Hawaii in February, and waited to TTC until then. Some things to keep in mind.
1. Consistently through my pregnancy, I have to Pee ALL THE TIME. That would be super annoying on a long flight.
2. I have a lot of trouble getting comfortable, especially sitting. We did a 4 hour car ride it was super annoying. I was miserable and I wasn’t even driving!
3. I was never a big drinker, but I really miss having a cocktail now that it is summer. If I had to go back to Hawaii pregnant, I would feel a bit left out not able to have a drink.
4. I am not sure how strict you will be with your food, but I am very strict and asking weird questions about the food at restaurants, and skipping mid rare steak and sushi would be hard on a vacation like that.
5. I was sick consistently until 15 weeks. Travelling while nauseous sucks.
6. Remember the restrictions to your physical activity as well, my doc has off limits anything that I could fall and hurt myself doing. So for our Hawaii trip, we would have had to skip a lot of the hiking on small cliffs, climbing, scuba diving, horseback riding, etc.
I have to travel for work, and my doc hasn’t said no to that yet, but I will choose not to travel in my third trimester.
Post # 5
mel2 : hunting_bride : True to everything they both said!
For me, travel to Chicago was for work and I didn’t have a choice. My Germany trip with family was scheduled like 6 months prior, but at my age I was not able to hold off on TTC for another 6 months. I am already going to be 32 when I deliver this one which is my first, and we want two, so holding off for 6-8 months just for a vacation wasn’t reasonable. Sure I was tired, and couldn’t drink, but other than that it was actually pretty fun to be with extended in-laws and tell them I was pregnant in person. I had no idea how long it would take me to get pregnant and at my age, I wasn’t willing to stop trying for anything in the event we couldn’t get pregnant naturally in that time frame anyway.
Post # 6
So my sister found out she was pregnant in February, before a two week family trip we had planned to Hawaii in April. She was bummed out because we had booked a lot of things that she just wasn’t able to do based on many of the excursion company’s policy (obvious things like ziplining and biking down from Haleakala, but I also really struggled to find snorkel tours that allowed pregnant women and seemingly basic things). She could have just signed the liability waivers saying that she wasn’t pregnant since she wasn’t showing yet, but chose not to and that’s a totally personal call.
The stuff we were able to still do, she either was really nauseous (kayaking, sailing, hiking, even extended time in the car for Road to Hana) or was really tired and didn’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn when all these things were scheduled.
All that to say – it probably depends on what type of vacation you’re envisioning. If you are fine relaxing on the beach all day, I think it’s fine. If you really want to explore the islands and be out on the water a lot, that might be a different story.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2019 - City, State
I would definitely TTA until your trip. Maybe you could get pregnant in Hawaii? Just my opinion. I wouldn’t want to risk anything or be miserable during the trip.
Post # 8
ananoabee55 : This is so coincidental for me, because my husband and I are talking about TTC this year, but we’re also thinking. Taking a trip to Hawaii next year. I talked to my PCP about it at my recent appointment, and she said it would be fine. Traveling is fine in the first two trimesters and she said being pregnant in those early stages wouldn’t prevent me from anything. So, I’m still worried and thinking of delaying the trip or TTC, but according to the doctor, it’d be fine.
Post # 9
When I was 10 weeks with my first I had a work trip to Orlando, and my husband came with. We extended the trip and went to the FL Keys, to make it into a kind of “baby-moon” (this was pre-Zika). My doctor ok’ed it, and I’ve never heard of anyone’s doctor not ok-ing a trip in the first trimester (maybe if you were high risk?). I was pretty miserably sick the whole time though… But I don’t think that would stop me from trying. You never know how long it might take you to conceive and I wouldn’t have put it off a few months just for travel. We still had fun!
Post # 10
Course you can travel. My sister flew long haul to Canada at 8 weeks
Post # 11
Tough call! I would probably keep trying if I were you but you do run the risk of being one of those people that is super sick at any point during your pregnancy and super tired and the trip ends up being terrible. I went to Hawaii during my second trimester of pregnancy but we booked it when I was already pregnant so I had a general idea of how I would be feeling and it was good enough. For me, Hawaii is not a once in a lifetime trip. I think if it is a big budget trip for you, possible once in a lifetime that should make a difference as well. You might not want to risk feeling crummy.
Post # 12
I flew across the country from California to Florida at 10 weeks pregnant. I luckily was visiting close family and was able to share the news with them then bc I didn’t want to do anything while I was there. I basically read by the pool, snacked on crackers, and napped for two weeks.
I wouldn’t be worried about the flight (I took baby aspirin to prevent clots and got up to stretch/pee once an hour). But it’s the exhaustion I’d be worried about. Plus the lack of desire to do any of the AMAZING excursions Hawaii has to offer.
Post # 13
I was constantly nauseated (never threw up) from about week 6 until week 14. I was also exhausted. The only thing I wanted to eat was red meat and fruit. I would not plan any kind of travel (for me personally) in the first trimester. You may feel fine, though! I did travel in weeks 24-26 and felt great!
Post # 14
I went to Hawaii when I was about 6 weeks pregnant and everything was fine. But I had normal energy level and no nausea at that time, so it’s definitely doable. I didn’t do any extreme sports while I was there tho…the most activity I did was walking to dinner everyday which was about a 30 to 40 minute walk each way.
Post # 15
ananoabee55 : I am currently 11 weeks 5 days and have to say I would be miserable. Unfortunately you don’t know how pregnancy will go and what changes will take place. For reference any time I brush my teeth I vomit, I bought a new car and can’t drive it because the new car smell makes me awfully sick, I have headaches that come and go, and I’m constipated. I had terrible heartburn weeks 4 through 6 and my skin is dryer than the Sahara desert even though I lotion up daily. I don’t even have it the worst by any means and I’m still miserable. Add exhaustion on top of that. I never expected pregnancy to be like this but here we are. Good luck on your TTC journey though. I don’t mean to sound negative just wanted to share my experience as I’m currently going through it. Everyone is different and every pregnancy is different but you won’t know how yours will be until you go through it.