- 2 years ago
- Wedding: May 2017
It’s so hard to say – everyone is different. During my first trimester, I had almost zero nausea, just occasionally suddenly felt like I was dying if I got too hungry. Week 14-17 I had a few first thing in the morning bursts of nausea and threw up, but otherwise was good. I was exhausted the first two trimesters, but I could still have had a good time in a trip. My friend actually lived this – Hawaii from 11-13 ish weeks, and she was super sick basically the whole 9 months, including during the trip, but she still had a good time. Maybe skip a month if it would put you at 9-10 weeks during your trip since that’s often the peak/worst of sickness for people? But if you were 11-12 weeks you might be feeling better/6-7 not feeling sick yet…
We went to Hawaii in my second trimester. I was still throwing up on the regular – just book your seat in advance in the aisle, and let the flight attendants know that you are pregnant. Was puking on the plane in turbulence fun? No, but we made it and it was fine. We wanted a beach vacation and Hawaii was the only zika-free place we could find.
I say go, and just plan on a lower-key holiday than you might otherwise take. All restaurants have mocktails, and neither snorkel tour company we went with had a problem with me being pregnant. We did one with a big company and one with a very small one, both on Maui. We still did some hikes, although we took them slower, and went up Haleakala. You’re pregnant, not dying, so live as much as you can before your little one arrives!
Much like every said, every pregnancy/person is different. I’m currently 27 weeks and going to Hawaii would’ve been fine (no nausea/extreme tiredness). Maybe it’s genetic how pregnancy affects you? That’s probably incorrect, but I’m just pondering out loud because my grandma, mom and 3 sisters all have had easy going pregnancies. Actually, I just looked it up and a quick Google scan shows some articles saying it’s hereditary.
ETA: disclaimer – not that that makes my wild statement correct lol
I say go for it! I found out I was pregnant (we were trying) right before we left to go hike the Inca Trail in Peru. I was 8 weeks when we left. My midwife did an early ultrasound and gave me the okay to eat civeche and hike the 28 mile trail. I was lucky and flew up the mountain like it was nothing. The guide was also 8 weeks pregnant and dying even though she had done it so many times before. So I guess it could go either way.
With my second, I got pregnant on our trip to Europe. If I were you, I’d keep trying! Morning sickness on the beach is better than morning sickness at work… I would imagine. I got lucky and didn’t have it with either. Good luck either way!
I traveled fairly extensively though all three of my pregnancies (mostly for work) until about 35 weeks. My OB was only concerned about my flying late in my pregnancy and as others mentioned, encouraged me to walk around on long flights or wear some compression hose. As others mentioned, I too was really sick until about 16 weeks and flying long cross country trips was as bit of a challenge (I did it- but I felt miserable), so there’s that to consider. Otherwise, I would t alter your plans. You never know how long it will take to conceive, and honestly, first trimester is probably the best time to travel (before you get uncomfortable) so long as you’re not totally ill. Good luck! Hawaii sounds fabulous!
Thank you SO much for the responses everyone! This is so helpful.
I think a good plan might be to keep trying ahead of the trip but to skip August (which would put me at 7-8 weeks). July would put me at the start of the second trimester and September id only be about 2-3 weeks.
Is it doable? Yes…unless you have HG or something. Is it going to be enjoyable? That’s harder to say. I traveled to the Middle East (14 hrs of flight time) in my first trimester to visit family, and it was manageable, but I didn’t have a great time cause of morning sickness.
I was in the early stages of pregnancy when we was on holiday in Sardinia and I was miserable the whole time because I was so sick.
Honestly I would wait for the trip to pass and then TTC and enjoy a nice holiday sans pregnancy
Even the start of the second trimester you can have morning sickness. I had MS until 12 weeks and 17 weeks. The best you’re gonna feel is probably 20-24 weeks after MS has mostly passed and you’re not too big.
This thread is super helpful to me right now too! After a very long medication taper process I am finally medically safe to TTC and it’s ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT, but DH and I planned a road trip in the end of August for our 5 year wedding anniversary and I am so afraid to drive 25 hours in early pregnancy if we got lucky. But it’s also SO hard to wait anymore. All these answers make me think it’s probably wise to wait though… Good luck to you guys in your decison and in trying!!
We’re in Hawaii right now for our honeymoon and I can’t imagine enjoying myself as much if I was pregnant!
Honestly there is just no way of knowing until you are actually pregnant, everyone responds to the hormones differently. I know plenty of people who were sick as a dog and couldn’t function, while others were fine. I had some slight nausea the first few weeks but I was never ill or throwing up. Mostly I was tired and had to take a nap at 3pm everyday..haha.
Honestly I would think a beach vacation would be fine, unless you’re wanting to go do extreme sports. You obviously aren’t going to be scuba diving while pregnant. I’ll be honest though, at 7-8 weeks I’d still go on a small hike or even zipline. I’d just sign the wavers. With ziplining you’re harnessed in and at no point did I ever feel like it would have done any harm had I been pregnant.