Post # 1
Hello lovely bees!
My husband and I are TTC (starting cycle 5) but we usually take a vacation each summer, which we both really enjoy. This year we are considering Banff or Lake Tahoe, which would be lengthy flights as we are on the east coast.
Is this reasonable to plan for in the summer while TTC? If I get preggo as early as next cycle, will I be miserable? Just curious as to what travel is like in early-mid pregnancy and if I’d be biting off more than I can chew (we are both active and would like to hike, etc. while we are there).
Post # 2
krm1984 : If 3 more months pass, and you decide to stop “just in case” you feel crappy, would you regret it? It took us 9 months to conceive my daughter, and I would probably choose to keep going. You may be miserable in the first trimester, but would you regret it if you stopped trying for the 3 months leading up to it to avoid feeling crappy? FWIW, the second trimester is *typically* the easiest for most.
You may feel fine your first trimester, you may feel awful your entire pregnancy, you just never know.
Post # 3
krm1984 : I got pregnant right before a trip for New Years. We took two flights with a layover. The first flight was around 3 hours, and the second flight was an hour. It was a bit uncomfortable sitting so long, especially when the 3 hour flight was delayed and we sat in the plane for over an extra hour on the runway. But, it was nothing too miserable. I really haven’t had morning sickness though, but everything I’ve read says it’s most likely and the worst from weeks 6-9.
For me, I would continue trying, because TTC and getting pregnant in as short a timeframe was important to me.
I will say that for hiking and other more strenuous activities to be careful to take it more easy during pregnancy. I started spotting after walking 8 miles one day. So you do have to be more aware than when not pregnant.
Post # 4
It’s impossible to predict when you’ll get a BFP so I would either purchase the flights very close to the leave date (which would mean you’d be so early that hopefully you wouldn’t be hit by major symptoms yet) or buy in advance and be okay going while sick or losing the money spent.
My brother in law is having a destination wedding in the Caribbean and all our family bought their tickets far in advance to save money but my husband and I waited because we knew we were TTC (and the wedding was 12 months in the future at the time) and it paid off because now I’m pregnant and I can’t travel overseas at 7 months (how far along I’ll be) nor would I have been happy to lose all the money spent.
Post # 5
Buy refundable tickets.
I had nausea all the way through the first trimester, had a nice first half of second trimester and then ended up having issues and being classified high risk on bed rest from half of second trimester onwards. We had planned a trip and luckily everything was refundable.
Post # 6
Second trimester is supposed to be the best time to travel. So if you get pregnant soon, you’d probably still be good. First trimester really varies person to person. I was more tired than usual, but didn’t have the morning sickness, so I still could have traveled, but other people are impacted a lot by morning sickness and nausea. If you keep trying and want the trip, I’d take a pause in a month or two so you’re in the clear for your travel.
Post # 7
Thank you all so much for the informative responses! I’m 35 years old so we definitely don’t plan to stop trying, since my clock’s a-tickin, LOL. I think we will just throw around some ideas and have a destination “planned” and wait to buy tickets until well closer to the date we intend on leaving. Or in the alternative, get refundable tickets.
Thanks again! 🙂
Post # 8
I wouldn’t put a vacation on hold but I’d probably spend the extra money on refundable tickets just in case.
Post # 9
We took a pre-booked trip when I was 8 weeks pregnant. The flights were short, so that wasn’t much of a problem. But I had terrible nausea/morning sickness in my first trimester, which definitely put a damper on our vacation. I spent a lot of time in bed and when we were out doing things, I felt like crap.
I’m in my 2nd trimester now and I feel great. I would have much rather preferred to travel now as opposed to during the first tri.
Post # 10
krm1984 : echoing others – spend a little extra for refundable tickets. You have no way of knowing when you’ll get pregnant or how you’ll feel when you do! My first pregnancy I was tired but otherwise felt awesome most of the time. I took my last hike around 34 weeks! This time around I was super nauseous during the first trimester and I’ve been on restricted activity since week 16 (now at 20) due to complications. It’s all just a crapshoot.
Post # 11
It’s different for everyone. I traveled regularly throughout the first 7.5 months of my pregnancy and it was fine. I was barfy and tired in the first trimester but still took an international trip (12 hr flight) to visit family…it wasn’t the best time I’ve ever had, but doable, and I’m glad we went. Second tri was def the honeymoon of the pregnancy.
I’d wait until closer to summer to book your tickets probably, but in general my view on traveling while TTC, pregnant, and with young children is “let’s not stop living.” Life goes on, if travel is important to you then you can make it work, barring actual health issues of course.
Post # 12
krm1984 : I agree with everyone’s advice….keep trying but buy refundable tickets. I traveled several times in the second trimester and I felt great mostly! I would have struggled traveling in the first because I was so exhausted! With that said there is no way to predict how you will feel. Some people feel great the whole time! Good luck to you!
Post # 13
As long as I wasn’t planning a trip far out enough that I might be due, it was fine with me! I went to Sedona at 22 weeks and did hikes no problem.
Post # 14
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krm1984 : I agree with PP that I personally wouldn’t want to hold off on ttc for a trip but I also wouldn’t want to skip a trip where you may or may not be pregnant.
I’m 26 weeks now and I had pretty bad nausea/fatigue BUT I still managed to work full time and my coworkers had no idea I was pregnant! I think even if you travel in your first trimester, there’s a possibility you’ll feel fine or weather it fine like I did. You can always cut back on physical activity if that’s too much too.