Has anyone flown overseas while pregnant?

Old Jul 10th, 2002, 09:08 AM
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Kylie: It's only 4 months until your big trip - wait until you get back to conceive. Why would you want to have morning sickness or any pregnancy complication while on a 3 week trip so far from home? And, if you're not pregnant, you can have a few drinks while on vacation, too. Personally, if I wasn't preggers now, I'd delay it.
Old Jul 10th, 2002, 09:39 AM
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Kylie, have plenty of sex NOW!!! Conception is a joy not to be put off. Do it nightly if you have to.
Old Jul 10th, 2002, 09:47 AM
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Hi Kylie,

Great question! You could be absolutely fine, but on the other hand you could be miserable.

I went to St. Bart's when I was 4 months pregnant and felt fine; however, I could not drink and some foods are off limits. I also felt kind of fat in my bathing suit! So, I didn't have as good a time as I might have if I had not been pregnant.

Since you have already booked your trip and you are not pregnant yet, why don't you buy travel insurance so in case you are too sick to travel, you will be covered (make sure you read the fine print of the insurance for coverage).

Have a great time!

Old Jul 10th, 2002, 10:04 AM
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JB, that's the best advice in this whole thread! Since you aren't pregnant yet but have already booked the trip, definitely buy some travel insurance. That way, if you get pregnant but are having any complications you can get reimbursed for any cancellation fees. Good luck!

P.S. However, if you are interested in a bunch of anecdotal stories, I did fly a bunch of times during the first and second trimesters of my pregnancy. It was for business and truthfully I would have rather stayed home. No serious problems, just discomfort and nausea.
Old Jul 10th, 2002, 12:18 PM
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I'm just starting my 3rd month right now, and I have to tell you, I've never felt worse in my life. No way would I want to go on a 3-week vacation right now. I am extremely tired all the time (usually I'm a 7-hr/night sleeper, but now I need 9 plus a nap if I can swing it), constantly running to the bathroom and nauseous most of the day. But, I also know plenty of people who have traveled a lot during pregnancy and been fine. Everything I've read states that air travel shouldn't have any adverse effect on a low-risk pregnancy (it will probably be harder on you than on the baby).

That said, the average couple can take up to a year to conceive, so it may not even be an issue. It will usually take at least 3 or 4 months. It took some friends of ours over a year, but we managed to hit it our first month - you never know.

If you do get pregnant and still want to go on the trip, be sure that you're prepared with plenty of water and snacks on the plane (I am starving ALL the time), and invest in some Sea Bands (accupressure bands for seasickness - they have been a lifesaver for me). Realize that you'll probably need to take it easy more than usual, so schedule time for naps and don't plan too many late nights out.

I know a few people who have travelled overseas (US to Europe), mostly when they were 5 or 6 months along, and they were totally fine. Good luck!
Old Jul 10th, 2002, 12:33 PM
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Everyones pregnency is different but whats typical is that moms-to-be generally feel better after the first trimester. I also felt tired and sick to my stomach the first three months and after that felt great right up till the last month.
Weird and wonderful things can happen when you start your family but if you're healthy and reasonably fit now, listen to your body and you'll be fine in almost any situation.
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 07:33 AM
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I travelled during all my 3 pregnancies between austria and usa and never had any problems, not even at 34 weeks.
make sure you keep walking around to prevent circulation problems and drink plenty of water.
since you are not pregnant yet maybe you want to wait to avoid problems and worries alltogether.you may not even get pregnant right away.
it's also nice to have a baby that was
"made in usa" - i have 2 out of 3
good luck and enjoy your trip - it's lovely here!!
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 07:37 AM
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Kylie, to be safe avoid flying after your first trimester.
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