Dominican Republic at 35 weeks pregnant?
Wow. That's a toughie.
I'd not blink about a road trip somewhere, but overseas? Well...
What kind of support would you have over there if you needed it? Could you find a midwife you'd be comfortable seeing you if you felt off?
Honestly, I'd probably wonder if I was insane, but I think, all things being equal and baby and I were healthy, I'd go. I'd try to take it easy, etc. But, if the airline will let you fly, eh, you only live once.
If you do go (it's tempting! Although since this is my first pregnancy I myself won't be traveling after week 35), it's worth it to look into travel medical insurance as well as what health facilities are available near the resort. Most resorts are nearish to big cities, which have modern medical facilities available in case anything comes up, but more rural areas won't.
Also be aware of any current health issues, which you can find on the CDC website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/dominican-republic.htm
And while I'm usually very "meh" on the various pregnancy restrictions about food/beverage, I'd stick to them pretty closely in the Dominican Republic. No tap water unless you've made it safe to drink first, no unpasturized dairy, etc. Even if you eat raw foods here, your system isn't necessarily used to the bugs (good and bad) in another country's ecosystem.
Other than that, you're probably ok, and if I wasn't going to Florida next week I'd be jealous. :D
I have a trip to CA planned for Easter, but I'm not due until the end of May. (5-6 hour plane ride) My opinion is that if your doc/midwife says you are fine, your airline will let you fly, and you have looked into care at your destination should you need it then you should definitely go.
I agree with KM84.
First thing you need to do is check with the airline on what their restrictions are. Some will let you fly with a doctor's note, some won't let you fly at all after X weeks. And that means getting home as well as leaving, so take that into consideration. Find out what their official policy is, and then check with your OB/MW about getting a note, JIC.
I would definitely research any medical issues that may need to be considered. And only drink bottled/boiled water.
I used to watch Bizarre Foods, and he had a rule that he never drank/ate anything in a foreign country that contained unboiled water. That was a HUGE thing to keep him from getting sick while doing the show. And it worked fairly well.
I have the same dilemma. I'm in Europe but have a two-week trip to the states booked at 34 weeks, coming back at 36 weeks. Ironically my trip is to do a midwifery assistance course at The Farm in Tennessee - so, should early labour occur, I would be in very good hands! I talked to my midwife about it and she said that so long as I feel fine (and can get insurance and airline accepts me), then I should go for it. My main worry is that I'm just really uncomfortable and bloated on the flight. This is also my third pregnancy.
If I was feeling good, I would go! How exciting! Three tips:
1 - Buy trip cancellation insurance! It usually covers medical reasons.
2 - Bring a copy of your OB/midwife file with you. I traveled well into my third trimester last time and found that advice somewhere. That way if you need to get admitted somewhere (which you most likely won't!), they hopefully would be able to get a lot of information from the file instead of giving you a million tests.
3 - Don't get dehydrated on the plane - bring empty water bottles through security and fill them up before you get on the plane.
Also check into rules from your insurance company regarding if they will pay for your birth, if you travel more than 1 hour away from home past X number of weeks. Many have a clause, where if you are past a certain number of weeks, and you travel over an hour from home, they won't pay for the birth.
I just had a breakthrough moment!
Silly really, but I'm excited and wanted to share. I just got to talk to DH for the first time all day. He hesitantly asked me if I had made up my mind yet about going on the trip to. He said he really wants me to go and his co-workers keep asking, too. So I told him yes, I'd go, but secretly I still had a lot of doubt in my mind.
Then he mentioned that a sales guy going on the trip just found out his wife is 6 weeks pregnant, so I won't be the only one. YES! That did it. I guess deep down I was just really anxious about being the "odd man out" and unrealistically paranoid that everyone else there would be doing, eating and drinking all sorts of fun things that I can't and that I'd be be pitied or ignored. Now I feel like I'll have a BFF for the trip, even though I've never met her and, really, she could be horrible for all I know. But I'll worry about that later, along with the rest of the travel and insurance details. For now I'm off to go try on some of my summer maternity stuff!!