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#1 of 10 Old 04-29-2009, 06:21 PM - Thread Starter
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I thought this little excursion would be no problem, but the closer we get to it, the more stressed I become. Just as I hit the third trimester, DH and I are hitting the road for our last baby-free (relatively speaking) music festival in the high desert of California. I’m slightly worried about the drive through the desert, parts of which are unpopulated for long stretches (i.e. no hospital for an hour in any direction). I’m more worried about the heat at the festival with no air conditioning in sight. We might luck out and have temps in the 80s, but it has gotten up to 100 some years. I might have to be a party pooper and check into a motel 20 minutes away from the festival instead of camping, although I really hope we don’t have to do that. It would be such a pain to go back and forth (plus we can’t really afford it). I’ve seen pregnant women at this festival before, so I know it can be done.

Any suggestions for being pregnant and camping in the heat?

ETA- It might not be an hour in either direction. I'm trying not to worry to the point that I'm googling our route for hospitals and doctors, but that might make me feel better. There's a hospital close to the actual festival, so that is reassuring in case the heat does something bad to me...

Ack! I'm stressing too much!!!!

...but just seeing this in writing makes me feel better because I can see I'm overreacting.

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IME camping in third trimester is too much for me, although I am considering again this time since last year I was same gestation and said no LOL. But we will be camping up in mountains of NM, where it is cooler. My non negotiables are a potty seat and air bed. If I would possibly get very hot that would do me in, but others mamas have different comfort levels. I wouldn't worry about the actual drive, just drink plenty of water and get out to walk frequently. Make sure you car is in top form.

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There are pregnant women in every climate, so I don't think it's impossible. Plus, such a festival would have a doctor or medic team on site for emergencies, no?

When we went to Vegas a few weeks ago, my care provider stressed that I needed to drink lots and lots of water to stay hydrated when going from humid Texas to the dry desert. Your other issue would be sleeping comfortably, so I'd look at getting an air mattress and maybe a battery powered fan to blow right on you. Other than making sure you're dressing in cooler clothing and just staying hydrated, you really should be fine. Have fun!

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Make sure you bring something comfy to sit on!

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Originally Posted by notjustmamie View Post
Make sure you bring something comfy to sit on!

Oh yeah! I better make sure my camping/festival chair still fits my widening hips/pelvis. I might need a "big man's" chair like DH has, lol.

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I think you'll be fine. I'm going to see Coldplay at the Columbia Gorge in July and I'll be just about 6.5 months. My mom was really worried about me, but honestly I'll be with my family and I know there are medic teams there because it's a huge venue. It's also hot, dry desert area, but where I live in WA it is pretty much 100 in July, so I'd be pregnant and hot somewhere else too. I'm just bringing my snacks and stuff, I'm not sure about what they let you bring in, but I'll be bringing a lot.

I also am going camping a few weeks later but my sweet as pie MIL is letting us borrow her little motorhome, so we'll be really comfy.

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I think as long as you stay hydrated you'll be OK
For comfort, also consider a nice misting bottle to keep your skin a bit moist and help cool off.
If you are worried about breaking down in the desert without anyone nearby, just make sure you have the car serviced before you go, and have a cooler of drinks, etc with you just in case.
Enjoy the trip and the festival!

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Hydration, food and sunblock are your first priorities!!!! Getting plenty of rest is #2, as long as you listen to your body you will be fine.

Mind you I have been working at a festival (not musical), while it's not in the middle of the desert it did get up to 102 a few weeks back. I also have been camping there every weekend and my air mattress has treated me ok so far. I am 25 weeks now and I still have three more weekends to go and I think I will make it if I can just get over my stupid cold

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It's nice to hear from some other outdoor-loving mamas. I just hit my second trimester but we went camping and hiking last weekend in got into the upper 80s, which is pretty warm for here. I'm not sure how I would handle desert heat during pregnancy, but I did used to live in Phoenix, and I always found that heat to be more tolerable than the more humid heat back long as I could find shade.

So I would just add to wear a hat and carry an umbrella to make sure you are out of the sun. I'm not sure if this is grounded in science or not, but I really felt a lot more sensitive to the sun this weekend.

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I went to Burning Man in the Nevada desert when I was 28 weeks pregnant. We camped for a week & temps did rise above 100, but I did just fine. I spent most of my time in the shade, carried an umbrella when I was in the sun, & I brought a plant mister so I could mist myself- that was awesome. The only thing I regretted was not packing comfier bedding! EVery other year I'd been fine on pretty minimal bedding on the tent floor, but that year my giant pregnant body was sooo uncomfortable! I needed more padding on the floor.

Anyway, like a PP mentioned, there are pregnant women in every climate on the planet. There must be some kind of emergency medical team at this event? They'd be able to perform some of the basics you'd need in an emergency, like an IV if you were dehydrated & contracting. But really, I'm sure you'll be just fine!

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