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Hi all,<br><br>
DH and I got married in March and never took a honeymoon. We were going to try to squeeze one in after the semester ended (we're both graduate students), probably in early January. Well, now I'm pregnant, and will be at 31 weeks just before our trip (tentatively to Curacao in early January) starts.<br><br>
I have a few concerns about this trip, and really wanted to hear from mamas who've done this. Is it even fun to travel at 31/32 weeks? Will I just be uncomfortable the whole time? How limited will my mobility be? Will I enjoy the trip?<br><br>
I'm also worried about any complications with the pregnancy that may arise. It's been very difficult to find any travel insurance that will cover complications of pregnancy after 28 weeks. Does anyone have any advice on this? (Finding insurance, or the likelihood of complications in an otherwise unremarkable pregnancy)<br><br>
We were really hoping to squeeze in this babymoon before our lives get upended by the new LO, but the more I think about it, the more nervous I get...<br><br>
Thank you kindly for your thoughts.
 

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I didn't have much trouble with travel.<br><br>
With DS1 (baby #1) I was doing Synchronized skating. We did a competition up in Canada when I hit like 36/37 weeks. I road in a car for about 10 hours each way with no issues. Except on the way there, we went through some rural areas of Canada and everything closed up about 6 or 7 pm and no place to stop and go potty.<br><br><br>
With DS2 (baby #2) I was about 30 weeks along and flew. I did have a few issues when we left our local town in the plane. For some reasons, I got very hot and felt like I was being smothered. It only happened on the very first flight I took, all the others in the trip were just fine.<br><br>
I also had uncomplicated pregnancies.<br><br>
Since you are going out of country, double check about their water quality. Also, I would get a copy of my records from my OB just in case there is a problem and you need to be seen while gone. A lot of times under these circumstances they will make you a copy free of charge or at a very low cost to have with you. They may also know someone in the area for you to be seen by if something should come up.<br><br>
Good luck and enjoy.
 

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Thank you for the reply. I did check the water quality, and it seems to be fine for Curacao (all water is from a desalination plant). I also have a UV-light pen that pretty easily sterilizes water in case backup is needed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I have heard the story of women in late pregnancy feeling like they are suffocating on some flights--I wonder what causes it? The change in pressure? Do you know if there is any medical risk that accompanies this feeling?<br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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First off, I'M JEALOUS!!! Getting out of town once more before the baby is born was on my list but it just never happened...I hope you can make it work - you deserve it!<br><br>
Be sure to check with the airline about their travel restrictions for pregnant women. I flew at 27 weeks and know it wasn't a problem...I'm thinking most airline don't restrict travel until you're 35 weeks, but be sure to check.<br><br>
I felt hot and nausous on one flight and just wanted to eat ice. It really helped for some reason.<br><br>
I think that if you're generally healthy and are feeling good now, you should be fine physically. I was pretty huge at 31 weeks and didn't feel physically uncomfortable at all. Plus, swimming in the ocean will be wonderful! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Ruby2, thanks for the words of encouragement! We are really excited about the possibility of one final vacation on our own. As far as I can tell the airline doesn't restrict flight until the last month of pregnancy (or so it says on the website).<br><br>
I am <i>really</i> glad to hear that you think it won't be too uncomfortable! We would really like to take this trip, but don't want to spend all of our money if it won't be fun for me. So, it's good to hear that you weren't uncomfortable! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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For insurance, check out Travelex and see if they would cover you. Their prices aren't too bad. In their brochure they don't state anything about no coverage due to a specific time in your pregnancy, though calling could clear that up. They just won't cover expected/routine pregnancy issues, only complications per the brochure - I assumed routine issues to be scheduled ultrasounds, birth, etc. My DH and I used them on a recent trip to Germany (I was 24 weeks) as it was the recommended company by the tour company we went with.<br><br>
If you don't mind traveling on a plane in general, your comfort level shouldn't be that bad, though it's not going to be all that comfortable. As long as you really hydrate yourself and get up and walk and stretch now and then, aside from feeling a bit cramped I think you'd be fine!
 

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If it were me, I'd definitely go and enjoy it. That sounds so wonderful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Congratulations <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For insurance, check out Travelex and see if they would cover you. Their prices aren't too bad. In their brochure they don't state anything about no coverage due to a specific time in your pregnancy, though calling could clear that up. They just won't cover expected/routine pregnancy issues, only complications per the brochure - I assumed routine issues to be scheduled ultrasounds, birth, etc. My DH and I used them on a recent trip to Germany (I was 24 weeks) as it was the recommended company by the tour company we went with.</div>
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Great! This is a huge help, thank you! I've been having trouble finding a place that covers women after 28 weeks--so I'll definitely check them out.<br><br>
Yay! It is sounding like this might be a good idea after all! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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I am in my 32nd week as of today, and I just returned home from Mexico City last night. The flights weren't exactly *fun*, but everybody was very accomodating, making sure I got an aisle seat, enough water, etc. I don't think the flights should be a problem for you, but again, make sure you get an aisle seat! Your husband will be travelling w/ you, and mine wasn't, so it'll be nicer that way, too!<br><br>
One thing I would say, is beware of swelling ankles. Definitely take some compression socks with you to wear on the plane, because my ankles were the most uncomfortable part of the trip. It was for a conference, so I was actually giving and listening to papers and not doing a lot of exploring of the city, but I was on my feet a lot, and it was a warm climate (I think the ankles got a start on the plane and then hung on for dear life, so try to head them off at the pass w/ compression socks!).<br><br>
That said, even with the ankles, I walked around the city for at least an hour a day, and was completely fine. If I were you, I'd be sure to schedule an equal amount of time of exploring and laying on the beach (with your ankles up) throughout the trip (one day off your feet, the next day on)! Have fun!
 

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I would go, definitely! I was never super huge or uncomfortable at that point in any of my four pregnancies. It sounds like the perfect time for a relaxing vacation.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One thing I would say, is beware of swelling ankles. Definitely take some compression socks with you to wear on the plane, because my ankles were the most uncomfortable part of the trip. It was for a conference, so I was actually giving and listening to papers and not doing a lot of exploring of the city, but I was on my feet a lot, and it was a warm climate (I think the ankles got a start on the plane and then hung on for dear life, so try to head them off at the pass w/ compression socks!).</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would go, definitely! I was never super huge or uncomfortable at that point in any of my four pregnancies. It sounds like the perfect time for a relaxing vacation.</div>
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Aloya, thank you for the heads up about the ankles. Fortunately, we'll have a lot of layovers on our way, so hopefully I will be moving around a lot. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I will also pick up a pair of compression socks--though I have no idea what those look like! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Drummer's Wife, thank you! I guess I was looking for encouragement that I would still enjoy the trip, and it really sounds like I will. Thank you so much! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I wouldn't be worried about the travel, but I wouldn't go to another country with a worse medical system unless I could get insurance to cover a medical evacuation in case of emergency. Your regular medical insurance might already cover it.
 

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I travelled around 32 weeks when I was pg with DD. I really ended up regretting it. I got very swollen after all the flights and was never un-swollen until after I gave birth, at 41 weeks. I would say that a week of fun was not worth the next 9 weeks of misery due to the swelling. If you go, definitely get the compression stockings. They may save you a lot of pain later on.
 

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I was going to be going to Cancun around 25 weeks and after a short trip at 9 weeks including about a 4 hour flight I was so wretched during the flights and on the trip (seems like a change in schedule makes me feel yukko) that I have decided not to risk wasting that kind of money and hope that I can travel with the LO at a future date. And when I can take full advantage of ALL INCLUSIVE! I was also really paranoid about food poisoning, parasites, potential complications etc. as well as just being so uncomfortable flying (but I don't enjoy flying at the best of times including getting motion sickness).
 

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Curacao is really a lovely place. I hope you make it and have a wonderful trip. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have heard the story of women in late pregnancy feeling like they are suffocating on some flights--I wonder what causes it? The change in pressure? Do you know if there is any medical risk that accompanies this feeling?<br></div>
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I think it's the baby taking up room inside and pushing your organs (including lungs) around. (Isn't that why pregnant women are H1N1 high risk; because our lung capacity is 'compromised'? I guess that and we're hosting a parasite, so our immune system is compromised as well.)<br><br>
Go and have a wonderful time! I've travelled with a 9 month old to Mexico and while that was fun, it's probably more fun to go before baby comes! Enjoy!
 

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I went to Utila, Honduras (and briefly to San Salvador) at 8 & 1/2 to 9 & 1/2 weeks. It was rough on me and I wouldn't suggest similar travel unless it was truly necessary. Then again, your trip will be rather different--no need for antimalarials, more comfortable accomodations (I presume), safe drinking water + food, and less risk of being stranded (I was). Plus the demands of travel are different in the early 3rd trimester than they are in the 1st, and you'll have your husband with you (I was alone). I came back later than scheduled, exhausted, thinner, and covered in hundreds of mosquito bites. I was there for a brief research trip and my midwife was supportive, but she sounded relieved when I told her that my travel in the third trimester would be within the continental U.S.<br><br>
Now that I've complained about my own experiences, I will also mention that my husband and I have yet to take a Real vacation together--we got married in 2007 & didn't have a honeymoon then. It's one of my regrets that we didn't find a way to make that happen before now, and thankfully we've had a couple of little weekend trips without our respective families within the past year, but I very much understand the desire to get away. I don't think that what you have planned sounds particularly risky and if I were in your position, I'd probably go (even given how rough Utila was on me).<br><br>
I wish you happiness with whatever you decide.
 

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We went to New Orleans when I was 32 weeks pregnant with my son. It was a perfect time for a vacation. I wasn't too uncomfortable, either on the plane, or with the huge amount of walking we did. I came home feeling completely rested. We liked our late pregnancy vacation so much that we're actually planning another one with this pregnancy for about the same time.<br><br>
Drink plenty of water, wear compression stockings on the plane, or keep your feet up and enjoy yourself.
 

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Thank you everyone for the feedback! I called my doc today and he's fine with me going. So between that and the comments here, I think we're going to go for it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 
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