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TTC before going abroad on vacation

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I know a couple who want to ttc as soon as possible, but have decided to wait until after their summer vacation in August 2009 because the woman doesn't want to be pregnant while they are away.

Im trying to think what I would do in that situation myself. I know you can't go on an aeroplane once you get to 7 or 8 months or something? But I don't see how it would be that big of a deal if you were 2, 3 or even 4 months pregnant going on vacation to another country.

I guess it would be better if you didn't have a pregnancy bump yet, and it was too early for morning sickness to start, so myself, I probably wouldn't want to be any further than 2-3 months pregnant at that time.

What do you all think about this?
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We actually seriously thought about doing this before ds was conceived but eventually decided against it. I didn't want to be pregnant in another country. Too much stress.
I would travel if I was in my 2nd trimester. I wouldn't wish a first trimester on anyone. I tried to go on a relaxing vacation (by car) when I was about 9 weeks and I thought I was going to die. I was miserable.

The only thing about traveling in the 2nd tri is I am really tired and would manage to sleep the entire time.
Airlines are all different on till when you can fly- Delta is no time line (assuming you can't fly in labor), most cross-Atlantic airlines say past 32 weeks you need a MD's go-ahead letter. I flew across to Africa at 7 months, stayed for 4 weeks, ate really good food, walked a ton, and generally was ok, but did get a bout of diahrrea towards the end. Not majorly scary though- just had to follow the usual travel guidelines a little closer (only peeled produce, everything cooked, no salads washed with tap water, bottled water, etc)

I would never plan to travel during the first trimester, as morning sickness would totally ruin my vacation. And I would never plan to travel past 36 weeks, since I would be afraid of going into labor.
Anytime else is probably ok, but then again I've got a gypsy spirit!
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I just went on a trip out of the country between 23-24 weeks pregnant, and it wasn't a big deal. I didn't want to travel in the first trimester because 1) I felt awful and 2) I was concerned about radiation from flying (less atmosphere to protect you). Europeans have suggested that about 20 hours during pregnancy is safe for a fetus. (The US hasn't said anything about it, but one of DH's coworkers is doing some research on it for her PhD.) I figured that since there are fewer cells earlier, it would be more dangerous earlier.
I know people who do this, but mostly because the woman wants to be able to drink and party while on vacation.
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