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More of a wwyd - ttc and planning a trip to Florida

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rogersmellyonthetelly Sun 26-Jun-11 20:50:43

We are planning a family trip to Florida in april, as thats the first time we can all get time off work to go together. I'm 36 and dh and I are hoping to have another child. We don't want to tic straight away as taking a tiny baby on a long haul and round Orlando parks is my personal idea of hell.
I don't mind missing rides as I have joint and back problems, so I can't do them anyways, and I will probably be hiring one of those mobility scooter jobbies to do the parks so won't be doing a lot of walking. Family say I should wait until we come home to try, but I'll be 37 by that time and getting worried that my eggs are approaching their sell by date.
How pregnant do you all think would be too pregnant to do a long haul and Florida parks? Previous 2 pregnancies have been totally normal except for the usual pregnancy aches and pains, with normal term deliveries.

Pumpernickelcuntychops Sun 26-Jun-11 20:53:07

I wouldn't travel overseas anything over 6 months pregnant but that's me.
I'd want to enjoy Florida, heavily pregnant I wouldn't.
Hope you have a lovely time we've booked Austria snowboarding in March, DD is a natural on skies.

foreverondiet Sun 26-Jun-11 21:01:27

I think fine before 6 months pregnant.

It might take a while anyway. Don't wait until you get back....

applechutney Sun 26-Jun-11 21:06:25

Bloody hell, your family are fairly involved in your life, aren't they?

I can't even imagine discussing this with anyone other than your dh!

tazmin Sun 26-Jun-11 21:08:39

there is some cut off point for flying while up the duff, you would probably need extra insurance at the very least

Pumpernickelcuntychops Sun 26-Jun-11 21:14:26

apple give the op a break she's merely asking for advice on here. Something that's the norm on here I believe.

rogersmellyonthetelly Sun 26-Jun-11 21:15:32

Yes, my family have an opinion on everything, but we are very close, and they do mean well. I'm thinking a cut off of 28 weeks for outbound, which makes me 30 weeks when we get home, but is there any risk to flying in the early weeks?

rogersmellyonthetelly Sun 26-Jun-11 21:16:10

Cheers pumpernickel, love the name btw.

applechutney Sun 26-Jun-11 21:19:38

Sorry Op, didn't mean to be mean, just truly believe that you and your dh should be the ones making the decision.

And if i were you, i certainly wouldn't delay ttc because of a family holiday. I'm sure you know how dramatically fertility declines in your late thirties.

Really you should be prioritising your family - plenty of time for trips abroad in the future (Sounding like a 90 year-old here).

applechutney Sun 26-Jun-11 21:20:52

There is no risk (generally) in flying in the early weeks.

londonmackem Sun 26-Jun-11 21:22:23

Many airlines won't carry you past 28 weeks so check before you book

Pumpernickelcuntychops Sun 26-Jun-11 21:23:40

I've flown right up til I'm 6 months after that I wouldn't. Could you being the holiday forward it your worried about it or has it been booked?

GwendolineMaryLacey Sun 26-Jun-11 21:23:51

Depends how good a traveller you are. I am a shite traveller so I won't travel further than the Isle of Wight whilst pregnant so I can take maximum drugs. When pg with DD I did a transatlantic crossing by ship. No medication and the worst seasickness imaginable. Fucking nightmare, lesson learned.

If you're a good traveller then any time up to 6 months I'd say is fine.

rogersmellyonthetelly Sun 26-Jun-11 21:24:20

Thats what I thought, and if I delayed and the worst happened and we ended up never having another, I would always regret not starting sooner, and all for the sake of some holiday.
Family dont get a say in the decision as such, but they do give me other angles to consider before we decide on the best plan. Good to know it's ok to travel in the early weeks, although I don't think I would want to travel 8 hours on a plane as queen of chundersville.

rogersmellyonthetelly Sun 26-Jun-11 21:25:19

I don't get travel sickness at all, but did get quite bad ms with dd up to about 14 weeks.

GwendolineMaryLacey Sun 26-Jun-11 21:31:02

In that case go for it! If you can time it for between about 14 and 24 weeks even better as you should be full of theory!

Btw, I also have the sort of family you describe smile

Pumpernickelcuntychops Sun 26-Jun-11 21:36:40

Here's some info for you on flying whilst pregnant.

Air travel is generally safe for pregnant women, as long as there are no complications with the pregnancy and you are not flying too close to your due date. However, traveling pregnant does come with some warnings, such as an increased risk of blood clots and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) , especially during long flights. To ensure safe and comfortable air travel when pregnant, follow these tips from the Cheapflights team:
Quick tips for healthy air travel while pregnant

Be aware of dehydration on airplanes, which can be worse when you’re pregnant.
Make sure you have plenty of water with you, and avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Pack vitamin-rich fresh fruit such as grapes, plums, oranges or dried apricots.
Wear support hose and shoes with adjustable straps in case your feet swell.
As always with flying, get up and walk around the cabin every two hours or so.
Take an eye mask and ear plugs and wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Rest as much as possible while in the air.
When is the best time to fly?

According to the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, air travel is safest for pregnant women during the second trimester – weeks 18 to 24. If you are considering a flight during your pregnancy, check with both your doctor and the airline before you book.
General consensus in the medical community suggests it is best not to travel pregnant before 12 weeks due to morning sickness and possible increased risk of miscarriage. Though many pregnant women have no trouble flying in the first trimester, it is always better to err on the safe side and consult your physician.
After 28 weeks, when the risk of going into labor increases, most airlines will require a letter from your doctor stating that you are fit for air travel while pregnant and confirming your estimated due date. If you are more than 36 weeks pregnant, many airlines will not let you fly due to the increased risk of delivering onboard.
Each airline has its own rules for flying while pregnant

If you’re booking your flights with an agent, let them know that you’re pregnant when you book your flight and check that you are permitted to fly. If you’re booking your flights online, be sure to check the airline’s Web site. It is worth telephoning ahead to alert the airline about your pregnancy – this should also ensure that you get special service to keep you comfortable…
Make yourself comfortable

Especially during pregnancy, reserving the right seat on the airplane can make a difference. You will need to be able to get up and move around the plane.
Try and reserve a spacious seat when you make your booking. Many airlines’ Web sites have information about the varying legroom on each of their seats, or see our legroom report to find out how the different airlines size up. If you plan to travel pregnant, it's worth spending a few extra bucks to get a bit more room. Be aware though that traditional “extra legroom” seats, such as those on the exit aisles, are often not permitted to those who are pregnant.
If you can’t reserve ahead, arrive at the airport early and ask for a bulkhead seat. The bulkhead is the partition between business class and economy, for example.
It’s also useful to reserve an aisle seat if you can, especially if you’re traveling long-distance, which will save you having to squeeze past other passengers every time you want to get out of your seat.
Don’t be shy. Explain that you’re pregnant and ask if there is any possibility of being upgraded, or having a seat with a couple of open seats next to you.
Flight insurance considerations

Pregnant women can be seen as relatively high-risk, and many insurers will not provide air travel coverage if you have less than eight weeks to go before your due date. You could still claim losses unrelated to your pregnancy, but you might not be covered if you have to cancel your trip due to your pregnancy. To ensure peace of mind on flights while pregnant, look into air travel insurance.
Tips for your vacation

Once the flight’s over, it’s time to enjoy the vacation. Here are just a few more things to consider in pregnancy travel:
Skin is more sensitive during pregnancy, so wear stronger sunscreen than usual.
Keep a list of names and numbers to be contacted in case of emergency.
Keep a list of local hospitals from the embassy or tourist board.
Ask your doctor before embarking on any “dangerous” sports, such as diving or watersports.
Bring your medical notes with you, in case you need to go into hospital or deliver early.
You’re on the ground. Relax and enjoy yourself on what could be your last diaper-free break for a while.

sophe29 Sun 26-Jun-11 21:57:33

Have you been to florida before?
If not, then I would suggest the "Orlando" Forum on trip advisor. Not only are there tons of posts about taking kids and being pregnant etc from people who have been there/done that but lots of info of on what to expect and what to do including places to take breaks etc.
I found it invaluable for planning my trip and getting the best out of the holiday.
Good luck! Ps can I come too??

rogersmellyonthetelly Sun 26-Jun-11 22:04:38

Have been before, once in April when ds was 4 months, hence not wanting to repeat that particular experience, and once in august when it was just too hot! Remember the parks being a slog, but am normally feel great in the second/early third tri.
Thanks for all the comments ladies, and the info, it's confirmed what I had already thought that we do need to crack on with the ttc, and up to 28 weeks or so things should be fine. Just have to keep fx that I do actually manage to get knocked up and that its a normal uncomplicated pregnancy like my previous ones!

Pumpernickelcuntychops Sun 26-Jun-11 22:15:23

soph she's taking me so bugger off

Doha Sun 26-Jun-11 22:18:35

I went to Florida at 3 1/2 months pregnant. No problems with flight etc but did have an truely awful migrane one evening and eventually had to sent poor DH out with DD to find a pharmacy who could advise me what was safe to take. Headache cleared but felt quilty about medication and was not comfortable until l got home and checked it out with my DR that l hadn't done any harm.

risingstar Sun 26-Jun-11 22:31:23

i planned a holiday in florida for last 2 weeks in august but fell pregnant in march- which meant that return flight came back about 3 days after the cut off.
as i was insured, i cancelled and got deposit back and booked for June instead. this was good in someways- it was £1200 cheaper for the same holiday and parks were quieter.

however, i really did not enjoy it much- i found the humidity exhausting and could go on practically no rides. but it was the last point we could take kids for several years.

if you decide to go for it, book asap and take out insurance IMMEDIATELY. they will not cough up if there is any hint that you knew you were pregnant when booking.

PenguinArmy Sun 26-Jun-11 22:37:36

We're flying Virgin from LA to the UK and that's fine up to 36 weeks, just need to fill in a form if it's after 28 weeks. Think I'll be 29 weeks when we do that. Did a UK trip when I was 4-6 weeks as well (but unplanned, pg not the trip).

We're going on a 25 day road trip next week, so that will cover me being 24-28 weeks pg (with a 16 month old DD as well). The plan is that I'll nap when she does and we've just picked a slightly slower schedule. I wouldn't have planned to do anything between 6 and 14 weeks as that's when I/you feel the crappiest.

Obviously getting good insurance so you can cancel on a whim would be a good idea.

LolaRennt Sun 26-Jun-11 22:48:37

TTC for 3 years in the UK nothing. Took a trip home to FL and got knocked up grin

moved back to FL 3 months ago, and again currently up the duff.

Must be the warm sea air! Point being you might want to book one room for you and DH and one for the kids! your third baby could be "made in the usa" smile

rogersmellyonthetelly Mon 27-Jun-11 08:51:49

Lol at you lot. We will have 4 rooms as we are a big family, and gps have already promised a sleepover for a couple of nights so you never know I might have a made in the USA baby after all. Ds took 3 years, but dd only took one try so fx I will get knocked up quickly. I suppose at least it will be a good excuse for looking like a porker and stuffing my face at all you can eat buffets. Oh and a better seat on the plane :0)

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