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Might be a bit of a specialist question...travelling to altitude when pg

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jasmine51 Tue 11-Jan-11 09:55:06

In February at 24 wks pg we would like to travel to a Utah ski resort. Before you shout me down for being reckless, I have no intention of skiing, it is for a conference. However I would like to get into the mountains, do some very gentle valley hiking, go for a gondola ride to an on-mountain restaurant etc.
The base is 6900 ft and peak is 8500ft so plenty high enough at both levels to get altitude symptoms even when not pg.
My question is about whether the reduced O2 level would have an effect on the bub. Whilst I may huff and puff, does the bub suffer reduced O2 as well or does he continue to get his normal levels at my expense?
As I am slightly anaemic with reduced MCV size - does that make a difference?
I know there will be plenty of opinions on here but I am really after facts. My own GP is a bit useless and gave a very vague 'dont know so dont try it'. Is anyone aware of any proper studies on the subject?

whomovedmychocolate Tue 11-Jan-11 09:56:49

see here

jasmine51 Tue 11-Jan-11 09:59:18

Who you're a star thankyou

Bucharest Tue 11-Jan-11 10:06:13

That's not that high though is it? 8,500 feet?

Maybe ring NHS direct?

jasmine51 Tue 11-Jan-11 10:17:09

bucharest 8500 is pretty high IMO, certainly enough to get proper altitude sickness and oedemas. A base of 6900 is higher than any resort in Europe and caught me out a few years ago when I was laid low for several days with the effects. I'm sure it 'just depends' as altitude sickness is notoriously fickle. However this trip is a compromise to keep DH happy as we wont be able to go on a convention ski trip even in Europe due to my 'condition'. I also really fancy it as there are plenty of opportunities for me to languish in spas or go shopping for baby stuff in malls whilst he goes to his conference grin

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