Just found out that I can book a holiday 4-5 hours drive away about 10 days before planned C-section at 39 weeks. (Medical reasons why labour not advised, but surgeon has assured me that C-section will be straightforward and could be done in any UK hospital).
DP suddenly worried about car journey with me very large and DD at 16months.
Am I being over-optimistic that this is totally fine?
(It may be a stroke of luck that the ILs will be holidaying an hour away from there that week, so could be on hand for the DD if things did progress)
I really wouldn't do this, so many possibilities for things to go wrong, even getting stuck in a lengthy traffic jam for a few hours will be horribly uncomfortable unless you have a hard core bladder! I went into labour early and was so relieved to be in my home town, had been in Manchester 3 days before. Also if your DP is uncomfortable about the trip then he's not going to have a great time. Plus if things do go wrong you'll never hear the end of it...
I am usually of the mentality that you are pregnant, not I'll - but I think 38 weeks is too late. You could easily go into labour at this time, and if it is not advised, then you become a medical emergency in a strange place.
If you do go, take your notes, and research the local hospital and how to get there.
are you mad??? you will be uncomfortable due to size and probably piles & what if you go into spontaneous labour? as Sariska suggests get on sofa with box of chocs and keep your toddler in childcare if you can
Personally I wouldn't. I'm 37 weeks now and would feel very uncomfortable travelling in a car for so long. And while I'd be confident that I'd be perfectly safe in a local hospital if labour started, I wouldn't like the thought of doing the same journey back with a toddler and a newborn, a few days after a c-section.
I wouldn't either, even the thought makes me feel uncomfortable! I've just said to DH that we're not doing any more long journeys before DC2 arrives and I'm only 29 weeks! I am starting to get uncomfortable already if I am in the car for longer than an hour and I remember from last time being uncomfortable on the half hour drive to and from work before I left at 36 weeks. Plus to add a toddler to the mix sounds like a horrific experience to me!
Thank you all for your wise words. At 32 weeks (and perhaps even before pregnancy) my capacity for dopey thinking needs to be kept in check!! Think we'll take Ali Baba's advice and travel when we're all a bit older and wiser.... x