DH and I have been talking about having a last holiday for two sort of 'babymoon' type break. We would be going when I was around 24 weeks. Originally I had thought of a nice country hotel - maybe cotswolds or somewhere equally beautiful, good food, pampering spa and some lovely relaxation.
Now I have seen a very good deal for a trip to New York, somewhere we have always wanted to go. Its a good NYC hotel and we wouldnt plan on going mad rushing around just see a few things until I got tired. Would I be mad to consider flying this distance at 24 weeks? I know you can fly without medical cert upto 28weeks but do you thing it would be very umcomfortable/worth it?
ohhhh I am soooo torn between full on pampering and relaxation and going to a city I have always wanted to visit and may not be able to afford to see after LO is born!
Thats a tough one, having been to NY last year for a long weekend I have to say its one fantastic place to visit but was tiring - but we did do everything, walked a lot & shopped till we dropped at Thanksgiving time so crowds!
I travelled to Venice (2hr flight) at 26 weeks and this was ok, a bit uncomfortable while descending (bump went quite tight). I'm a fairly well seasoned flyer and would say if you are used to long flights then why not - you wont have another chance to enjoy a great city before little one arrives. If you do go, make sure you get an aisle seat so you can get up and move about, and make sure you have travel insurance which covers pregnancy (just in case). Oh, and check the temperatures as I found Venice (high 20's low 30's every day) very hot and my ankles swelled hugely due to the heat and walking around in it.
You could always suggest to your other half that you would like a pampering wkend as a christmas present .
If you feel OK I would go for it. I have travelled a fair bit during my pregnancy with no problems but am going to stop now I'm 31 weeks.
The flight is only about 7 hours I think, I reckon the jetlag when you come back would be the most challenging thing. In terms of when you are there, it is really easy and pretty cheap to get taxis in New York so I think that would be fine.
I can see how NY is tempting but on the other hand you say you will only do bits so will you do it justice? And will 2 longer flights be worth it?
We did Majorca at 25 weeks & that was far enough for me. Bump was definitely getting large, ankles swelled & it was hot enough.
Do not discount doing a long haul with baby. We did Vancouver & Vancouver Island with DS age 9 months & he travelled like a dream. Everyone was very welcoming. Just get it in before baby becomes a toddler
I did transatlantic flights (Chicago to Heathrow) at 22 and 26 weeks. Wasn't too bad, though I got a bit uncomfortable one way. My doctor recommended flight socks because there's a slightly higher risk of thrombosis in pregnancy. To be honest the jet lag was no different from normal.
If you feel fine then go for it. I've done loads of travelling whilst pg including epic drives to the south of France with only one brief toilet break. Stopped at 34wks mind as I became just too knackered and worried about baby coming early in a foreign country. At 24wks if you're healthy and wear your socks, walk around etc, you'll be fine I'm sure. Have fun!
i just flew back last week from the US with my 3 year old - I am 24 weeks. I felt fine and did the same transAtlantic trip in my first pregnancy around the same time. Go for it - it's a great city and frankly more fun before the kids!