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Business trip to Prague at 32 weeks: would you?

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NotChristmasCarol Mon 15-Oct-12 17:47:38

I'm c.28 weeks with DD2 and on Clexane following a DVT a few years ago (not connected with DD1, but a few years before she was born).

In theory, I'm supposed to be flying from London to Prague for a 3 day trip in mid-November, at which point I'll be 32 weeks and a bit.

I'm pretty unenthused about going (a) because I'm really tired and it all seems too hard, (b) I'm not that keen on a long-ish plane trip on EasyJet, (c) I really don't want to be stuck having DD2 in Prague by myself if something unexpected happens (lovely city, though it is).

It's not an essential trip, although I'd definitely make the effort to go were I not pregnant.

Would you go or not?

(I should say that I've checked with EasyJet and I'd be able to fly with a doctor's letter.)

CityDweller Mon 15-Oct-12 18:07:28

Not sure whether I'd go or not, as I'm not as pregnant as you yet. But, as well as checking with airline/ doctor have you checked that your travel insurance covers you to fly this late? My insurance has a much earlier cuts off than most of the airlines.

NotChristmasCarol Mon 15-Oct-12 19:15:52

Ah good point re insurance. I'll check that, thanks CityDweller

RockabillyKitty Mon 15-Oct-12 22:55:31

Nope I wouldn't go. I love travelling and city breaks but I'm 30 weeks now and the thought of packing a suitcase and carrying it makes me feel breathless! I'm usually fit and energetic but I've definitely noticed over the last couple of weeks, needing to slow my pace down. I travelled from Birmingham to Brighton & back in a day for work last week and that was pretty tough.

Also, sounds like you've already made your mind up. If it's not an essential trip, definitely don't bother and just be kind to yourself.

JennyPiccolo Mon 15-Oct-12 22:56:26

My doctor wouldn't give me a letter at 28 weeks.

ladymia Mon 15-Oct-12 23:10:41

i wouldn't at 32 weeks.

my travel insurance only covers up to 30 weeks so i will not be travelling anywhere past that date.

ivanapoo Mon 15-Oct-12 23:19:02

I'm just shy of 32 weeks and I don't think I would tbh

A month ago would have said sure, no problem, but the last few weeks I suddenly feel really pregnant.

I'm not even happy about the 4 hour commute I'll have to do later this week to one of our offices!

AlisonDB Mon 15-Oct-12 23:50:00

I wouldn't, not on my own, no chance!
If you are tired now its only going to get worse the later in preg you go,

If its not essential why put yourself through the stress?
I fly with easyjet a lot, but i wouldn't want the hassle of queuing, standing round, going through security checks, lifting bags on and off the plane, finding my way round an unfamiliar airport without help from DH.

byhec Mon 15-Oct-12 23:52:18

I was on clexane for the same reason and I wouldn't....anyway, would your doctor even give you a letter, mine wouldn't have.

berri Tue 16-Oct-12 03:12:14

I gave birth to DS at 32 weeks, totally unexpectedly grin

It's slightly different but I go on holiday next week at 33+5 and return at 34+5. I'm happy to go and my doctor has given me my fit to fly letter. (the airline will take up to 36 weeks for a single pregnancy with this) DH and dcs are with me, so I'm happy if anything happens we are together. The insurance is bloody expensive though. Most insurance companies restrict cover to before 32 weeks.

If its not crucial it's probably worth giving it a miss.

ivanapoo Tue 16-Oct-12 07:28:02

Also... depending on your itinerary it is not the easiest city to get around and they allow smoking in loads of the restaurants which would be an absolute no no for me (I can't even bear walking past a smoker on the street at the moment).

Also you wouldn't get to make the most of all the nice cheap beer ;)

panicnotanymore Tue 16-Oct-12 08:00:12

No, not for a non-essential trip. I'm assuming it is a business conference - can you get copies of the docs or dial in? Most employers wouldn't be keen on the risk either, I very much doubt they will be difficult about it.

mummy2benji Tue 16-Oct-12 08:08:20

No I wouldn't, I'd be too anxious of anything going wrong - I have two friends who recently gave birth at 31 weeks...

Gingerbreadlatte Tue 16-Oct-12 08:41:40

I wouldn't go I don't think. Probably more because it would have totally knackered me out for the final week before maternity leave and when i got home I'd needed to have had a weekend to rest and thats not really possible if you already have a dc.

NotChristmasCarol Tue 16-Oct-12 09:35:46

Oh thanks everyone!!! You've made me feel so much better. RockabillyKitty - you are right that I've sort of made my mind up but I work in a really high-pressure environment and it always makes you second-guess your thinking (i.e I've been worrying that I'm being a wimp/wet/feeble). But reading all these messages has made me realise that there's no way I'd enjoy it really. I'd be convinced that every little twinge was the onset of labour, that my leaky bladder is my waters breaking, and the sheer faff of packing and unpacking is enough to undo me anyway.

Plus the point about the beer is a good one- being at a work jolly while stone cold sober and the size of a house?? What am I thinking????

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