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Sat, 08-29-2009 - 3:53pm

So this really isn't something I have to worry about yet- and I did already ask


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Sat, 08-29-2009 - 11:01pm
Hey Ash - I think that's right on the line... at 36 weeks, my CNM (and my mom, who is sitting right next to me :) says that travel late in the 3T is usually okay, as long as your cervix isn't effaced or dilated. You could ask to be checked before you leave. You might also, just to be safe, ask for a copy of your records from your birth center to take with you in case you do go into labor in Austria. Also, make sure you know where the closest hospital/birth center is to your ski area! But really, it is a good bet that you won't go into labor before 40 weeks...

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Sun, 08-30-2009 - 1:31am

Hey Ash- I definitely could have gone a vacation at 36 weeks. It's fairly rare for a 1st time mom to go into labor naturally that early on. Forinstance Joelle and Kristy Lee both had their babies early, but there were signs leading up to it indicating that might be the case, and they were both induced. I know Lorien, Brita and myself all had no complications, and no indications of impending labor early on, and we all went past our due dates. So Basically if you get to 36 weeks and your not dialated or having a lot of contractions, and you're not Preeclampsic or anything like that, you'll probably be just fine to go skiing. I know for me I had little bouts of what seemed like impending labor for a whole week before I actually went into labor, so that's quite a bit of warning. I know it's different for everyone and you can't know 100% for sure, but I would think you could feel fairly comfortable traveling at 36 weeks. Will you be driving? I know some airlines don't let you fly that late in pregnancy...

Oh yeah, James was born in my 42nd week ;-) I had my first contraction 4 days after my due date, and he was born 9 days after my due date.

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Sun, 08-30-2009 - 2:02am

Any chance you can shift the ski trip to an earlier date? I wouldn't travel after 32-34 weeks, myself. Unless it was an emergency or something. Definitely take a copy of your PG med records with you.


For one thing, you'll probably be miserable! Late PG is a very uncomfortable time for most of us, even those whose body loves being PG. Then there's the risk of early labor thing.


GL deciding!

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Sun, 08-30-2009 - 4:00am

Thanks ladies- this is just what I wanted to hear!!!!


-We won't be flying we'll be driving (or more accurately he and my SIL will be driving)- and I will be able to make stops as often as I want.


- I will have an appointment right before hand and if there are any signs- then we will of course stay home.


-I will definitely be bringing my motherpass (we get a little book here that we are supposed to always have with us which has all of our medical information concerning the pregnancy, and all the info from appts)


-I will look up hospitals in the area. München (the 3rd largest city in Germany) is only 2 1/2 hours away so even if something happened, the chances are still pretty good that I could deliver in Germany.


-I really want to go. I won't be skiing or anything like that, but we will be staying in a cute little cabin, and my doctor suggested I just go on walks in the fresh air and relax- which sounds pretty good to me right now:)


Grace- I remember you at the end!!! Just hoping that James would decide to come sometime soon:D Also it is nice to hear that you knew labor was coming- I think that is something that freaks me out the most- all of the sudden just going into labor with no warning, but it seems like that is pretty rare:)


Noel- I definitely appreciate that at this point many women no longer feel comfortable traveling. I guess I just think since we are driving, Thomas is with me, and I won't be doing much of anything that it is probably OK. But I already told Thomas that if the time comes and I don't feel up for it then that is that and we are staying home.


Ella- It must be so comforting to always have your mom there for advice and help:)



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Sun, 08-30-2009 - 3:30pm
Ash one more thing with traveling late in pregnancy. Make sure that your insurance would cover you did need something while in Austria. I don't remember much about the insurance system in Germany and don't know anything about that with travel.
I btw made it to almost 42 weeks as well and we still had to give the little guy and eviction notice, and the following day had to cut him out.

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Sun, 08-30-2009 - 6:04pm

Ash- I was going to answer your question and saw it was answered.

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Mon, 08-31-2009 - 10:49am

Well Ash, in your case I wouldn't travel unless I was super somfortable with the alternatives you have in Austria... Just in case, you know? It is true that most first babies come a bit late... but some (like me)

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Mon, 08-31-2009 - 12:39pm

Ash, I would have been completely comfortable traveling as far as being worried about going into labor early. I didn't start having noticeable contractions until about 38 weeks, and I would have gone past 41 weeks if I hadn't been induced.

However, I was miserably uncomfortable sitting for a long time at that point because my feet were so swollen. But I think driving is a lot better than flying. Just plan to take lots of breaks and have some way of putting your feet up during the trip. And drink lots of water! Dehydration can supposedly irritate your uterus which can cause contractions which can lead to labor!

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Mon, 08-31-2009 - 12:54pm

I was not overly comfortable traveling past about 32 weeks with either Desmond or Eloise, but that was not because of worries about them coming early or anything, it was just that it was not comfortable to be traveling for long periods of time by that point in my pregnancy.

That being said, I did miss both my Grandfather's funeral at 37 weeks (it was about 3 hours away by car) and my Grandmother's funeral at 39 weeks (it was about 2 hours away by plane), due to not feeling at all comfortable traveling those distances at those points in time, okay at 39 weeks it wasn't like the airlines would let me travel anyways *grin*.

I also had a lot of practice contractions for about 4 to 6 weeks before both Eloise and Desmond were actually born, which didn't help at all in my comfort of traveling issues. I really think it is one of those things you will need to assess closer to the trip to see how you feel. If you feel comfortable traveling at that stage go for it, if not, then don't.











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Mon, 08-31-2009 - 1:00pm

Well as I mentioned before München is only 2 1/2 hours away so we would just drive to München if I went into labor, we wouldn't stay in Austria as we will be in the alps-no big cities nearby, but of course hospitals are in the area because of skiing injuries.


I think the chances that the baby would come 4 weeks early, and that my labor would progress SO quickly that we couldn't even make it to München really are close to zero BUT I promise to let you say I told you so if I'm wrong :D LOL



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