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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 15:43 PM   1
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Long Road Trip?


Hi ladies!

I asked this in the 2nd tri forums and thought I might get good feedback here.

So I possibly have a long road trip coming up and need opinions about traveling when pregnant. I'll be about 26/27 weeks at the time of the trip and each way is 10 hours, perfect traffic, no stopping for the gazillion pee trips and walking breaks we'll take. I'll only stay one day then drive back, so a lot of travel within a couple of days.

I'm talking to my doc about it and have read about precautions to take for safety/health (frequent stops to walk, take pillow for back, stay hydrated, etc.) but my question is, how does it feel to take long trips at the beginning of third tri? Will it be very uncomfortable or not a problem at all?

Any input is appreciated! Thanks!



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 15:56 PM   2
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I think your very brave! I took an hour and a half journey at 29 weeks and was the worse journey I've ever done, my back suffered for days afterwards. But you maybe different. Me personally unless the trip is absolutely nessacery I wouldn't do it, 10 hours is an awful long time

Also I found exhaustion started really kicking in about 28 weeks



 
Old Jun 17th, 2013, 16:18 PM   3
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Obviously only u know how ur feeling, how comfortable u are etc. For me personally no way would i have coped at that stage of pregnancy! Even worse now with baby's feet lodged in my ribs lol xx



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 16:19 PM   4
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I had to take a 12 hour car trip in early third tri during my first pregnancy. It was rough, but doable. Took about 16 hours though. Stops every hour to walk, pee, stretch. I wouldn't recommend it for pleasure, but if its needed....only you can decide!



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 16:26 PM   5
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I just went one hour one way and my hips hurt. The hour back was killer, my hips hurt and back hurt. I had the worst time sitting down when I got home even on the sofa, I went to bed and still slept like crap all night.



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 16:28 PM   6
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I frequently did 4hour trips for work (one way) and often came back same day so 8 hours of me driving up to 33 weeks preg.

I was fine.



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 17:04 PM   7
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The most we currently travel is about 4 hours one way and we stop halfway through - it really isn't bad and I find it easier now than it was when I was dealing with morning sickness. 10 hours is a long time though, especially with only 1 day in between traveling back...



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 17:19 PM   8
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I did a mega road trip at 32 weeks pregnant. I drove over 5000 Kms in 3 days. First day was 12 hours, second day was 15 hours and third day was 17.5 hours. I definitely don't recommend that amount to anyone but I do think one day of driving or two days would be doable (depends on you though)
Eat healthy, keep hydrated and walk and stretch when you can.



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 17:48 PM   9
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Three weeks ago (I was 25/26 wks) I drove 3 hours to see my family... I did not stop however and when I got there my ankles and feet were swollen. Which is the first time this entire pregnancy that they swelled.

Other than that, I felt fine. I could fit behind the wheel no problem (I still can) and as long as your doc clears you, I would just stop every 2 hours and walk around, drink water, as you said and you should be good.



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 17:56 PM   10
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I made a 12 hour round trip drive by myself a few weeks ago, I think I was like 30 weeks. You should be fine but I'll just warn you I was pretty uncomfortable. The heated seats in the car definitely helped, kept the AC on lol.



 
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