Traveling Through The Trimesters: Second Trimester
Traveling during the second trimester of pregnancy isn’t so bad! Ah, the honeymoon stage of pregnancy. It must be the only part we mothers of more than one child remember, otherwise we would never get pregnant again. My best trips were around the end of my second trimester and beginning of my third (roughly weeks 20-32). This was after the sickness abated but before I got so big that it was hard to move around.
Even though most women report feeling better during this time, a multi-city sightseeing Europe trip may be less fun with less energy and extra weight. Try to choose more relaxing destinations because the baby is actively draining your energy no matter what week you are or what country you’re in.
Insuring yourself in the chance of early delivery is an option. @bupaglobal is great and will cover you from weeks 18-36 as long as you’re not carrying multiples. @surfingmotoroamers told me about them. They actually had to use their insurance while on an international trip and said the whole experience was great.
Nobody wants to think about this, but the age of viability is 26 weeks. This means that if your baby is born before this time, it’s rare that the baby will be viable, even with excellent medical care. After 26 weeks, your baby will most likely be able to make it with good medical care. That means we won’t go anywhere without a hospital equal or better to the hospitals in LA after 26 weeks. I pick out one university-affiliated hospital at each destination just in case.
Pregnant women are at a higher risk for DVTs or leg blood clots especially while flying. Ways to prevent this: wear loose-fitting clothes for all airline travel, get up and walk around every hour to get your blood moving, and stay hydrated.