Traveling Through The Trimesters: Third Trimester
It’s between you and your doctor as to when you should stop traveling. I personally have no family history of premature births and I didn’t have any complications (besides paralyzing nausea) so we felt comfortable continuing to travel into my third trimester. We did make sure that each trip we booked was refundable just in case anything changed. Our last trip both times was around 35 weeks.
Watch your airline’s policies about how pregnant you can be on their flights. We had to rebook a flight once because the airline’s cutoff was 28 weeks! Most airlines are closer to 34 weeks for international travel and 36 for domestic.
Be careful of elevation changes! Your baby takes up a lot of your lung capacity going into your third trimester so it’s harder for pregnant women to adjust to altitude changes. Learned this the hard way going from sea level in LA to 6000 ft in Utah. The CDC says pregnant women should not go higher than 8000 ft to ensure the baby is getting enough oxygen.
Just like kids shouldn’t keep you from living your life, growing kids shouldn’t either! I had a lot of great experiences traveling while pregnant. People were kind to us, I got to skip lots of lines, and my stretchy pants allowed for more gelato and pasta. I especially loved noticing the differences between various countries’ attitudes toward pregnant women.
This wraps up my series on traveling while pregnant. I couldn’t find a lot of this information before I had kids, so I hope you guys found it helpful!