N.S. asks from Ortonville, MI on May 19, 2011
Traveling When Pregnant
I just found out a really great friend is getting married the weekend before I'm due. It's about a 2.5hr drive. My son was almost 2wks late, so I'm thinking this one will be late also. Anyone ever travel so far, so close to their due date? Of course I'll talk with my doctor. It's most likely out of the question, but thought I'd ask.
So What Happened?™
Thanks everyone for such great advice. Deep down I know it'll never happen, but it's good have a plan in place. I knew I'd need to find a local hospital, but never thought about finding ones along the way and what not. It also made me think back to being pregnant and miserable at other weddings...and the twins comments. ugh. Thanks to everyone for being so thorough!
C.C. answers from Sacramento on May 19, 2011
Same thing happened to me, but it would have been a 4 hour plane flight. I decided against going. Even though it turned out that I did not have the baby that weekend, I was SO HUGE by that point that attending would have been totally exhausting. Let's face it, at that point you can't dance, you can't eat much of anything, you can't drink, you have to pee every 2 minutes, your feet are swollen, people take to asking you, "Wow, are you having twins? You're HUGE!" Better to hunker down at home, in my opinion. ;) Your friend will understand.
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S.W. answers from Minneapolis on May 19, 2011
Well, my daughter came 10 days early. I wouldn't buy a new dress...
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R.K. answers from Appleton on May 19, 2011
If your doctor thinks it will be okay, I would go. But I would plan every detail. Take your suitcase for the hospital and make a contengency plan for someone to care for your son. Talk to your friend and ask if there will be medical professional at the wedding and ask to be introduced. If a nurse or doctor, or even a paramedic is a guest at the wedding and you start to feel labor coming on or think you do, you will have someone to talk to. Make sure your car doesn't get parked in. You can call the highway patrol to have a police escort back home if you need to.
Most labors are longer than 2.5 hours and you should have plenty of time to get back home and to your hopsital. Contact your doctor to see if he/she has privilages at any hopsital other than the one you will be delivering at. Just in case you need to pull off the road and go to a different hospital, then call your doctor and have him/her meet you there.
Good luck and congrats (oh have fun if you do go to the wedding)
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S.B. answers from Chicago on May 19, 2011
Yes, talk with your doctor about it. You can't assume that this pregnancy will behave just as your first, so really consider if you would be willing to have your baby at a strange hospital with an unfamiliar doctor. Also, long car rides while you are that pregnant will be uncomfortable to say the least. If you do go, make sure you have a copy of your chart with you (my doc gave me a copy to carry around at about 36 weeks, just in case) and plan to stop at least once an hour to stretch your legs and use the bathroom. Look into the area hospitals and doctors and see what is covered under your insurance so that you are prepared and know where to go in the event that you go into labor. And with all that in mind, know that if you can't make it to the wedding your friend will forgive you. Send a gift and have the happy couple over for dinner once you have the baby so they can meet her and celebrate with you. Good luck and congratulations!
K.M. answers from Detroit on May 20, 2011
I say go for it as long as you have no signs stating your gonna go into labor go have fun while you can
J.M. answers from Dallas on May 19, 2011
My LO came 5 weeks early. I wouldn't go.
J.Y. answers from Detroit on May 20, 2011
Nat, you're just trying to be nice and accommodating. Don't do it. She will understand and if she doesn't...anyways, if you recall I did not attend your sister's wedding for the exact same reason and that you did not think was unreasonable.
A.P. answers from Chicago on May 19, 2011
I wouldn't do it but maybe I'm just over worried. I'm 3 weeks from my due date and I don't go more than an hour from home now. I want to make sure I can make it to my hospital, I don't want to be someplace new when I deliver my baby.
But ask your doctor what they think. Sometimes there are signs that it will be a while before the baby comes or the baby is getting ready.