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Would you take a red-eye while 6 mos pregnant?

  • poll: Plane - Red Eye - Taxi - Train - Taxi - while 6 mo preg. Am I nuts?
    Yes - you'll be so exhausted you'll spend your vacation recovering : (28 votes)
    29 %
    No! DO IT! The vacation will be worth it. : (69 votes)
    71 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  1. Mrs. Pickle

    blogger / wonderful cherry / 21628 posts

    Do it!

  2. Trailmix

    nectarine / 2152 posts

    Never. Especially not for just 6 days including travel. Would not be worth it to me.

  3. BSB

    hostess / wonderful apple seed / 16729 posts

    I did and was pregnant with twins, but I did end up upgrading to first class and it was nice. Free food and extra leg space was well worth it. I was able to sleep a little on the red eye. I brought my eye mask, travel pillow and blanket. Oh, it was only a 6 hour flight and pre-pregnancy, I am someone who can sleep on flights. DH on the other hand does not sleep well on planes so he would be uncomfortable no matter what.

  4. AprilFool

    nectarine / 2591 posts

    The flight wouldn't bother me but all together (train and taxi) it sounds a bit too much.

  5. JoJoGirl

    cantaloupe / 6206 posts

    @lamariniere: Update

    Okay - I just talked to the airline.

    It turns out we can get BOTH tickets on miles, so will cost us a total of $400 roundtrip for TWO TICKETS to ITALY. Does this change people's answer??

    The outbound flight is 2 stops instead of 1, but will remove the taxi + train portion of our travel day.

    So we would depart New England at 10:20 am on a Friday, stop in JFK (for most of the day), depart JFK Friday night. Stop in Madrid, then fly directly into Naples arriving 11:30am Saturday. Cab right from Naples to our hotel (1.5 hrs). Settled into our hotel by 2pm at the latest on Saturday.

    Have Sat through Friday on Amalfi Coast (6 nights).

    Friday afternoon we'd take the cab to the train, 1.5 hr train, 1 night in Rome, then fly home Saturday at noon from Rome with one stop in Philly getting home 7pm Saturday night. Recover on Sunday, back to work Monday.

    I think we have to do it....

    I'm also at the point where long layovers and train rides FEEL like a vacation since there will be no toddler. You mean I'm stuck in a quiet place forced to read for 3 hours?! Okay twist my arm...

  6. Mamaof2

    squash / 13208 posts

    @JoJoGirl: omg yes - do it!!!

  7. JoJoGirl

    cantaloupe / 6206 posts

    @Mamaof2: Aaaah! My mom can fly up and watch LO for those dates... holy crap...

  8. chopstixwife

    cherry / 106 posts

    Do it! Flew from SFO to Singapore at 6 months pregnant with a three year old and traveled for three weeks. Awesome fun!

  9. Mrs. Champagne

    coconut / 8482 posts

    @JoJoGirl: I say do it - I mean you can sleep on the plane/train right??!

  10. lawbee11

    GOLD / watermelon / 14076 posts

    @JoJoGirl: Why are you posting on here instead of booking those tickets?!

  11. PawPrints

    pomegranate / 3658 posts

    You sound super excited about it and that's what matters, so do it!

    (To me, it does sound like a major haul, even with the update, and I'd try to stay at minimum 10 days for it to be worth the jet lag, pregnant or not. But I am sure Amalfi will be beyond amazing. Come back with pictures.)

  12. JoJoGirl

    cantaloupe / 6206 posts

    @PawPrints: Oh man. It's been 10 years since the last time I was in Europe, so I don't even remember what it's like to have jet lag. But at this point all I can think about it being on vacation without a 2 year old. Everything else is sort of blurring together...

    @lawbee11: They're on hold until midnight tomorrow Emailing hotels for availability and texting my mom "ARE YOU SURE?!?!?!" over and over until then, ha ha!

    @Mrs. Champagne: I never have before, but there's a first time for everything...??

  13. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    @JoJoGirl: That sounds perfect! I will say I would look into options for going from the Naples airport to the hotel. 1.5 hrs in a cab would be expensive!

  14. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    @JoJoGirl: Benedryl is pregnancy safe! I would totally consider taking a dose once settled onto the plain so you can get a good 4-5 hours of sleep.

  15. JoJoGirl

    cantaloupe / 6206 posts

    @T.H.O.U.: It's about $130 for a driver. The alternative would be getting from Naples airport to the local train station, taking a train, then taking a public bus for an hour. There *may* be an option to ferry but I'm not sure. At that point after taking 3 planes to get there, I'll be happy to have someone come pick us up at the airport and take us to our hotel! Plus we're saving so much on the airplane tickets

  16. JoJoGirl

    cantaloupe / 6206 posts

    @T.H.O.U.: oh good tip!!

  17. psw27

    pomelo / 5220 posts

    Yessss do it! I've noticed that anytime I fly now without my (beloved) toddler, the flight feels like a dream and is soooo easy. Reading magazines in silence? Watching whatever I want on my ipad? Sign me up! Just drink tons and tons and tons of water, walk around and make sure you have an aisle so you can pee/walk when you want to.

  18. Zbug

    persimmon / 1355 posts

    DO IT!!!
    Caveat: I travel a lot, so a six hour flight sounds short to me :). I definitely think it's worth it though!

  19. JoJoGirl

    cantaloupe / 6206 posts

    @psw27: Right?!? I'm no longer able to think of a 5 hour layover as a pain in the butt. It just sounds like heaven

    @Zbug: It's actually 10! Well, 1 + 8 + 3 on the way there, then 10 + 2 on the way home.

  20. lamariniere

    pineapple / 12566 posts

    I'm still on the fence. If it were 10 days, I would definitely do if. I just haaaaate all the transit, toddler free or not. Whatever you decide, have fun!

  21. Mrs.KMM

    grapefruit / 4355 posts

    @JoJoGirl: Book it! 😀

  22. youboots

    honeydew / 7622 posts

    I'd do it. I took the red eye to NYC fiveish hours while 4 mo and it was no big deal. I easily could have hopped on another 6 hr flight.

  23. Zbug

    persimmon / 1355 posts

    @JoJoGirl: ohhh well I still say do it! That's a great deal. I'm thinking about looking into a similar trip now! We have the same Caribbean/Central America problem, although we will be bringing DD with us.

  24. JoJoGirl

    cantaloupe / 6206 posts

    @lamariniere: I hear you!!! I'm gonna be toast the first half. May regret that part of it.

    @Mrs.KMM: @youboots: woot!!

    @Zbug: oh nice!! The time difference, distance and cost have always put us off. But Caribbean and central and South America out of the question our choices were limited! Check out Bermuda, Iceland, Ireland too! So exciting!

  25. LovelyPlum

    eggplant / 11408 posts

    @JoJoGirl: doooo it! Seriously, Zika already ruined your other plans. I'd go for it.

  26. maddyz

    persimmon / 1270 posts

    I had a similar flight at almost 30 weeks but for work. It was ok, the time change was hard on me. The trip back really knocked it out of me actually. Just before LO we went puerto rico (a super easy flight from NYC) and that was amazing! traveling was so easy I could really enjoy the trip. But i guess that's not a good pre baby destination these days.

    If you could find something easier but also lovely I would pick that. Maximize the vacation time away from LO1 with less travel stress.

    DRINK SO MUCH WATER

  27. winniebee

    hostess / wonderful grape / 20803 posts

    I say go for it.

    I did a 14 hour travel day (2 hour flight, then 4, then 3 hour car ride) while 28 weeks pregnant the first time around. 2 hour time difference. It was a lot of travel but honestly not as bad as you'd think. And it wasn't for something nearly as cool!

  28. HLK208

    pineapple / 12234 posts

    @JoJoGirl: the flight wouldn't bother me at 6 months pregnant. I can sleep okat on a plane though. I know if I went to Italy, I'd want to see EVERYTHING which means doing touristy things and being on my feet all day. That sounds tiring. I would rather lay on the beach all day!

  29. skipra

    pomegranate / 3350 posts

    I voted don't do it because I read with a 2 year old, not without. Oops! Definitely do it! Sounds amazing!!!

  30. JoJoGirl

    cantaloupe / 6206 posts

    @winniebee: this would be a crazy long day. Leave 10am Boston time and arrive 11:30am Italy time- so like 29 hours. a lot of layovers though including 6 hrs in NYC.

    @HLK208: oh we are going to the amalfi coast- beaches and beautiful views! We plan to be very lazy and eat a lot of amazing food original plan was a beach in the Caribbean but Zika got in the way.

  31. JoJoGirl

    cantaloupe / 6206 posts

    @maddyz: We originally planned for Puerto Rico or Turks and Caicos but not safe now

  32. autumnleaves

    pear / 1622 posts

    I would do it but not plan to sleep 5-6 hours on the plane. I would want to sleep but I know it's important to walk around or stand every two hours or so. Wear compression socks and drink lots of water. Hopefully one of you will have an aisle seat.

  33. Beth24

    cherry / 223 posts

    Do it!! I only have 1 kiddo now, but I'm trying to get some big trips done because I know it'll only get harder as we have more little ones. It'll be tough I'm sure but you have so many days to recover and relax!

  34. HLK208

    pineapple / 12234 posts

    @JoJoGirl: then GOOOO!!! That sounds AMAZING!!

  35. mrskc

    bananas / 9357 posts

    Do it!! Sounds amazing!

    I flew red eye to Taiwan when I was 20 weeks. We got there early morning then had to take a train for about an hour, went to a wedding, took a bus for another 1.5 hours to wear we would be staying. It was the most exhausting 2 days of my life and my legs were soooo swollen. But once I rested and got sleep, the rest of the trip was worth it.

  36. JoJoGirl

    cantaloupe / 6206 posts

    @mrskc: helpful!! Thank you!

    @autumnleaves: yes- I'm so nervous about DVT I probably couldn't sleep anyway

    @HLK208: haha right?!

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