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April 22, 2011 8:13 AM Subscribe
Long-term travel during pregnancy. Should we go? And where?
posted by gushn to Travel & Transportation (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My new wife and I will both not be working from June until October, and were planning on backpacking around for a few months. The initial sketch of our trip was hiking the Alps in Switzerland and doing Kilimanjaro/safari in Tanzania, then spending a few months backpacking around in Turkey, Bali, and China.
However, surprise (!), she's pregnant, and while we are very happy, it looks like we will have to postpone some of the more adventurous parts of our travel plans. She's about nine weeks along now, so our time off will correspond to roughly weeks eighteen to thirty-two, smack in the second trimester. I've read that of the nine months, this is the most optimal time to travel-- which is fantastic-- but am a bit lost on what a good long-term itinerary would be with a bun in the oven. We don't want to overextend ourselves, but it would be a bummer to stay home entirely while we have all this free time sans baby.
We're both ~26, based in NYC, of good health, adventurous and fairly well-traveled now, and fortunate enough to be fairly generous in our budget (so nicer places are OK, although we're not the type to be cooped up in a resort for a week). My wife holds a Taiwanese passport so we are also considering spending a month or so in Taiwan where she has access to health care, and staying with her dad there, who's also a doctor and presumably has lots of doctor connections. Taiwan will be hot & stuffy in the summertime though, and I'm not sure how she'll hold up.
We'd rather not spend too much time in the mainland U.S., although we haven't been to Seattle/Vancouver nor Hawaii, so one idea we had was heading to Taiwan for the bulk of our time and buffering it with two weeks in Hawaii and two weeks in Seattle/Vancouver on the ends. This would help reduce flight times from New York too. We still would be up for exploring Switzerland, maybe even adding Germany or places in France to the picture. My wife speaks Mandarin, and we'd love to do China outside of Beijing/Shanghai too, but access to reliable health care might be tricky. Presumably we'd have to buy some maternity clothes along the way wherever we go, as well?
Any advice from seasoned travelers, especially with the pregnancy angle? Thanks in advance!