Has anyone done a Rick Steves' tour while pregnant? Please let me know how it went!
Amy, How many months would you be pregnant if you took RS's tour?
I fellow travel mate was 4 months pregnant on the 17 day best of Italy tour. She did great - rested on the bus, took advantage of bathroom stops (we let her go first), and often used the free time to rest up. Our tour group named the baby Gelato (we were in Italy after all).
I would be 5 months along. I should have good energy and not be at risk of delivery! Thanks for your input! Those tips really help!
Just a guess, but I'd bet that someone has even gotten pregnant on a RS tour. More than likely, it went pretty well.
Amy, For total peace of mind, contact your obstetrician. Let her/him know where and when you're going (doctors, food, and living conditions can be quite different from what you are use to.) Also what type of activities you'll be doing, ie. strenuous walking, etc. If there is any teeny, tiniest, minute possibilty of risks, she/he will let you know. Good luck.
Hi Amy, I had my little one in April, but travelled to Vienna when 6 mths pregnant during x'mas/New Year. Advice from my obstetrician was that after 25wks or so you can go into labour and deliver the baby. Although the chance of this happening is very slim, you want to make sure you will have the proper medical attention you need. Also keep in mind, if you do go into labour your family may not be with you in case you need/want their support. I wore support hose on the plane to help with the blood circulation in my legs. Just be sure to take frequent walks on the plane and drink lots of fluids to keep hydrated. Depending on how active you've been, going on a scheduled tour may be hard if you have to take breaks from the walking and the rest of the group is scooting along. But I was still doing 5km walks at 7mths, depends on how much your body can handle. I'd see how long you can walk for beforehand so you know what your limits are so you can plan ahead if need be.
No one has mentioned how much FUN it is to be preggers in Europe! It is such an icebreaker w/locals. Simply everyone will have a baby story to share, and you will get special attention everywhere. You will also find that different countries will react differently, a real cultural eyeopener. I second the support hose, and rest recommendations. Take pictures of your baby room to share w/locals, and pics of other family members. Have a blast and tell your wee one he went to europe for the first time before he was even born!
My first trip to the UK was 30 years ago. I went over with my mother, my husband had to work. I was 5 1/2 months pregnant with our first child. My mother had a pen pal from England (at that time they had been writing for 47 yrs), which I grew up calling her "aunt". We went over so I could met my English aunt and uncle. One day we were in Boots and Aunt Renie was getting some food for a picnic lunch the next day. I was very tired so I sat down. A woman that was working there, came up to my mother to ask if I was alright. Mother replied that yes I was, I was just tired. The woman walked away and came back with a cold glass of water for me. The English kept good care of me. As the other post said, you will get lots of people coming to you talking about your baby. Enjoy!!