+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    WA
    Posts
    782
    Thanks
    128
    Thanked
    33
    Reviews
    2
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default Travel, a toddler and # 2 Caesarean - tips appreciated

    Am travelling to our nearest city to deliver baby number 2. Am considering several things...    
    One option is to fly down just toddler (32 months) and I (heavily pregnant) at 37.5 weeks.
    We will have to hire a place to stay and I would have to get toddler and myself from airport etc. Thought I could do an online shop and get groceries delivered? 

    Ok so OB suggested to deliver at 38.5 weeks which is great however am going to ask OB if I can gt a clearance to fly down 1 week before at 37.5 weeks. I would rather be at home and comfy! 
    So questions - am I crazy to consider travelling solo at this time with toddler and having to entertain him?

    Am I crazy to fly to city so late in pregnancy - possibility of going into labour etc?

    We really have no family or friends we can call upon in the city so would appreciate any tips?
    Thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    2,357
    Thanks
    68
    Thanked
    180
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    If you are flying on your own, who is looking after your toddler whilst you are having a c section? How far is the plane trip?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    376
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked
    102
    Reviews
    0
    I think it depends on your toddler, but I think it would be very difficult, even just getting from the airport to the hotel not even taking into account being heavily pregnant.

    I'd say it's doable, but if you can get someone to go with you I'd take that option!

    Good luck with your decision!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    5,687
    Thanks
    1,089
    Thanked
    4,057
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Enquire if the airline has a 'meet & assist' service, even if you have to pay for it it'll be worth it.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    WA
    Posts
    782
    Thanks
    128
    Thanked
    33
    Reviews
    2
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Thanks DH was needing to stay home to work right up until the birth. Was planning to fly in after me, maybe 2 days before the big day.
    My Mum will fly in to look after DS probably just before the birth too.
    yes I thought I was crazy lol.
    I will enquire with airline on the meet and assist which is a great idea. DH can pop me on the plane - it will just be getting DS and I from airport to the apartment (probably taxi) and then entertaining him for a week or so.
    The plane trip will be between 2 and 4 hours.

    And it would be great if I had someone to meet me and help out but unfortunately we don't.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    5,687
    Thanks
    1,089
    Thanked
    4,057
    Reviews
    3
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Book a hotel with a pool. It's physical activity for him that won't strain you too much.

    You can also ask the hotel to have someone meet you at the taxi and help you in, taxi driver should bring bags in too if asked and the hotel can bring your bags up.

    Meet and assist takes you from check in to plane seat, then from plane seat to the taxi.

    Don't do more than you have to.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Gold Coast, QLD
    Posts
    3,594
    Thanks
    1,292
    Thanked
    1,105
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    I did the exact same thing when preg with DD3.. I got approval from my OB to fly at 37weeks(airline didnt even ask though) I only carried a lil carry bag with nappies, food etc for DD1&2(aged nearly 3 and 10.5months) I checked everything else in so I didn't travel to heavy but I was lucky as my mum was waiting for me at the other end.. Only prob was DH had to fly in only 2 days later as bub had to be delivered early..
    All worked out perfect in the end
    Goodluck


    Sent from my iPhone using Bub Hub

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    2,491
    Thanks
    3,580
    Thanked
    838
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    doesn't sound crazy to me! i like the idea of a hotel with a pool.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    WA
    Posts
    782
    Thanks
    128
    Thanked
    33
    Reviews
    2
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Thanks for the tips! I will be staying in a self contained apartment (with a great garden for DS to play in) but no pool unfortunately. Was thinking I would try ad find a nearby community centre/classes like yoga or swimming to do with DS. Will have to bus it there though. Dont know if this is too ambitious?

    The only probs I can see are physically collecting my bags when I reach the city airport. DS is really independent, will walk etc and loves to help me so thats a bonus too. The taxi driver should help me into the aprtment with the bags though?

    Thanks again you boosted my confidence. I was beginning to get worried.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    335
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    15
    Reviews
    0
    You must be in NW WA? Have a look into the PATS scheme if you havent already. If you are in one of the smaller, non maternity hospitals, you may be eligible for PATS assistance which will help you with the cost of accomodation/travel etc. You cant get it though if you are low risk and Hedland/karratha etc can cater for you but if there is a reason you need to be in Perth you should be eligble.

    What you are planning sounds fine to me. The only thing I would be cautious of is flying out later and the risk of going into labour earlier. Is a VBAC possible for you if this happens? I know towns like Hedland are not a problem because worst case scenario they can deliver but I know my town put you straight on the RFDS if there is time which is unpleasent in labour and I would be concerned about someone being able to perform a csection! I can completely understand why you would want to wait as long as possible though, I was flown out at 29 weeks to Perth and had to sit around for the next 8 weeks waiting. It was awful. Theres no place like home!


 

Similar Threads

  1. Travel tips - 3 weeks in europe
    By bookwormmum in forum Destination Suggestions
    Replies: 32
    Last Post: 03-11-2012, 17:00
  2. I have 3 week old and I have a terrible cold. Tips appreciated!
    By littleriv in forum Newborns (0 - 2 months)
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 18-08-2012, 15:39
  3. 2.5yo struggling to sleep at night - any extra tips appreciated
    By SugarplumMummy in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 04-08-2012, 20:15

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Riverton Leisureplex
An Extreme Family Pass at Riverton Leisureplex is the ultimate way to cool off during the summer school holidays. The $30 Pass allows pool and waterslide access for 2 adults and 2 children, as well as a drink, popcorn and an icy pole for each person.
sales & new stuffsee all
True Fairies
True Fairies is the first interactive website where children can engage and speak with a real fairy through the unique webcam fairy portal. Each session is tailored to the child, and is filled with enchantment and magic.
Visit website to find out more!
featured supporter
ProSwim
ProSwim Rostrevor runs learn to swim classes for children and adults. Lessons are run during the Summer months (Oct-Mar). Our indoor centre at Plympton Park has lessons all year round, including school holidays.
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!