Traveling while pregnant

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Qantas Now Grants Elite Status Holds for New Parents

I flew 28 flights while pregnant with Baby S, and started hitting the skies again with her the day she celebrated her two month birthday, so clearly I didn’t just sit at home while pregnant and with a young child. However, I did scale back my travel to fit my medical and family circumstances which included not traveling for about 5 months, and as such would have dropped from a United Platinum elite to a low level United Silver elite traveler…

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Airlines Offering Zika Refunds

When I first wrote about the Zika virus that transmits via Aedes mosquitos and can seemingly have a disastrous impact on a developing fetus if a pregnant mother is infected, airlines were not yet being across-the-board accommodating with those who needed to change or cancel their normally non-refundable travel plans to impacted areas. This was even after the CDC issued a Level 2 warning for travel to impacted countries and destinations including: Zika Virus in Cape Verde Zika Virus in…

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Travel Changes Due to Pregnancy and the Zika Virus

I have written extensively about traveling while pregnant, as I myself flew at least 28 flights with my second pregnancy in 2014 and 2015, not to mention the ones I flew in 2009 while pregnant with my first daughter. Flying while you are pregnant can be much easier than flying once the baby is born and bundled in your arms, so in theory I’m a big fan of hitting the skies before hitting the delivery room. However, there are of course…

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Family Friendly Activities in Barcelona

Earlier this year my mom, five-year-old and, I went to Spain together to have fun and explore a new destination together.  We started our trip with three nights in Madrid staying at both the Westin Palace Madrid and the Radisson Blu Madrid Prado (see linked reviews). While we were in Madrid we focused on these family friendly activities, and had a blast playing in parks, eating, visiting a palace, and more. After our time in Madrid came to a close,…

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Tips for Traveling During the Third Trimester of Pregnancy

Pregnancy isn’t an illness or disease, it is for many families just a normal and natural 9-10 month phase of life that women go through before a new baby joins the family.  Assuming things are going well, it is not a time when you have to cancel all travel and stay confined to your home and your doctor’s office for the better part of a year.  However, once the third trimester rolls around, travel can get a little more complicated…

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List of Family Friendly Activities in Madrid

We went to Spain for the first this spring on a three-generations girl’s trip without too scheduled of an itinerary.  Life was pretty hectic at the moment (when is it not?), so the idea of going and just sort of taking things as they came sounded very appealing.  Of course, we did have some idea of things that might be good family friendly activities in Madrid, but we also improvised a bit once we got there. Our Madrid activities are…

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Airline Rules for Traveling While Pregnant

I’ve written so far about planning trips if you are hoping to become pregnant in the relatively near future, traveling during the first trimester, traveling during the second trimester, and I will soon devote a post to tips for traveling during the third trimester.  However, before I do so I want to write about the different airline rules for traveling while pregnant, because they are by no means consistent.  They range from fly whenever you want, to fly with an…

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Review of the Historic Westin Palace Madrid

On our spring break trip to Spain we had three generations of travelers together with my mom, my daughter, and myself all making the journey.  This meant we not only required the space for the three generations, but we had to also tailor our activities to keep everyone’s interest.  I am personally a big fan of multi-generational travel, but when you are talking about hotel rooms in Europe, it can be tricky to make it work so everyone can stay in…

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Radisson Blu Madrid Prado Review

This year my mom, daughter, and I took off to Spain for spring break.  My mom had been a Spanish teacher for 35+ years and during much of that time had a large map of Spain on her classroom wall.  When she retired the map came home with her and ultimately served as the inspiration to get her a trip to Spain as a Christmas present last year (see the fun gift reveal video in this post)! While hotel rooms…

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Grounded from Flight

Getting ready to travel, or actually being on a trip feels normal for us.  We have decreased the frequency of travel for our family by a pretty hefty margin in the last several months, but it still feels totally normal to have something planned for the near or at least medium term horizon.  In fact, it feels so normal that I often don’t ever put my suitcase fully away since it is usually a pretty short period of time until…

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