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Moving away when heavily pregnant? (Last trimester)

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We are not there yet but I am a bit in panic since this possibility have high risk to happen.

If someone here had a move (international) while being in the last miles of the pregnancy?

Any opinions, tips, advices will be welcome. If it does happen, I would have at least some tips and advices to use to keep it calm and make it as smooth as possible...

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Re: Moving away when heavily pregnant? (Last trimester)

How late do you mean Nil? And how far? We moved when I was 8 1/2 months pregnant, but that was only across the UK.

Personally if it is very late and very far - I just would refuse and wait till the baby is safely born, feeding well established, recovery good for mum and all is well with baby. Just not worth the risk imho. xxxx stay safe. Most airlines won't accept you after 32 weeks.
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Re: Moving away when heavily pregnant? (Last trimester)

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Hi,

We are not there yet but I am a bit in panic since this possibility have high risk to happen.

If someone here had a move (international) while being in the last miles of the pregnancy?

Any opinions, tips, advices will be welcome. If it does happen, I would have at least some tips and advices to use to keep it calm and make it as smooth as possible...

Yes. Where are you moving? Allegedly.
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Old 10.02.2011, 21:26
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Re: Moving away when heavily pregnant? (Last trimester)

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How late do you mean Nil? And how far? We moved when I was 8 1/2 months pregnant, but that was only across the UK.

Personally if it is very late and very far - I just would refuse and wait till the baby is safely born, feeding well established, recovery good for mum and all is well with baby. Just not worth the risk imho. xxxx stay safe
I wish... but sometimes options are too low to be wiped away! In this case, it could be what we are looking for since a very long time.

I'll believe that the max would be the 35th week (since the airline won't take me without a doc paper). I can't think about having 3 weeks only to find a doctor...

How did you manage to do it at 8 1/2 months? Doctors, housing, daycare?
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Old 10.02.2011, 21:28
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Yes. Where are you moving? Allegedly.
I can't say for now, still in negociations. But like I said, it is high possibilities that it will be before the birth. If it does happen, every tips and advices will be needed! Very last minute indeed!
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Hi,

We are not there yet but I am a bit in panic since this possibility have high risk to happen.

If someone here had a move (international) while being in the last miles of the pregnancy?

Any opinions, tips, advices will be welcome. If it does happen, I would have at least some tips and advices to use to keep it calm and make it as smooth as possible...

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How late do you mean Nil? And how far? We moved when I was 8 1/2 months pregnant, but that was only across the UK.

Personally if it is very late and very far - I just would refuse and wait till the baby is safely born, feeding well established, recovery good for mum and all is well with baby. Just not worth the risk imho. xxxx stay safe

I also moved at 7 1/2 months preggie, but only from New Zealand to Tasmanian. I had a trouble free pregnancy so had no issues health wise. My husband did arrange appointments for me with a GP and the midwives for my first week in OZ. I was able to meet everyone involve and get a feel for the hospital as well as hand over my medical records.

As we were moving to a new country where we knew no one my husband had also enrolled our 14 month old into childcare for 2 half days a week which gave the chance to attend appointments and get the house unpacked. I also got in contact with an agency and employed an "on call" nanny to come and look after our son when I went into labour.

Having all these things sorted within the first month meant that I could relax and enjoy the last few weeks of the pregnancy. Good luck with it all.
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I did all the move myself as OH was already working in his new job and living in digs. With a 2 year old, and having had an emergency Csection for first baby- it was not easy. We were recommended a GP and an obstetrician through his work - and all went well. I had our second daughter the 'normal' route - and we were very grateful. Our new neighbours looked after our 2 year old during the day whilst I was in hospital for a few days- and took care of us all when we got home. Bless them.

Which airline will take you after 35 weeks though. Even if this is an opportunity of a lifetime, and really what you want- why not you stay behind and have the baby, and follow a couple of months later? maybe you have a relative who would come and stay with you and help? And maybe the new job/opportunities will understand that there will be a delay of a couple of months, and be prepared to wait. I am so sorry, I don't think this is what you want to hear - but I can only give my honest thoughts. Just not worth the risks. Of course it depends on distances, and so many other factors.
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I also moved at 7 1/2 months preggie, but only from New Zealand to Tasmanian. I had a trouble free pregnancy so had no issues health wise. My husband did arrange appointments for me with a GP and the midwives for my first week in OZ. I was able to meet everyone involve and get a feel for the hospital as well as hand over my medical records.

As we were moving to a new country where we knew no one my husband had also enrolled our 14 month old into childcare for 2 half days a week which gave the chance to attend appointments and get the house unpacked. I also got in contact with an agency and employed an "on call" nanny to come and look after our son when I went into labour.

Having all these things sorted within the first month meant that I could relax and enjoy the last few weeks of the pregnancy. Good luck with it all.
You husband did organised those things before your move, was he there already? Or he got help from his work?
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Re: Moving away when heavily pregnant? (Last trimester)

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I did all the move myself as OH was already working in his new job and living in digs. With a 2 year old, and having had an emergency Csection for first baby- it was not easy. We were recommended a GP and an obstetrician through his work - and all went well. I had our second daughter the 'normal' route - and we were very grateful. Our new neighbours looked after our 2 year old during the day whilst I was in hospital for a few days- and took care of us all when we got home. Bless them.

Which airline will take you after 35 weeks though. Even if this is an opportunity of a lifetime, and really what you want- why not you stay behind and have the baby, and follow a couple of months later? maybe you have a relative who would come and stay with you and help? And maybe the new job/opportunities will understand that there will be a delay of a couple of months, and be prepared to wait. I am so sorry, I don't think this is what you want to hear - but I can only give my honest thoughts. Just not worth the risks. Of course it depends on distances, and so many other factors.
We are looking at all possible options right now. Honestly, the options of him going first and letting us behind would be the worst case scenario in our situation. Help of family is not much of an option, sadly. So I am trying to bring my head around the idea to do the move before or if (Inshallah) it can wait after the birth.

I looked on Swiss International airline and they say that up to 35 weeks it isn't a problem and after you must have a doctor's certificate.
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Not easy- and I really feel for you. Does anybody know of an agency who has short-term nannies to help? I wish I was nearer so i could offer support.
Of course we all want to think positively, and you are fit and healthy - but still, you just have to think about the 'what if'.
Thinking of you xx
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Not easy- and I really feel for you. Does anybody know of an agency who has short-term nannies to help? I wish I was nearer so i could offer support.
Of course we all want to think positively, and you are fit and healthy - but still, you just have to think about the 'what if'.
Thinking of you xx
If we do move earlier, we will deal with them to organised us very well. To provide us with hospitals names, doctors names, nannies, helper at home for the few days, weeks of the moving / after birth.

Anything else I should think to put on the list?
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Re: Moving away when heavily pregnant? (Last trimester)

All airlines have different policies so you need to check all of them that run the route you want ... and you may be surprised at how late you can fly .. and a doctors certificate is very straightforward .. its just a letter really saying you are well ... well, as long as you are having a straightforward pregnancy. I flew on 8 European short haul flights between 36 and 38 weeks and although each airline said they wanted a doctor's letter, none asked for it at check in. But I wouldn't be so sure about a very long haul flight..

How much forward notice will you get and will you get a chance to visit before you go? This will give you the opportunity to sort out the basics, (doctor, hospital, maybe even childcare?)

Our second was born a few months after we had arrived and my biggest problem was finding someone to look after the first while I was in labour. Staying put as Odile suggested would mean you can rely on your established network to get you over the worst, but I appreciate that is worse case scenario and it presumeably it would be hard to have your partner with you at the actual birth? A nursery nurse/mothers help type person would sound like your best bet, but they will come at a price ..

Tried to find a warmly supportive yet sympathetic smily but no luck!
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You husband did organised those things before your move, was he there already? Or he got help from his work?
My husband was already in Australia before our son and I moved over so yes he did organise it all.

If your husband isn't going to be the advanced party then someone from his new job should be able to give recommendations for you then to ring/contact/google and make necessary appointments with.

I have moved twice overseas while pregnant and having little children in tow. We have never had anyone at our point of destination that we knew but like Odile I have just done it. I think if you go in with an attitude of it needs to be done so I'll do it and it will be fine, gives you power.
Finding playgroups/music groups etc where you can meet other mums also makes a huge difference. The offers of meals and people to visit you at home once the baby has arrived helps you to feel more settled too.
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My husband was already in Australia before our son and I moved over so yes he did organise it all.

If your husband isn't going to be the advanced party then someone from his new job should be able to give recommendations for you then to ring/contact/google and make necessary appointments with.

I have moved twice overseas while pregnant and having little children in tow. We have never had anyone at our point of destination that we knew but like Odile I have just done it. I think if you go in with an attitude of it needs to be done so I'll do it and it will be fine, gives you power.
Finding playgroups/music groups etc where you can meet other mums also makes a huge difference. The offers of meals and people to visit you at home once the baby has arrived helps you to feel more settled too.
Thanks, this is why I am trying to think about options now, even if nothing is for sure yet. I want to know what to expect and be mentally prepared for it because if I wait to have a proper answer from the company for the move or not, I'll be in very last minute mindset and may forget important thing and / or panic.

I am someone who needs to be in control of what is going on in my life and to be prepared and organised for it. So it does put a lot of pressure on my ''inner'' me! I am learning to be flexible!
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Have you though about health Insurance and whether yours will be valid a/ for the flight, in case you go into labour and b/ when you get there?

I know I am looking at worst possible scenarios, and this may seem negative. But is is important to get all possibilities covered- as things, very very rarely, do not quite go according to plans.
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Re: Moving away when heavily pregnant? (Last trimester)

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Have you though about health Insurance and whether yours will be valid a/ for the flight, in case you go into labour and b/ when you get there?

I know I am looking at worst possible scenarios, and this may seem negative. But is is important to get all possibilities covered- as things, very very rarely, do not quite go according to plans.
Very good point! Thanks!

This is why I ask you tips and advices, because I can't (hubby either) think about everything and we may forget some importants points.

I am putting this on the list, Thanks!
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Re: Moving away when heavily pregnant? (Last trimester)

Nil, you know if the worst case happens and you have to stay behind whilst hubby moves there are a lot of us here in Basel who will be more than happy to help you. You can count on me for sure.

I hope for all of you that the move either happens very soon, or is delayed until a few months after the birth.

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Re: Moving away when heavily pregnant? (Last trimester)

I flew by Qatar from South Korea to Swiss when I was on 28 week. I had a big problem when I tried to check in then. I thought I need a doctor's opinion after 32 weeks, but the airline asked me to submit it to them. If not, I can't get on a plane. I called to my doctor and asked him to fax it to the airport. I was waiting for an hour and it was a horrible time for me. At that time, I was not sure that I can come to Swiss. Fortunately, they got it and I checked in a minute before they closed the check in desk.

According to a manager of Qatar, we have to call them in advance and fill the form out followed by a checkup by the doctor provided by them after 29 weeks.

Every airline has a different policy. You may call to the airline once you book a flight ticket.
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Re: Moving away when heavily pregnant? (Last trimester)

I've had a few friends that were potentially in the middle of moves when expecting. They both chose to go back 'home' for a few months instead of staying or moving to another 3rd country. This was ideal due to language issues, family and friend support, knowledge and famililarity with the healthcare system and doctors, and similar culture attitudes to birth, etc. Perhaps another option to consider.
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Which is more important to you, your job or your baby ? I'm sat here with my 4 month old baby and when i look at her, the answer rreally isn't difficult.

Just imagine something happens during the trip, or move, something normaly preventable or that you could get assisitance rapidly if needed, how would you feel for the rest of your life ?

Is the job really that important after all ?
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