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    Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    Hey everyone - As I mentioned in another thread, I'm five weeks pregnant (I know, that's barely pregnant at all - it's more of a nimbus than a baby right now). I'm going to Egypt in June, right when my first trimester ends, on Sahra Saeeda's Journey Through Egypt course. I'm so excited!

    My main question: I have the choice of taking a nonstop flight to get there, or one with a short layover. Ordinarily, I'd just go for the nonstop, but I'm wondering if in this case it might be better to take a small layover, so I can walk around more, and break up the length of time I'd be on a plane. Would that be the safer/healthier/saner choice? I would love some advice from other women who've flown while pregnant.

    Beyond that, anyone ever gone to Egypt or elsewhere while knocked up? Got any tips?

    Thanks!

    - Leela


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    Re: Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    Congrats and Welcome!

    I don't have any advice though. I would take extra money, so that if anything happens you can always go to see doctor and have money to pay. You should get it back from your insurance, but just to be on the safe side.


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    Re: Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    I didn't see the other thread - congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! I think it's a girl.


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    Kiyaana - I remember you saying that to me last summer! We shall see, we shall see. Right now Tom and I are calling it "The Murch", a cross between "The Merchandise" and Walter Murch, the great film editor. Don't ask me how we landed on that. We like coming up with weird nicknames for things. Tom's a big Walter Murch fan. I promise that this child will not, ultimately, be named Walter. Not if I have anything to say about it.

    Outi - Thanks! I'm really looking forward to being there. And having extra cash is a good idea. I bought traveler's insurance today, to cover any eventualities. But I anticipate being completely healthy and strong the entire time. Unless I can't get coffee in the morning. Then there will be carnage and tears.

    I think I'm going to go for the layover, so I can breathe some oxygen and stretch. Now I just have to decide between changing planes in Paris or London. I had a horrible time changing planes in London years ago, but Charles De Gaulle has, literally, no signage. None. Anywhere. It's the strangest thing. That airport was clearly designed by a sadist. Good coffee, though.

    - Leela


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    Re: Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    How did I miss this news? That's fantastic, Leela. Congratulations to you and Tom and the newbie!


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    Re: Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    Quote Originally Posted by flimflamgirl View Post
    Kiyaana - I remember you saying that to me last summer! We shall see, we shall see. Right now Tom and I are calling it "The Murch", a cross between "The Merchandise" and Walter Murch, the great film editor. Don't ask me how we landed on that. We like coming up with weird nicknames for things. Tom's a big Walter Murch fan. I promise that this child will not, ultimately, be named Walter. Not if I have anything to say about it.

    Outi - Thanks! I'm really looking forward to being there. And having extra cash is a good idea. I bought traveler's insurance today, to cover any eventualities. But I anticipate being completely healthy and strong the entire time. Unless I can't get coffee in the morning. Then there will be carnage and tears.

    I think I'm going to go for the layover, so I can breathe some oxygen and stretch. Now I just have to decide between changing planes in Paris or London. I had a horrible time changing planes in London years ago, but Charles De Gaulle has, literally, no signage. None. Anywhere. It's the strangest thing. That airport was clearly designed by a sadist. Good coffee, though.

    - Leela
    Choose Paris. I avoid changing in London whenever possible as they always seem to be introducing new security measures, or bagage handling systems, or other compulsory systems that don't seem to have been pre-tested properly to check that they work. At least you can ask for directions in Paris, and you'll get a wee sneeky french onion soup while you wait.


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    Caroline, thanks. That helps to hear. I speak just enough atrocious French to get around the airport, and if they would deign to put signs there, I'd be able to read them - France is kinda like a second home to us (they love cartoonists there, so we end up there a lot). And I do love that French sandwich chain that you only seem to see in airports and rail stations, Paul. Ever since becoming pregnant, I've loosened up on that whole no-wheat-flour thing.

    My experience years ago in London was at Gatwick. First, these three bovine BA flight attendants purposely told me the wrong gate to wait at - and then laughed hysterically at me when I heard my flight announced at another gate, far away, and scrambled to make my plane with all my bags (that's how I knew it was on purpose). Then, going through yet another security check (and this was in 1998), the security guy made me unpack the contents of my entire huge backpack, and freaked out when he saw my travel set of acrylics and gouaches, demanding to know what they were, even though they said "Acrylic Paint" and "Gouache Color" very clearly. He seemed to think they were explosives. Right, a hapless American art student in ill-fitting clothes with messy home-cut hair is gonna blow up with paint tubes. He did everything with them except open the tubes and squeeze them into his mouth. I resolved after that to never fly British Airways again, and to try to stay away from London airports.

    Zana - Thanks!!!! You hadn't yet heard because I haven't yet "officially" announced it. I got my own big gonzoon now! Ha!

    - Leela


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    Re: Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    I second Paris - they just redid the terminal you'll go through (I was in it in January) and the signage is about 1 million times better than before!


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    Re: Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    London Heathrow has a capsule hotel where you can nap if you have a long layover. We stayed there on our way to Egypt - really helped break up the trip.

    That early in your pregnancy, you won't notice much of a difference in anything, but do be sure to stay hydrated and try to get an aisle seat.


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    Re: Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    Having just been through Paris twice this weekend, I didn't have any problems as a non-French speaking person (and I have a 5 hour and 3 hour layover) - the only thing that drove me nuts was the directional arrows, because "forward" or "ahead" is a downward facing arrow, where here in the US, it's an upward. I didn't get up and around on the flight (though the seats were HARD on the arse!), but I know the flights I've taken to Hong Kong, there's plenty of room to get up and stretch.

    I didn't get any French Onion soup (DOH!), but I did have the most excellent croissant and hot chocolate!


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    Re: Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    Well, I snoozed and I losed on the Paris option, so I'm flying through Frankfurt both ways. That ought to be fine. My only experience flying through Germany was pretty great - I changed planes in Hamburg to get to Istanbul, and I loved how clean, quiet, and well-designed the airport was, and how nice the personnel were. Whoever designed it really thought about foot traffic flow (this is something I notice a lot for some reason). The traveler's lounge helped, too - a huge, dim, totally silent room full of couches for sleeping, space to do yoga, and free coffee and beer. I won't be availing myself of the beer, but a cup of coffee after an overnight flight is necessary if an international incident is to be avoided. Hmm, I could probably do an entire Crossfit bodyweight-only workout during my layover...that'd get my blood flowing!

    Nepenthe - Thanks for the tip about the aisle seats! I hadn't thought of that. That's very smart.

    - Leela


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    Re: Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    Quote Originally Posted by Nepenthe View Post
    That early in your pregnancy, you won't notice much of a difference in anything, but do be sure to stay hydrated and try to get an aisle seat.
    Yes, good idea, you may be peeing frequently. Bring lots of little snacks for the plane and for the trip itself; you probably haven't hit morning sickness yet but you most likely will by week 8, and it may not be gone by June (though it should be). Some sort of fiber is highly recommended daily, and acidophilius capsules if your doc approves to fend off any foreign bacteria and protect The Murch. Perhaps a little inflatable back pillow for support. Congrats! :)
    Last edited by nasila; 03-27-2009 at 12:53 PM. Reason: doh! Murch!


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    Re: Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    I've flown thru Frankfurt a few times going to Cairo (never flown thru Hamburg so I can't compare) . . . be prepared for a long walk thru the terminals and a possible de-boarding down one of those roll-up ramps (what do they call those things???) where you have to get on the bus to get to the terminal . . . comfortable shoes for walking are a must and try not to carry anything on-board that you have a hard time dragging around. I felt really bad for the elderly ladies that had too large carry-on bags that always were expecting someone else to carry them down those gigantic stairs! I am short and I have a hard time too . . . and approaching the "elderly" category, hehe.

    I never found any free coffee there, but maybe I just didn't notice, lol. I did see the sleeper/lounges but they all seem occupied when I go through but I wasn't hanging around that long so it was OK.

    I flew Delta on this last trip in Feb. so I spent more time in NYC due to the direct flight from JFK to Cairo.

    I always ask for an aisle seat because I know I want to get up, walk around, go to the bathroom and hit the galley for extra water/snacks . . . and generally try to stand up as much as I can if I need too without cluttering the aisles.


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    Re: Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    congratulations on the pregnancy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    First - congrats!
    Second, I went through Hamburg a year ago. What I remember best is, after an exhausting day/night - we were rerouted a couple times due to weather - my friend went to get us coffees at a proper cafe and back comes a thimbleful of coffee in the tiniest espresso cup I'd ever seen. We were so punchy we laughed until we cried and then she went back and got the McD's ultra grande mega ginormous latte. Ahhhh.
    Third - I traveled to Morocco five months prego. Get an aisle seat for sure to get up and move. Pack snacks, and particularly crackers in case you are queasy.


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    Congratulations! Alf Mabrouk!
    I for one would opt for the non-stop. For years I have been going back and forth and found I was more tired with the layovers. We now only travel the none stop for our selves and with our groups. We can also get you good prices for the International Air alone if that is all you want.

    Which ever choice... Have a good time!

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    Leela, I'm so happy for you and Tom! Congrats!


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    Yay! Congratulations!

    I traveled at the end of my first trimester and also at 7 and 7 1/2 months. You'll do great. Just remember this:

    Aisle seat is a must! Preferably close to the bathroom (since your body fluids will easliy be doubled at that point)

    Ask for comfort bags right off the bat. Even if you're not feeling queasy, turbulence could change that.

    Pack some prunes with you so you don't get backed up (seriously, the plane ride will dry you out and pregnancy can do this anyway)

    Pack your own tea bags so you have something non-caffeinated that you like. Then you can just ask for hot water on the plane (and ginger tea will curb the nausea; Yogi is my favorite)

    Ask your doctor about bringing antibiotics just in case you get sick. Nothing worse than being bed-ridden on vacation (trust me on this!)

    Bring pro-biotics to counter the antibio. effects

    In case you don't know this already, no un-fully cooked eggs, no lunch meats, no sushi, no meat that is not cooked well-done, no soft cheeses (except goat and feta), and be careful that any plane-food with meat is heated throroughly


    That's all I can think of for now. Have a great trip and a great pregnancy! If I think of something else I'll post later.


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    Re: Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    Frankfurt is a good option too. There are a few nice places to eat there doing proper food if you have time. The only thing to remember is that the Airport is the size of a small town, and it can take a really long time to get to your gate, and once you are at your "gate", there may be a further journey to the actual gate which might be past a futher security check (with queue of people) and possible subsequent bus ride.

    When in Frankfurt I normally make a pre-journey to check out the gate situation (and clarify if there is a "second" gate past the place that looks like a gate), then I double back and settle in for food.

    Sometimes the airlines anticipate that no-one will budget time for this 'secret gate' situation, and they make you get there an extra 15 mins early, and sometimes they don't. Keeps it interesting no doubt.


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    Re: Flying To Egypt Pregnant, Want Input

    Quote Originally Posted by flimflamgirl View Post
    Well, I snoozed and I losed on the Paris option, so I'm flying through Frankfurt both ways. That ought to be fine. My only experience flying through Germany was pretty great - I changed planes in Hamburg to get to Istanbul, and I loved how clean, quiet, and well-designed the airport was, and how nice the personnel were. Whoever designed it really thought about foot traffic flow (this is something I notice a lot for some reason). The traveler's lounge helped, too - a huge, dim, totally silent room full of couches for sleeping, space to do yoga, and free coffee and beer. I won't be availing myself of the beer, but a cup of coffee after an overnight flight is necessary if an international incident is to be avoided. Hmm, I could probably do an entire Crossfit bodyweight-only workout during my layover...that'd get my blood flowing!

    Nepenthe - Thanks for the tip about the aisle seats! I hadn't thought of that. That's very smart.

    - Leela
    i am little late...but yes this is what I was going to advice if possible to go to Frankfurt and Istanbul and Egypt.
    My family loves this route. They tried Chicago and NY...nope....now they are sticking with this.
    I am also planning to combine my Turkey and Egypt trip maybe stay in England few days....


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