Drastic Altitude Change During Early Pregnancy

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piratesmermaid - February 11

My husband and I moved from the Mississippi Gulf Coast during my 8th week of pregnancy (because of Hurricane Katrina) to Wyoming. I am concerned that the drastic change in alt_tude (sea level to over 7200 feet) will affect my pregnancy and/or the baby. All I've been told is that this could cause a low birth weight. But is there anything else? Should I be doing something extra to make up for the lessening of oxygen? I've been making sure I've been getting plenty of iron and protein, to help increase my red blood cell count to what it needs to be for those who live at such a high alt_tude. A

 

livdea - February 11

I kinda had the same experience but I haven't been told to do anything different. The day after my flight though I started bleeding and I had to go to the emergency room. Everything was fine but the doctor said it was from the alt_tude change. But he never told me to do anything different, just take it easy for the first little while and get well adjusted. Good Luck!

 

piratesmermaid - February 14

Thanks for your reply, livdea. How long did it take you to get adjusted?

 

livdea - February 14

well with exercising and whatnot...I'm still working on it! Moving from an island to a cold cold weather place, it's hard for me to get out and be active. I go to the gym but have been really sick lately. But I'd say honestly a couple of months and then some depending on if you go higher or not for different things. They say your body only adjusts to the amount of activity you do at the alt_tude you are at. So if you go higher your body has to adjust all over again. I don't feel light headed or anything but for a good month if I'd go for a hike I'd be totally out of breath. And now after two and a half months I'm feeling better but still get winded pretty easy. Good luck!!!

 

livdea - February 14

and I'll add, that I was a super active really in shape girl when I moved and I still got winded really easy!

 

piratesmermaid - February 14

I also was pretty active when I lived in Mississippi, but it seems just so depressing here with the cold, that I just don't want to get out in it. Plus I'm still getting a bit light headed, and every time we get in the care to go somewhere, even just down the road to a resturant, I get so car sick! I wasn't that bad before I got pregnant. I actually feel trapped because there is so much land, and no vast body of water for me to look out at for hours. :) I'm sure it's different for you, moving from an island. If you don't mind me asking, why did you move to Montana?

 

livdea - February 14

I had to move to Montana because the father of my baby wanted nothing to do with us, he wanted an abortion and I just couldn't do it. And when you're young and living on an island it seems like having a baby (to everyone else) is the worst thing you could do. I had virtually no support there. It was the hardest desicsion I've ever had to make. But I moved to Montana to live with my mom and stepdad and save up as much money as possible before the baby comes. I'm hoping to move early next year. Montana cold isn't a place for me. Sounds silly but when it is the sunshine and ocean that you love, it's so hard to be away from it. I can't imagine raising my child so far from the ocean. I know what you mean about all the land! I'm actually booking my flight back to the island tomorrow! I'm going to go for two weeks and just breath again before baby comes!

 

piratesmermaid - February 14

I'm sorry the father of the baby wasn't supportive, but it's great that your family will be there for you all the way through. We were tired of running from hurricanes. It isn't so bad when it was just us, but when you throw a baby into the mix, hurricanes just aren't healthy. My husband also got a better job paying more with benefits up here, but want to go back to the beach and the ocean so badly!!!!!!!!! So I don't think it's silly at all to want to go back to the sunshine and ocean, I'm right there with you!

 

livdea - February 15

yeah, life is good. Sucks I'd love the father to at least be involved, I mean...really who wouldn't. But...well...who knows, maybe he'll come around but I'm not holding my breath. Feeling my little baby is great though, I lie awake at night, loosing sleep, just waiting to feel 'em kick again! Lol, I know silly, soon enough I'll be begging 'em to stop! how far along are you now?

 

piratesmermaid - February 15

Almost 19 weeks. I felt the first kick yesterday. It was the best Valentine's present! I find the baby to be more active in the late morning so far. :)

 

livdea - February 15

geez...when is your due date? We must be pretty much on target! I started feeling kicks a week or two ago and it's crazy! I lay in bed waiting to feel another! I keep myself awake at night!

 

piratesmermaid - February 15

My due date is July 16th, 3 days after yours! The kicks are so much fun. Whenever my husband comes home, if he's talking about work or whatever and I think I feel the baby kicking, I make him shut up. It's distracting to have to listen to him talk when I'm trying to feel the baby kick! :)

 

piratesmermaid - February 15

Oh, livdea, something else I wanted to ask you: Did you get nosebleeds when you moved to Montana? I know my sinuses have been dry, there so much less moisture here, but I had a nice nose bleed the other day, and I was just wondering if you had any since living at a higher alt_tude.

 

livdea - February 15

not an actual nose bleed but I've had many many more bloody, um boogers...lol, I don't know what else to call them! I did have a minor nose bleed actually the other morning but it wasn't bad at all, I stopped it pretty quick. I think thats pretty common though!! Good luck, nose bleeds are no fun!

 

piratesmermaid - February 17

I have the red boogers as well. I think the actual nose bleed just scared me more than anything. I was reading and it felt like my nose was running, and when I went to wipe it away, it was blood. I was just so shocked, I made more about it than it was.

 

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