Welcoming a baby is an exciting time – and a busy time. It pays to take a breather, if you can, from the nursery decorating, shopping preps, check-ups and classes by going on a fun and romantic babymoon. Before setting off, though, you’ll want to consider the health and safety factors of your trip – including the medical care that might be available at your destination, the insurance you have, if you’ll need to take a flight and more. We asked the team at Pacific Prime to answer some of your key questions to help you plan a safe babymoon.
“When is it okay to travel when I’m pregnant, and when is it considered too late”?
Before you start making flight and hotel bookings, the first thing you should do is to consult your gynaecologist and let them know your plans. Ask if you are fit to travel and if any of your health conditions might have an effect on travel during pregnancy or vice versa.
Typically, pregnant women without any pregnancy complications are advised not to travel after the 37th week of pregnancy. Travelling during the first and third trimester is also usually not recommended as most pregnancy issues tend to appear during these periods. You’d probably also want to avoid morning sickness sessions while on your trip! Hence, the second-trimester (weeks 13 to 26) is usually recommended.
Take note that if you plan to fly to your babymoon destination, most airlines allow pregnant women to fly up to 36 weeks pregnant. Even if you’ve got pregnancy travel insurance, it won’t reimburse you if you need to deliver after flying abroad following this milestone.
“What should I consider when choosing a destination?”
Depending on the place you have in mind, you might need immunisations and diarrhoea remedies. More importantly, you should see if the Zika virus is present in the destination. This virus can cause congenital disabilities in babies including microcephaly, a congenital disability where a baby is born with a smaller head than normal. It’s transmitted through mosquito bites, so do be aware of the risks and apply mosquito repellent regularly. Some of countries in the region that have Zika virus cases are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Philippines and even here in Singapore.
“How can I be sure I’m covered in case something happens?”
The whole idea of having a babymoon is to have some worry-free fun and an overall relaxing time. That’s why you should think ahead and purchase pregnancy travel insurance or, even better, international maternity insurance to ensure that you’re well-covered.
Pregnancy travel insurance coverage
Pregnancy travel insurance, gives you coverage in case of any maternity-related emergencies such as premature birth or sudden complications. Be aware, though, that many travel plans impose restrictions on benefits such as coverage only until the 36th week and a total exclusion for normal delivery costs. As such, be sure to read policy terms and conditions carefully so you know what’s included.
International maternity insurance
International maternity insurance is generally a better option compared to travel insurance. However, it must be purchased a long time in advance. How far? Usually around 10 to 12 months before even being pregnant! This is because of the waiting periods attached to these particular plans.
International maternity insurance can cover all maternity-related costs virtually anywhere in the world, including all pre- and post-natal check-ups and tests, pregnancy complications, medicine, and, most importantly, normal delivery costs, which can be expensive in private hospitals.