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In recent years ‘baby-moons’ have become a popular trend amongst pregnant couples, to allow them one last holiday to relax together before their new arrival. However, there are many things which should be taken into consideration before booking a baby-moon…
Before you start getting excited about white sand beaches and tropical weather, you have to think about a few things;
1) When you depart for the holiday you will be further along in your pregnancy than you are now, do you think you will be comfortable enough to cope on a long haul flight?
2) Does your destination of choice have decent health care facilities in case something goes wrong? Will you need jabs or medication to visit?
3) Will the destination be physically demanding for you? E.g. long walks to amenities.
Once you have answered these questions, it should narrow your choices down. Most expectant couples choose baby-moons in Europe or the UK to ensure short journeys and good health care. Make sure you choose relaxing and comfortable accommodation.
Airlines have differing rules on pregnancy travel but all are quite strict, so you must check their T&Cs before booking a flight. Many will not allow women to fly past their 35th or 36th week, whereas others will cap it as early as 28 weeks into your pregnancy.
No matter how far along you are, it is always worth obtaining a fit to fly letter from your doctor, just in case. This will prove, not only that you are healthy, but also how many weeks along you are, and will stop an airline refusing your boarding because they aren’t sure when you are due.
Finally, always invest in quality travel insurance for you and your partner. Many people wrongly assume that you don’t need travel insurance for a staycation or quick trip to Europe, but if something goes wrong it could mean hefty bills and a ruined holiday.
You shouldn’t need to declare your pregnancy to your insurer, but you will need to declare any related conditions, for example high blood pressure. Again, make sure you check your insurer’s cover for pregnancy, as there may be a cap on cover for costs related to normal child birth.
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