Traveling While Pregnant

For many pregnant women, taking a “babymoon” is a great idea. However, there are probably a lot of questions that you have about traveling while pregnant.

First, consider the means of transportation that you will be using. Traveling by car is very safe for pregnant women. Make sure that you wear your seat belt properly, and keep your seat back away from the dashboard so that, if the airbag deploys, it will be farther from your stomach. Air travel is also very safe. The radiation and changes in cabin pressure have not been found to have ill effects on normal, healthy pregnancies. With both forms of travel, it’s important to move around, and stand up frequently to prevent blood clots and swelling in the feet and ankles. Also, pack for your comfort. Take lots of pillows and blankets, as well as water to stay hydrated.

It’s very important for pregnant travelers to make sure that you have adequate insurance coverage at your destination. Check with your primary health care provider—depending on where you are traveling, you may not be covered. It’s critical to have some type of medical coverage during your trip. If you purchase travel insurance make sure that pregnancy related complications are covered. Many insurers will have exclusion clauses related to pregnancy, so check carefully. You can also find a number of insurers offering specialized travel insurance for pregnant women.

Even if you do have medical coverage at your destinations, it’s still important to think about trip insurance. Tickets and reservations are expensive and often non-refundable. Even before you depart, pregnancy-related complications can occur, and may cause you to cancel your plans. Make sure that you don’t lose the money that you have spent on tickets and reservations. If you buy a trip insurance plan, you will be reimbursed for canceling. But make sure that your plan allows you to cancel your trip for pregnancy-related reasons. If you are early in your pregnancy, you can check out Barclays travel insurance—but as you get later in your pregnancy, you may have to go with a special pregnancy travel insurance plan, or a “cancel for any reason” trip insurance plan.

Make sure that you are prepared and well-informed, and you can have a safe and enjoyable trip during pregnancy.

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