Travel and international pregnancy
We have a great article in our newly updated International Travel Medical Guide on international pregnancy and travel/air travel when pregnant. It’s at https://www.gninsurance.com/free-travel-medical-guide/. (Available free of charge.) It was written by Dr. John Askew, who practiced medicine as an OB-Gyn for over 48 years and has lived overseas in Kosova an an expat as well as as traveled and volunteered in Bahrain, Cambodia, Thailand, Romania, and South Africa.
What you need to know regarding international pregnancy:
- Always travel with a partner/friend.
- Make sure you do everything you can to limit exposure to germs, cold viruses, and those who are already ill by limiting time in crowded, confined spaces (like buses, subways, etc.) and by using hand sanitizer. Travelers diarrhea is difficult for anyone traveling. It is doubly hard for pregnant mothers. Try to limit medicines – Use things like activated charcoal instead to help control diarrhea.
- Do not get immunizations in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Consult a doctor who knows international travel in regards to other vaccinations you may need to receive if pregnant.
- You should try to avoid international travel/air travel, the first 12 weeks and the last week before your due date. As long as there are no identified complications or concerns with your pregnancy, the second trimester is usually the best time to plan trips. Most airlines allow pregnant women to travel through their eighth month. Traveling during the ninth month is allowed if you have permission from your doctor.
- Make sure you stand and stretch on longer flights. DVT is more of a concern for expectant mothers and older travelers. (Again, we have an article on things you can do while on the plane in our travel medical guide.)
- Do your homework on nations and destinations that have outbreaks of viral diseases that might affect your baby/fetal development such as the Zika virus.
- Supplement poor diet with meal-replacement powder or drinks.
- Walking is much more common overseas. Do not overdo it and consider your general fitness/ability so you do not wear yourself out.
- Stress is detrimental to your health and immune system. Have fun. Take your time. Make sure to build in plenty of opportunity to relax and build good memories
- Be extra careful about water sources – See our additional video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfoFNiFEjvY&t=4s
We also recommend you check out www.pregnanttraveler.com (Article continues below)
Currently, no travel medical plans cover labor and delivery. Some do however cover complications of delivery.
We recommend GeoBlue Voyager Choice (or Essential) at https://www.gninsurance.com/compare-international-maternity-insurance/international-travel-insurance-pregnancy/.
This plan features unlimited medical and evacuation coverage and “complications of pregnancy” up to the 36 week of pregnancy.
There are a number of excellent plans that feature maternity coverage: Here is a plan we like from GeoBlue https://www.goodmissionaryinsurance.com/geoblue-navigator-insurance-missionaries/ We do not list them all on goodmissionaryinsurance.com, but you can see all of them (and what we recommend) at https://www.gninsurance.com/compare-international-maternity-insurance/.
These plans are usually for those who are planning to become pregnant, but not already expecting in terms of coverage. Most have a wait period associated with pregnancy benefits. Please call us at 480-813-9100 or Skype us at “good neighbor insurance” if you have any questions.