You've probably heard of or been on a honeymoon before, but what about a babymoon?
30 January 2019| Last updated on 30 January 2019
A babymoon is essentially the last holiday a pregnant woman or couple takes before the baby arrives.
It’s their so-called last chance to enjoy a quality holiday before all the responsibilities associated with a newborn will fall on the couple. So if you are thinking about going on a babymoon, read this article from Pacific Prime Dubai, and consider the following tips.
Choose your destination wisely
In the past few years, news headlines warned about a new virus called Zika, that causes congenital disabilities in babies, such as Microcephaly, which is a congenital disability resulting in babies being born with a smaller head than normal.
When choosing your babymoon destination, you should first look at this Zika map, and choose a country where Zika has not been reported.
Another thing to consider here is the political and overall safety situation in the country. To check this, you can visit your country’s travel advisory website.
Avoid long haul flights
Pregnant women are usually not advised to undertake long-haul flights (i.e. flights longer than 4 hours) due to increased risk of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT for short). Wearing special compression stockings or socks will reduce the risk of blood clots. Walking around the plane every 30 minutes or so will help, too.
To minimize any risks, opt for other places in the Emirates or even cruising, and if you are seriously eyeing for Greek Islands or Italy, try to choose a connecting flight instead of a direct one.
Timing is important!
Yes, when it comes to babymoon travel, timing is everything! Do not plan your holidays too early on in the pregnancy, as during the first trimester you will likely be experiencing morning waves of nausea; travel and stress can only aggravate such symptoms.
Traveling in your third trimester is also usually not recommended, as the belly by then is usually visible, and most pregnancy complications happen either in the first or third trimester. On top of that, most airlines refuse boarding pregnant women after the 35th week of pregnancy.
To travel during the 36th week and after that, women would need a notice from their leading doctor. Hence, the best time to travel is during the second trimester, around 14 to 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Talk to your doctor
Remember to talk with your ob-gyn before you go on holiday, so that you can discuss the safety factors for you and your baby.
You need to make sure that you are fit to travel in the first place, and with your doctor’s clearing on that, you can, and should ask about other pregnancy-travel related topics such as:
- Safe activities and food for pregnant women
- Your chronic conditions and its effects on pregnancy and travel
- Do you need any immunizations before heading to your babymoon destination?
- Gas and diarrhea remedies
- Prenatal care in the babymoon destination
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in pregnant women
- Any other issues pregnant women might have during travel
Usually, the moment you get a green light from your doctor to travel, you probably won't need any extra medical care at your destination. However, stay with us and read on about the last, but definitely not least important thing to be prepare for.
Consider the possibility of medical emergencies
We understand that medical emergencies are a scary topic, but these can happen during your travels, and you should be prepared for the worst.
Choose a destination and hotel that is not too far from the nearest private hospital, where you are certain the staff can either speak English or your language. In times of stress and emergency, you want to make sure language is not going to be a barrier.
Pregnancy travel insurance is recommended, even if you’re flying away only for a short weekend trip, as it can save you both time and nerves should anything happen.
Travel insurance covers only medical emergencies, and the most common ones during pregnancy are premature birth, or other sudden, pregnancy-related complications. It's important to remember here that these policies usually only offer coverage for pregnant women up to the 36th week of pregnancy, and excludes costs related to normal delivery.
There's also the option of purchasing international maternity insurance, which ensures you’re fully covered worldwide, and provides access to all of the best private hospitals and clinics in the world, with the option of direct billing.
Travel and health insurance advice for pregnant women in Dubai
The above information only serves as general guidance to all mothers-to-be who plan on going on a babymoon. To those who don’t already have international maternity insurance in place, travel insurance with pregnancy-related benefits is essential for a safe and worry-free babymoon.
If you’re unsure about how to get started, and how to choose the right babymoon insurance, nothing beats professional advice from an established insurance broker like Pacific Prime Dubai.
Feel free to contact Pacific Prime Dubai's team for unbiased insurance advice, an obligation-free quote, and/or a plan comparison!