Is It Safe To Travel During Pregnancy?

Travelling during pregnancy has both its advantages and disadvantages. While it provides you with a change of climate and place, it can prove dangerous for both the mother and the child if proper precautions are not taken.

Keeping this in mind, India splurges in the medical tourism sector, providing easy e-Visas to the patients to stay in the country without any hassle till the treatment is over.

Is travelling safe during pregnancy?

The degree of risk depends on the condition and stage of pregnancy and the health condition of the expecting mother. Hence, it is advisable to consult a doctor before planning a trip. Expecting mothers with pregnancy complications, heart diseases or any other health issues shall refrain from long trips or an extended travel time.

However, as a precaution, you can also avail healthcare insurance plans to assist you financially at the time of need and to bear the additional expenses that may arise due to unforeseen situations.

When is the ideal time to travel during pregnancy?

The best time to travel during pregnancy is during the 2nd trimester. During this time, one might not suffer as much fatigue or morning sickness as one may experience during the start of pregnancy.

During the 2nd trimester, you are also not advised to travel much as mishaps like miscarriages or preterm labour can cause further pregnancy complications in the future.

How can you prepare yourself for the trip?

It is advisable for expecting mothers to avoid travelling during pregnancy. Nevertheless, there are multiple cases of successful trips completed with zero complications.

To avoid any mishap while travelling it is required that you plan well and safeguard yourself and your child. Given below are some of the tips that you can follow to stay safe during your travel –

  1. While travelling during pregnancy, several health-related complications might occur. Such maternity complications might require prompt medical attention, thereby incurring significant expenditure. Hence, it is recommended to purchase a Pregnancy Complications Insurance under the Pocket Insurance products offered by Bajaj Finserv. With this insurance plan, you can mitigate pre-natal conditions such as gestational diabetes or ectopic pregnancy among many others. These plans also provides you financial assistance to meet with hospitalisation expenses, doctor’s fees, medical expenses, hospital room rent, diagnosis examinations, etc.

In addition, this NBFC also offers Honeymoon Holiday Insurance Cover under their Pocket Insurance schemes to help you tackle unforeseen situations during your post-wedding trip such as loss of baggage, cancellation of flight or hotels, etc.

With this tailor-made honeymoon holiday insurance plan, you can block all your credit and debit cards in case they of loss or theft with a single call to your insurer, benefit from emergency assistance if you are stranded, get a temporary smartphone in case your handset is lost or stolen and etcetera.

  1. Find out if there is any emergency medical care available in the destination where you are headed. Besides, keep copies of your medical records, insurance provider’s contact details, pre-natal medications, etc.
  2. Sitting continuously for a long period is strictly advised against with a pregnancy terms stretching beyond the 12th week. Pregnant fliers are uncommon but not strictly rare and most such trips actually remain unaccounted for. As such, it is advisable to opt for flights that have a mid-stop prior to reaching your destination so that you can relax yourself in between.
  3. Check what type of ‘emergency care’ your travel insurance plan covers. Most insurance schemes provide you with coverage against emergency medical care, both domestically and overseas.

Keeping in mind the tips mentioned above, and getting yourself financially covered with an insurance scheme like maternity health insurance or a pregnancy cover policy, the risks of travelling during your cherished time can be significantly reduced.

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