July 1, 2013
New research reveals four in ten Brits will plan pregnancies around pre-booked holidays.
Thinking of booking a holiday? Or trying for a baby? According to new research from Confused.com, these two decisions could well impact each other, as four in ten Brits (38%) admit that they would wait to try for a baby if they had a pre-booked holiday coming up.
However, for many parents-to-be, the thought of being pregnant on holiday is not enough to stop them travelling. According to the figures, one in 10 mothers(11%) have flown when 6 months’ pregnant or more, and one in 5 expectant mothers (18%) have travelled on long-haul flights – flights of six and half hours or more*.
However Insurance price comparison website Confused.com is urging new mothers to be prepared and ensure they are covered adequately if they decide to go on holiday while pregnant.
Worryingly, research shows that half of these pregnant women who travelled (50%) did not consult their doctor before flying, and in addition, 20% of mothers did not take out travel insurance. Of those that did, 44% didn’t check the terms and conditions of their insurance policy with regards to pregnancy.
A further 41% of mothers-to-be did not check the cut-off point for flying with their airline before travelling. Typically, if travelling after 28 weeks pregnant, an airline will require a doctors letter confirming the pregnant traveller’s due date and that they aren’t at risk of complications. **
Kim Kardashian was faced with a similar dilemma earlier this month when she could not attend her boyfriend Kanye West’s birthday party as she was not allowed to fly – some airlines will not let expectant mothers fly towards the end of their pregnancy as the risk of going into labour is so much higher. However only the month before, pregnant Kim was able to fly from America to Greece for a family holiday. Clearly different airlines have different flying policies for mothers-to-be, so make sure you don’t wing it, check with your airline beforehand or you could be in for a bump-y flight!
Mhairi Edwards, Head of Travel Insurance at Confused.com says: “It is always important to consider purchasing a travel insurance policy when taking a holiday. But when it comes to travelling during a pregnancy, it’s even more crucial to have cover in this regard.
“Your travel policy may only cover you up to a certain stage of pregnancy, so check your documents to make sure you’re covered. Airlines all have different restrictions regarding how far into your pregnancy you can travel so make sure you also check with them that you’ll be ok to fly. Take into account how far along into pregnancy you’ll be on the return trip too.”
“Be realistic about the possibility of a medical emergency, too. Most policies will cover you for any complications arising as result of your pregnancy so make sure you familiarise yourself with what you’d be entitled to should anything happen while you’re abroad.
“Also be aware that if you have to cancel a holiday because you’d become pregnant and were no longer able to travel, your travel insurance won’t pay out.
“As always, we’d recommend you check your travel insurance terms and conditions to ensure that you are covered against all emergencies, and ensure you get the correct one that suits your specific needs.”
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