Babymoons are a great way for expectant parents to relax before bringing a child into the world. But if you’re thinking about your trip and are planning to head overseas, there are a couple of things you should know before you book.
Well for starters, it turns out that they’re probably more common than you think. New data from a finder.com.au survey of 2,000 parents shows that one in five expectant parents squeeze in one last trip in their third trimester before their new baby is born.
While 16% of parents-to-be decide to travel only within Australia, there is still a fairly big number (5%) who actually head overseas. This can be potentially problematic for those who are in their third trimester – as these parents are.
So what’s the problem?
For starters, you might not even be allowed on the plane. Australia’s major airlines all impose restrictions around flying when pregnant, especially during the later stages. Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas all require medical certificates if you are flying after the 28-week point, and typically, you’ll be cut off from getting on the plane after 36 weeks. As well as this, those pregnant with twins or triplets (or more) will have earlier cut-off dates than those who are only having one baby.
There are also issues with travel insurance when travelling pregnant. Many policies won’t provide cover for the entire duration of your pregnancy, with some even cutting off cover during the second trimester. Typically, the cut-off dates kick in between around 18 and 32 weeks. So while you may still be able to fly until the 36-week mark, you may not be insured if something does go wrong and you’re that late in your pregnancy. More information on the pregnancy restrictions of a number of travel insurance brands can be found here.