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    Hi All

    I have a holiday in Thailand coming up in August and been given the all clear to travel by my GP and OB. I have had some general advice about how to prevent getting sick etc.

    I was just wondering if anyone else has a trip overseas planned or has been to Thailand whilst pregnant and has any tips/advice?

    I also need to find a good travel insurance that will cover pregnancy. Any recommendations?

    Can't wait for a holiday!!!

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    Congrats on the pregnancy and the trip to Thailand. Sorry I havent been to Thailand pregnant.

    We travelled to NZ when I was 10-13 weeks pregnant and I took out travel insurance through 1cover - who we use a lot. Im not sure if your pregnancy was assisted conception (ie IVF etc) but ours was so I needed to pay an extra surcharge cause it wasnt covered - grrh dont get me started!!

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    I went to Phuket for 2 weeks when I was 22 weeks pregnant. It was great, no problems at all. Re: avoiding illness, I made sure I brushed my teeth with bottled water and didn't have ice in my drinks. I did end up with wicked indigestion, but was able to buy indigestion tablets over there. Unfortunately for a couple of days though I had to forgo delicious Thai food and lived on toasted cheese sandwiches until it settled down. If you are going to Patong, there are heaps of pharmacies and you can buy pretty much anything over the counter. Funny story, we were in a restaurant one night and the waiter asked me "you have baby growing or you just fat?". Thank god I had a baby growing or I would have been devastated. The waiter was really sweet though, he bought me out a plate of "stir fried morning glory" which he told me was very good for growing babies. I have to tell you the stir fried morning glory was divine. Its like wilted spinach and it was fried in garlic and a bit of chilli.

    Like midnite01, mine was an IVF pregnancy so we had to get extra cover and I think from memory we used 1Cover as well. For our upcoming Singapore / Thailand holiday we are using TID for our insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GirlsRock View Post
    I went to Phuket for 2 weeks when I was 22 weeks pregnant. It was great, no problems at all. Re: avoiding illness, I made sure I brushed my teeth with bottled water and didn't have ice in my drinks. I did end up with wicked indigestion, but was able to buy indigestion tablets over there. Unfortunately for a couple of days though I had to forgo delicious Thai food and lived on toasted cheese sandwiches until it settled down. If you are going to Patong, there are heaps of pharmacies and you can buy pretty much anything over the counter. Funny story, we were in a restaurant one night and the waiter asked me "you have baby growing or you just fat?". Thank god I had a baby growing or I would have been devastated. The waiter was really sweet though, he bought me out a plate of "stir fried morning glory" which he told me was very good for growing babies. I have to tell you the stir fried morning glory was divine. Its like wilted spinach and it was fried in garlic and a bit of chilli.

    Like midnite01, mine was an IVF pregnancy so we had to get extra cover and I think from memory we used 1Cover as well. For our upcoming Singapore / Thailand holiday we are using TID for our insurance.
    Thanks, I have heard the Thai people love pregnant women and are very accommodating!

    Thanks for the insurance advice too. Did you take any meds with you incase you got sick?

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    I travelled to Koh Samui when I was about 25 weeks. As PP's have said, be careful with water, and drink lots of it. I found it was so hot, so much hotter than any other time I've travelled there (prob due to the pregnancy) so make sure you stay hydrated.

    Yep, the Thai people love pregnant women, so be prepared for lots of belly touching.

    Also, are you transiting in Bangkok? If so, the airport is MASSIVE, we had a 2km walk to get from one plane to the next, so if you're tired make sure you tell one of the airport staff and they'll get you a golf cart thing.

    Just make sure you do lots of moving on the plane, leg exercises, walking around.

    Have a great time!!!!

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    I went to Bali in May at 19 weeks pg and had no issues so Thailand will be more than fine. Just take the usual precautions you'd take in SE Asia (bottled drinking water for brushing teeth etc). The supermarket at Jung Ceylon has everything you'd eat at home if you want to pick up healthy snacks. I was in Phuket last August and the grapes were fab!

    Ice in your drinks is fine if it's the stuff with a hole in it.

    In Bali, I mostly steered clear of mocktails that had garnishes, didn't have any oils or creams used for massages and wore quite thin long sleeved clothes and mozzie repellant (although I probably wouldn't have been that vigilant if I was in Thailand). The humidity can be tough but we took a few breaks throughout the day - we had our 2yo with us so we had to anyway - and spent lots of time in the pool.

    I wore compression tights on the plane but it probably wasn't overly necessary for a 3.5 hour flight! Might be the way to go for flying to Thailand though.

    I got my travel insurance through HBF but if you're going to be 24+ weeks, you might want to look at Colombus Direct as they have insurance available for women further along.

    Have a great time

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    We had a babymoon when I was about 25 weeks and it was awesome! enjoy it!
    I dont think you'll have issues Thailand. I would drink bottled water and juice and avoid ice which is usually made with tap water and sometimes even transported to different locations. Food wise personally I would try to stick with vegetarian foods or at the very least avoid chicken and pork.
    I'd also wear closed shoes to avoid cuts or blisters that might become infected.
    And stay away from the animals, monkeys stray dogs and cats...
    That's all I can think of...
    happy holiday!

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    i went to thailand pregnant....i ate all the food but only in restaurants....dont go to an empty restaurant its generally empty for a reason.go to a busy one make sure your meal is hot dont eat the fruit unless its unpeeled cos they wash it in their water.anything hot will generally kill the bacteria in the food.stay away from the animals/jungle cos you cant get your shots for dengi (unless youve had them already)drink plenty of water.have a great time

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    Last pregnancy I went to Penang & KL at around 17 weeks. Everything was fine I was careful with the food and didn't go near Ice

    Enjoy your holiday!

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    My DH is Thai and I lived there for almost 5 years. I definitely second, third & fourth the advice on getting good travel insurance. I work in the industry and I can tell you that ICU in good hospitals in Thailand costs upwards of $800-1000 a day. You can research the hospitals before you go and take the phone numbers with you, especially the number to call for an ambulance if needed. Each hospital has their own number for ambulances. In Thailand if a local person calls an ambulance for you, you will probably end up at the government hospital which is to be avoided if possible. If you are researching - in Phuket the best hospital if Bangkok Phuket Hospital. Western standard international hospital, doctors speak English and so do many of the nurses and admin clerks. They also have a specialist section that deals with insurance companies.

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