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    Default Pregnant on trip to New Zealand

    We are traveling to New Zealand for 9 days in December. I am very clucky and would like to start TTC now but hubby would like to wait until after NZ as he is concerned about traveling overseas while I'm pregnant. If I were to fall pregnant I would be at the most 6months pregnant.

    Opinions or experiences appreciated. Also any information in what would happen if I went into premature labour or had complications while over there.

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    There are a few news stories about parents being caught out with massive bills when unexpectedly delivering a live premature baby.

    I think you should research your destination (New Zealand) to find out whether your (and your childs) medical care would be covered, or you would be suffer a bill in such an unexpected circumstance. If it does turn out that you would be up for the costs, then perhaps it would be inadvisable to travel whilst the fetus is developed enough to be viable in the case of a premature delivery (perhaps anything after 18 weeks gestation). This may mean delaying TTC, or cancelling the trip if you do fall pregnant quickly.

    PS: Due to the close relationship between Australia and New Zealand, I would not expect this risk to apply in this case, and would expect your (and your baby's) medical costs to be covered - but I could be wrong.

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    Nz and Aus have a reciprocal healthcare agreement. Even though I'm sure you will be ok it might pay to research it.

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    I travelled to NZ at 20 weeks.

    I just needed a letter signed by my OB approving travel before I left for the travel insurers.

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    I went to USA in september last year at 24 weeks. No travel insurance would cover the costs of child birth at any stage or hospital treatment relating to the birth. If you do fall pregnant before you go make sure that your travel insurance is started before you fall. Otherwise its classed as a pre-existing condition and could cost you more for insurance. You will also need a medical certificate stating that you are infact pregnant and safe to travel, for the airline company. Also most airlines will not let you travel after 26 weeks gestation for international flights and 36 for domestic. Hope this helps you in your decision.

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    We had two weeks there is September last year and I was 30-32 weeks. My obstetrician was totally ok with it (third baby and no issues). NZ isn't far and so long as you discuss with ur health care provider and try to go no later than 32 weeks or so I'd say go for it. Enjoy a lovely time before the baby!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelaR View Post
    I went to USA in september last year at 24 weeks. No travel insurance would cover the costs of child birth at any stage or hospital treatment relating to the birth. If you do fall pregnant before you go make sure that your travel insurance is started before you fall. Otherwise its classed as a pre-existing condition and could cost you more for insurance. You will also need a medical certificate stating that you are infact pregnant and safe to travel, for the airline company. Also most airlines will not let you travel after 26 weeks gestation for international flights and 36 for domestic. Hope this helps you in your decision.
    The first part of this post is correct and a great point. Please check your travel insurance thoroughly, as I believe there aren't any that would cover an actual premature birth prior to 26 weeks (24-26 just check). Whilst the risk of this happening to you is minimal, the bills associated with a NICU are massive if it happens.

    Since finding this out, I made the decision not to travel OS while pregnant between 20-26wks. Before is ok (as bubs sadly wouldn't survive anyway) and after this my travel insurance would cover a labour/birth.

    Regarding international airlines - that may have been an old rule but certainly isn't the case these days. I travelled OS several times after 26wks for work, the last being 34wks, without one query from an airline. They have their guidelines for this listed on the website, do check your preferred airline before booking.
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    Another who spent two weeks there at 22 weeks pregnant.

    As PP has pointed out, Au & NZ have reciprocal health care arrangements, so you and bub would be covered if anything were to happen.

    I think its a great destination when pregnant - safe, clean, good health system, no concerns about the water, etc I say go for it! I just made sure I knew the best maternity facility in each area I was in, just in case!

    Good luck TTC!

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    It's a toughie. Its hard to say what could eventuate when it comes time to travel. I've had issues with this pregnancy, and I'm not allowed to fly at all.. If u do go ahead and book, get insured so if u have to cancel u get some of ur money back


 

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