More parents-to-be are heading off on babymoons before welcoming a new baby into their family.
But many are risking not having adequate insurance or medical cover, if their baby comes earlier than expected. Some pregnant women might not even be allowed to get on the plane.
A recent survey of 2,000 parents by finder.com.au found that the babymoon trend is so popular, that one in five parents are risking having their baby away from home by taking interstate and overseas holidays after the 28-week mark.
While the majority (16 per cent) of babymooners travel within Australia, 5 per cent risk jetsetting internationally close to their due date.
Travel insurance expert, with finder.com.au, Bessie Hassan has advised expectant mums to first check with their airline and travel insurers before booking a flight, as guidelines and cover vary.
“Most airlines will require you to present a medical certificate stating you’re fit to travel after 28 weeks, regardless of the length of the flight,” Ms Hassan said.
“Travel insurers also have cut-off dates for cover as early as 18 weeks, and some require you to take out specific pregnancy policy, so it pays to read the fine print.”
She also warned to be prepared for high medical costs, if there were complications or premature birth, while travelling.
“Depending on the destination, overseas medical attention can be extremely expensive so it may be safer to stick to Australian shores,” she said.
The online group, which helps people with their “decision making”, suggested expectant parents take four simple steps when planning a baby moon:
- Check with your doctor before booking a holiday and, if given the all-clear, get a medical certificate stating you are safe to fly.
- Ask the airline what its cut-off date and restrictions for flying pregnant are before booking your flights. A number of factors will vary the airline’s guidelines including if your child was conceived using IVF, if you’ve experienced complications and if you’re carrying more than one child.
- Make sure you have adequate travel insurance to cover pregnancy-related issues when travelling overseas and make sure you check the cut-off date, as some only cover you up to 18 weeks.
- Book accommodation and flights that can be easily changed or refunded in case you give birth early.