Pregnancy Travel Insurance

There are no restrictions on travelling whilst pregnant with  Our policies cover pregnant women travellers as long as it's not a multiple pregnancy and you've have not suffered any previous childbirth complications. 

Travelling when pregnant is not deemed by to be a ‘medical condition’. If at any time, however, during the pregnancy, you suffer any complications, you will need to have the approval of your health professional before you travel.

What are the general rules on travelling when pregnant?

Each airline will have its own rules and these should be investigated before booking to make sure that the return flight to the UK is possible if flying in the later stages of pregnancy (from seven months).  Most airlines will ask for a written confirmation from your doctor from the 28th week of pregnancy that all is progressing well.

All airlines will normally refuse to allow pregnant women on their aircraft if they have previously given birth prematurely or have had blood clots in the veins of their legs.

What does the Air Transport Association advise?

The Air Transport Association guidelines say that pregnant women should be allowed to fly depending on the following conditions -

  1. Past history,
  2. Number of foetuses carried
  3. Number of weeks of gestation

They suggest that a woman with an uncomplicated single pregnancy should be allowed to travel in the 36th to 38th week as long as the flight is no more than 4 hours long. Ferry companies and cruise lines may refuse to allow pregnant women from the 32 week to travel with them.

A pregnant woman with complications should not be allowed to travel beyond 32 weeks.

What should I be aware of if I travel when pregnant?

Due to the obvious health risks to both the mother and child, doctors will usually advise against pregnant women travelling to areas where malaria is a problem.
Pregnant woman seem to be more attractive to mosquitoes along with a decrease in general immunity.

Pregnant women should avoid high altitudes and extreme heat.

Do not take part in any extreme or aggressive sports - scuba diving and water skiing are also not recommended.

Do not travel in areas with primitive health care and inadequate hygene conditions.

In the latter stages of pregnancy it is not advised to travel/trek anywhere there is a reduced level of oxygen.