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#1 my4beautifulboys

Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:22 PM

Hi, We we re planning a family holiday to Fiji in July with our 3 children. All being well i will be 6 months pregnant by then, is it ok to travel O.s and to Fiji when that far along or not? Thankyou

#2 baf65

Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:47 PM

flying should be ok so long as your Dr says your fine...but your travel insurance will be the issue, they dont normally cover if you are more than 24weeks

#3 Fairey

Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

Pretty sure flying is a non-event before your third trimester.
But you can get a letter from your doc/ob to state that you're in good health and able to fly.

#4 eachschoolholidays

Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:33 PM

When I looked into years ago the vast majority of travel insurance policies will not cover pregancy issues beyond 20-24 weeks (depending on the insurer) and will not cover you if you go into early labour, and then obviously any NICU your child would need being delivered that early.

At 6 months the chances of that happening is slim, but only you know if it's a risk you are prepared to take.

I have travelled while pregnant a couple of times and have never had an issue but I was only 8 weeks and 16 weeks respectively.

It would be worth calling a couple of the big insurers and ask them about it, they may allow you to pay extra to cover the possibility.

Edited by nlman, 16 February 2013 - 12:42 PM.


#5 .Jerry.

Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:42 PM

Given I had my baby at 6 months pregnant, I would not recommend travel overseas at that stage.  But then my case was pretty extreme and doesn't happen that often. (though I was perfectly fine up until 23 weeks)

There have been a few highly publicised cases recently of premature babies born overseas and the high medical costs involved.

I would just check out the insurance aspect.  Fiji isn't far from Australia, so that's a positive.

#6 farfaraway

Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:47 PM

I flew up to my 7th month in both pregnancies without issue. I flew a lot. Was never asked for a doctor's letter. I think you'll be fine - it's Fiji, not Siberia. Happy travels!

#7 my4beautifulboys

Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:57 PM

Thanks for youre replies. We re just in the process of getting quotes at the moment for our holiday. I havnt had my first check up with the Gp yet, so i think i'll hold off from booking just for now, as i ve previously had three m/c, and most likely due to my age, so i may even be a high risk pregnancy now. So i ll have to see what the Doctor says about it.



#8 elmo_mum

Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

QUOTE (.Jerry. @ 16/02/2013, 01:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Given I had my baby at 6 months pregnant, I would not recommend travel overseas at that stage.  But then my case was pretty extreme and doesn't happen that often. (though I was perfectly fine up until 23 weeks)

There have been a few highly publicised cases recently of premature babies born overseas and the high medical costs involved.

I would just check out the insurance aspect.  Fiji isn't far from Australia, so that's a positive.



i agree!!!
i had a 24 weeker, although i was on bed rest before hand so unable to travel

yes fiji is a short flight, BUT

your insurer will cover YOU for flights etc but what if you go into pre term labour?
they will not cover your baby!!!
so, i had 4 months in nicu - are you able to afford the hospital bill? your accommodation?
flights back?
flights with a nurse - when bubs is old enough to travel

i wouldnt
i would travel interstae but not overseas

but as the saying goes, your body your life your choice

#9 Bunsen the feral

Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:12 PM

I personally would not do Fiji while pregnant.

Most of the food is buffet food so you'd have a hard time sticking to the recommendations re listeria etc.
Water is usually not recommended to drink so you would need to avoid salads, ice etc.
Medical care is pretty basic, I doubt there would even be a NICU never mind be covered for it by insurance - certainly if you are looking at an island resort you are lucky to have a nurse on the same island, most are a boat ride away.

#10 Clarial

Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:14 PM

I flew to Thailand at 23-24 weeks. The only regret was the discomfort in that humid environment and the swelling of my feet on the plane was nigh on unbearable.

We had planned a cruise but the cruise liner doesnt accept women 24 weeks preg on the ship at any time of the trip.

looking around with airlines, different policies exist for each airline as to how many weeks pregnant you can be green lighted to fly. it seemed to me that 26 weeks was a common cut off - after this time not many airlines will accept you.

We made sure to get a comprehensive insurance policy that covered everything including flights to the best hospital if the local ones weren't considered up to scratch.

I think your situation may be more dependant upon how doc classifies your pregnancy as high risk or not?

#11 dalet

Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:35 PM

I just got back fom a 4 week overseas trip, travelled from 26-30 weeks pregnant. I'm not sure that I'd go to Fiji at that stage of pregnancy for all the reasons PPs have given re medical care, food options etc... But I did want to say that I was able to get travel insurance for our trip, covering pregnancy including coverage for childbirth / baby if necessary as long as my trip concluded before the end of 30th week of pregnancy. The insurance was through Columbus Direct, and I had to pay extra to add on the preg cover. It was available as long as pregnancy wasn't declared high risk ( they list the reasons you wouldn't qualify on the faqs page on the website)

#12 Lokum

Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:44 PM

I wouldn't count on being able to receive medical care of any standard while on holiday in Fiji. I returned from o/s at 24 weeks pregnant because even Columbus Direct wouldn't cover me beyond 24 weeks (as it was an IVF PG.)

I wouldn't take the risk of a micro prem without insurance (though as PP said, you wouldn't have access to NICU there, so no worries about cost.)

What surprised me about my return trip at 24 weeks was how much the flying affected me. Admittedly it was long-haul from Europe rather than short haul to Fiji, but the pressurised cabin really knocked me about. My feet swelled horribly and I felt dreadful for 24 hours afterwards.

I flew with terrible m/s at 10 weeks with no major probs, and am usually an exellent traveller, but by 24 weeks I was just not up to it. If I'd had insurance I would've stayed o/s longer, but now I'm glad I didn't, as I really couldn't have coped with the travel. We don't know how each PG is going to play out... so maybe consider a closer, domestic holiday instead?

#13 misse10

Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:59 AM

my view is: safer than some destinations, but why not travel in australia instead?
I missed the big family holiday to bali when i was pregnant and although i was very upset about that, i felt better when it turned out they all got bali belly (even staying at flashy accommodation) so i knew it was the right decision. my baby s more precious than a holiday.

BUT DO DO DO go somewhere and have a fabulous holiday. regardless of how hard it is to travel when pregnant, it will be so much harder once you have the baby so make hay while the sun shines.

Australia has some lovely spots and your local health insurance will cover you. plus no water/food worries. And if they could hold off on the flooding for a bit you could head up north? ohmy.gif)

#14 Hootabelles

Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:28 AM

Have done it to Europe and US and am thinking again this year to Europe from 27-31 weeks pregnant. Getting insurance quotes now...they do exist thankfully!
If you have no complications then go but be aware of food in Fiji as mostly buffet etc...

#15 KT1978

Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:37 AM

I'd stay within Australia or delay the trip (Fiji would be an excellent place to laze around with a baby and recover - I saw lots of very little bubs there).




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