I've just found out I'm pregnant and my husband and I want one last romantic holiday in Italy before the baby comes. Do I need specialist pregnancy travel insurance? I keep reading about 'pre-existing medical conditions' and wondering if pregnancy is classed as one? Melanie Rawson, Leeds
We get many calls from women in their first trimester worried that pregnancy counts as a 'pre-existing medical condition' and they will need special travel insurance - they won't. With a few exceptions, 99% of expectant mothers are perfectly fine and will be covered by a standard travel insurance policy, meaning they can relax and make the most of a much-needed break before the big day.
There are three basic rules Mums-to-Be need to be aware of when travelling:
Joanna Hunter, Editor of Essential Travel Magazine says: Morning sickness isn't quite Stuart's remit, so I've stepped in.
Obviously if you are really worried about your morning sickness you should consult your doctor, but one option is Biobands, anti-motion sickness acupressure bands that are said to be effective for morning sickness as well as general travel sickness.
Other suggestions for combating morning sickness - when travelling or otherwise - include eating small but frequent meals, carrying a perfumed handkerchief for combatting strong, nausea-inducing odours and eating lots of protein, as this is believed to fight off nausea. Good luck - and have a good trip!
Please note: If you should go into labour prematurely (i.e. prior to 32 weeks), this can be classed as unexpected and should therefore be covered. But you would not be allowed to ask for a caesarean section when the natural birthing procedure is adequate. In any circumstances a call should be made to the emergency medical assistance line for their help in ensuring you get the right treatment while you are away.
Last Updated: November 2014