How many month should a pregnant woman be save to travel?

How Far Ahead Should You Be While Traveling

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How many months should a pregnant woman be safe to travel?
There are no explicit reasons why women cannot travel at any time of her pregnancy. All countries and airline companies state that pregnancy is not a state of physical handicap or inability, but for the safety of the mother and the baby, they restrict the times during which a mother and baby can travel.



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Can you travel at six or seven months pregnant?

Generally, you should be not more than 7 months pregnant to ensure your travel is smooth, and you don’t face any challenges from the travel companies you will be using. Post the 7th month (28th week), there are several checks put in place, even by your doctor. Plus, the chances of you being allowed to enter the USA in latter stages of pregnancy are not very high, unless you have a medical emergency. Consult your ob-gyn to get your medical clearance, and you may be advised not to do so, not without someone traveling with you.

The ideal time to travel during pregnancy is in the second trimester (no later than the 6th month).


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There are three main reasons for this advice:

  • The first trimester is when your body is getting used to the physical and hormonal changes that are taking place within it. That’s when you feel the urge to throw up, sleep, or have mood swings a lot. Your second trimester is probably the most confident period of your pregnancy because by then, you have a routine established if you’re having a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy.


  • Your energy levels dip in the first and third trimester, what with you throwing up what you eat, having less sleep, not being able to eat all that you want, a constant change of moods from elation to depression, etc. You are at the peak of your physical well-being in your second trimester.



  • Lastly, the chances of developing complications due to traveling are extremely low during this period. Premature labor, breaking of water, and miscarriages during this period are rare, provided you plan your travel well. If the distance is too long much and you need to change carriers or airplanes, then have ample amount of time to rest before you make the switch, and don’t keep the timings of the two carriers too close to each other.


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Apart from your personal items and toiletries, make it a point to keep your emergency pills and medical records handy, should you ever require them while traveling.

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Airline Pregnancy Policy

Airline Pregnancy Policy



More than the customs and immigration officials, we have the transport providers having rules about traveling while you are pregnant. The simple rule followed by immigration officers is that you don’t try to exploit US facilities to new mothers and babies, but bear in mind the rules that travel companies (airlines and shipping) have for you.





 Can you fly at six months pregnant?

Before we get into the rules, an important thing to note is that rules are flexible from carrier to carrier as to the airline policy for pregnant women.They aren’t standard across the industry, so make it a point to check with each transport provider separately about their travel requirements for pregnant women before you book your flight. Assuming rules applicable for one company are valid across the industry could cost you heavily.

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Why are airline policy important?

The restrictions they have in place are for the safety of the mother and child, as well as to try and avoid the companies from being responsible for you both, or come under fire for any mishaps that may occur to you. they want to be sure the pregnant woman is fit to fly.



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What you should cross out of your checklist:  

  1. If you already are pregnant, the number of weeks you’ve completed
  2. Until the 7th month, most companies let you decide on the prudence of traveling while pregnant, either alone or accompanied. Most companies have extra rules and precautions for women who are 7 or more months pregnant.
  3. Medical clearance is a must for advanced pregnant women
  4. There are more checks and restrictions on women carrying multiple babies in their wombs
  5. If you have been pregnant in the past, they will check as to whether your previous one(s) was a smooth one, any miscarriages, and the cause for any other anomalies.

  6. Premature labor chances, or which have happened in the past, are also considered by airline companies before permitting you to travel with them
  7. Medical clearance to travel from your doctor attending to you during your pregnancy specifically
  8. Depending on the number of hours you spend in transit, you may be asked to bring along with you, your obstetrician or midwife, should you need assistance to tend to you in emergency situations. Generally, travel of more than 5 hours is considered with more care
  9. Any pregnancy complications, such as premature labor in the past, placenta previa, bleeding, and the age of your pregnancy are important factors
  10. If your delivery date is 4 or fewer weeks from your date of travel, almost all airline companies will ask for medical clearance from a reputable doctor who specializes in obstetrics.
  11. Traveling 7 days before or after your delivery date is generally not permitted. It can, only if you have special reasons for doing so, and have the necessary medical clearance
  12. Some companies also require you to undergo a check-up 30 to 7 days before pregnancy. The tests must be conducted 2-3 days before your date of travel, at the most.
  13. Certain companies have in-house examinations conducted by officials. It wouldn’t be an in-depth check-up like one done by your gynecologist or obstetrician, but it would be to ensure the general well-being of you and the baby you carry. It would also help officials match the details you’ve provided in relation to your travel, purpose, and state of pregnancy, against the actual, live details.
  14. Some companies have a blanket policy of denying women who are more than 36 weeks from traveling if they have one baby, and 32 weeks or more pregnant in case of multiple babies.
  15. Expected delivery date and week should be listed in the medical clearance letter that you get filled by your doctor
  16. Turbulence, deep vein thrombosis, travel sickness, crowd of people, and pressurization due to confinement in a limited space (plane or ship cabin) are some of the challenges that women need to face, and are informed about upfront before they travel
  17. A final point to be borne in mind is that all your reports, certificates, and letters should preferably be made up in multiple languages, especially if you hail from a country where English is not the native language.

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2 Years Visa Pre Pregnancy

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What if you have a 2 years visa prior to pregnancy?

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Scenario: A lady applied for visa to USA, and was given a 2 years Visa possibly B1 or B1/B2 visa. Visa B1 is for tourist purpose while Visa B2 is for Medical purpose. Then she becomes pregnant and now decide  to take advantage of the Visa to travel to US and have her baby. Is this possible? Are there risks involve? What steps are expected of her to take to ensure the legitimacy of her action?

Some might have applied for a 2 years’ tourist B1/B2 Visa and got approved before getting pregnant. In fact, you might have traveled to the US as a tourist using the visa. However, traveling with same visa for having a child requires that you notify the Visa Issuing Embassy of your new intention.

What to do if you have 2 years visa pre pregnancy and you now intend to give birth in us

Check the Contact Us page of the US Embassy of your country to see their email address.

Write a letter to the embassy indicating your new intention to seek medical treatment or give birth in the USA.

A sample of the NOTICE OF CHANGE OF INTENTION is below.

The embassy will typically respond within 7 to 10 working days, stating the need to have sufficient funds and the need to have a confirmation document from the caregiver in the US which is to be presented at the entry point to immigration officers in other to avoid being refused entry to the US.

Make sure you print out the correspondence and response from the Embassy and have it handy at the point of entry. In rare cases, the US Embassy may request a physical interview and may include a comment on the VISA so that it covers medical treatment.

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Dear Sir/Ma,


I wish to notify you of my change of intent of my B1/B2 visa no…. The visa was granted to me for a business trip/conference/family vacation /on date…. Which I traveled and came back on date…… (Or the conference/family vacation/business trip was canceled due to exigency beyond my control).

However, I recently discovered that am pregnant and have decided to have my baby in the US. I have contacted ….. Hospital and have booked an appointment with my caregiver ………….. for date….

All the fees involved have being estimated and I am sure I have the financial ability to pay.

I will arrive the US on …..

Thank you for your understanding.


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15 Basic Traveling formalities to USA

Gaining entrance into a new country is a long, complicated business. That was the popular notion until a few years back now. Thanks to the increase in the number of globetrotters, this is no longer true. There are millions of people traveling to different countries; they either fly to them or travel by the sea route. There are a few who choose to travel by land too, but this is an option limited to countries that are close to each other on a single land mass, or masses connected to each other in some way. If you know the basic traveling formalities required by USA it will go a long way to reduce your stress.

As much as traveling has become simpler, the rules associated with entering countries has too. However, due to the increased vigilance on people to keep home countries secure, not all rules can be waived off. Depending on the country you are traveling from, there are varied rules applicable to travelers. You first need to take care of some basic traveling formalities before you can concentrate on the specifics applicable to pregnant women. Here are some of them:

Cost of Giving Birth in USA: 9 Women’s experience

Cost of Giving Birth in the USA: 9 Women’s experience

The cost of childbirth in the U.S varies by State, City,  Hospital, and Caregiver. The procedure and type of delivery also matter a lot. While some relate experiences that are so scary, some have enjoyed is a reasonable cost due to a good insurance cover.
Below is a write up about experiences from Nine women who gave birth in different cities showing their personal experiences and the total amount paid for child delivery.


Korin Miller  (Women’s Health)

Total Cost: $5,000

I almost had a breakdown after my son was born, and it wasn’t due to new-mom anxiety. Despite having “great” health insurance, my husband and I were handed more than $5,000 in hospital bills.

As if the price tag wasn’t painful enough, the invoices trickled in over the span of nine months. We’d scramble to pay off a large bill and—bam!—another one would arrive in the mail that was due in two weeks.
I tried to fight a few of the more outrageous ones, like the $800 bill for “blood” since I never had a blood transfusion. I was laughed at by a hospital administrator—she told me that I’d never been able to successfully get rid of the charge, that we were billed because the hospital had blood “in case” I needed it…but I hadn’t.
We had saved up for months to lessen the financial blow of my maternity leave and new baby expenses. That money was wiped out in a month, all because of hospital bills. I was already frazzled with learning how to keep a baby alive, and the unexpected financial stress didn’t help.
Unfortunately, my frustration isn’t rare. Countless families have gone through the same situation. While some women have tiny hospital bills after giving birth, they seem to be the minority.
Planning to have a child one day or just want to see how bad you had it compared to other women? Check out the hospital bills of several women from across the country below—all of whom were insured—then get expert input on how you can keep costs at bay when you give birth.


Amy, Brooklyn, New York

Total cost: $6,285

What went down: Attempted natural childbirth, but had to have an emergency C-section

In her own words: “After the birth, the bills started coming in fast and furious.  I tried to keep on top of them and send them off to the insurance companies. It seemed like everyone at the hospital sent a separate bill, which made everything even harder to keep track of. I have come to expect hospitals to charge ridiculous amounts in indecipherable bills for unrequested services. I get very nervous when I receive multiple bills for the same procedure because it is so hard to ferret out what is what, and I am always concerned that I am being double-billed for things.  I should be more aware and careful about it, but I was not in a state to do that at the time. Honestly, I probably paid more than I owed because I didn’t take the time to follow up on things. I think that whole system needs to be overhauled and pricing needs to be more transparent.”


Ce, Winchester, Virginia

Total cost: $52

What went down: No birth complications and had an epidural
In her own words: “I had a great pregnancy and delivery, although the little man was stressed at the end. He wouldn’t breathe for four minutes after he was born, and they had to do CPR to get him to. He was monitored in the nursery, but other than that, it was smooth sailing. Our insurance is good. We knew the cost would be low, but we didn’t know it would be that low. I love our insurance!”


Katie, Providence, Rhode Island

Total cost: $5,000

What went down: No birth complications and had an epidural
In her own words: “We were somewhat surprised by the costs when I gave birth to my second son because some things weren’t covered. Seeing how much the hospital charged for stuff was totally nuts. Our insurance year renewed in the middle of my pregnancy so the deductible started over. I know that should have been obvious, but we hadn’t thought about it! What’s really crazy is that we had different insurance with our first son and paid almost nothing—even though our sons were born at the same hospital.”


Nora, Unionville, Pennsylvania

Total cost: $6,000

What went down: Had a scheduled Caesarian
In her own words: “I hate insurance. It is so confusing. I had a C-section, so that added more cost and I had to stay in the hospital for two days after giving birth. Some of the bills were in my name, and some were in my baby’s name. The cost was not a surprise. I called my insurance company when I knew I was going to have a C-section, just to be sure that we were covered. I had our son in May, and we went to settlement on a new home at the end of June, so we did a payment plan for the hospital bills. We just got everything paid off in November. It is crazy, the cost of having kids.”


Lindsay, Brooklyn, New York

Total cost: $2,000

What went down: Had a natural childbirth at a hospital with a midwife
In her own words: “I was shocked and frustrated by the cost. The midwife practice that was recommended to me—because they do all their deliveries in a hospital—did not accept any insurance at the time. So we paid out of pocket. After our baby came along, happy and healthy, we filed an insurance claim but still owed $2,000.
“I stayed in the hospital for less than 24 hours. I did not use any medication. But because I opted for a ‘natural’ or un-medicated delivery, I paid much more than many friends who were covered upfront by insurance and used far more health services, including way more medication and diagnostic tools and had far longer stays in the hospital.”


Haley, Washington, D.C.

Total cost: $0

What went down: 30 hours of labor, three hours of pushing, and had an unplanned C-section
In her own words: “I remember wondering what the bill was going to look like in the days and weeks after my horrendous delivery ordeal. I went through the whole thing—epidural, Pitocin [a drug that is used to kickstart labor], water breaking, increased epidural, ice pops, pushing, pushing, and more pushing—and all of that was followed by surgery and a four-night hospital stay. I was absolutely flabbergasted that the only out-of-pocket expense we had to pay was the difference between a private and shared room [$1,200 for a four-night stay]! I kept waiting for more bills to come in, but they never did. I guess I have great insurance coverage.”


Julie, Detroit, Michigan

Total cost: $19.99

What went down: Induced due to pre-eclampsia and had an epidural
In her own words: “The original cost was $19,000, but my military health care covered all but $19.99. I’ve heard of tons of people having to pay loads of money to have babies. I know that I’m very lucky with my health insurance.”

Laura, Lewes, Delaware

Total cost: $6,000

What went down: No complications and had an epidural
In her own words: “Our bill from just the obstetrician was around $3,000—that’s not accounting for any hospital or anesthesiologist fees. We definitely expected it to be high because our insurance isn’t the best, but our hospital bills never stopped. It was constant and seemed never-ending. What we didn’t think about is that you start to get bills for the baby, as well. For the next pregnancy, we’re putting money in our HSA to help.”