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Moving overseas when pregnant

6 January 2022

Moving to a different country is a big undertaking in itself and particularly so when pregnant. If you are planning to move abroad when pregnant there are certain things you should plan in advance of the move to ensure a smooth transition to your new destination. 

Once you have made the decision to move to a new destination you will need to do some preliminary research and planning. Is there adequate maternity care in your new location and is it located near to where you will be living? Will you have to pay for appointments, or can they be covered with insurance? How far in advance do you need to make your appointments? Will there be language barriers? 


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Having plans set in place can help to keep stress at a minimum allowing you to focus on being well in your pregnancy. Planning can be made for after the birth too - are there childcare facilities nearby? Are there play groups to join? What is the local school like? All of these things are important factors in ensuring yours and your child’s happiness in the future. 

During a pregnancy there are certain stages when it is safe to travel by air. Passengers past 28 weeks of pregnancy may need a letter from a doctor or midwife confirming that they are safe to travel abroad by plane. Many airlines will not allow passengers who are over 37 weeks pregnant to travel. The safest times during pregnancy to fly are before 37 weeks, if pregnant with one baby or before 32 weeks if you are pregnant with twins. 

It is essential that you speak to your dedicated pregnancy medical professional about your plans before you book your ticket. 

Before you move, you should schedule an appointment with a doctor or specialist for when you arrive.

Some locations require people to take a vaccine to enter the country. If you are moving somewhere that requires you to have one, check if they are suitable for pregnancy. Some anti-malaria tablets, for example, aren’t safe to take while pregnant, and some vaccines that use live bacteria or viruses also are not recommended.

Gather and organise all medical records and documents related to your pregnancy so they will be easily available to the doctors and medical practitioners in your new location. If moving to a location where a different language is spoken it is worthwhile having these documents translated. You may also consider translating a list of emergency contacts.

It is now time to think practically about your child being born in your new location - how do you register their birth? Will they hold dual nationality? Do you need to complete specific documentation for this? These are all things you need to know and plan for. 


It is also important that as an expecting parent, you are not isolated and have a support network in your new destination. Search for prenatal classes, support groups, parent and child groups and get in touch to find out about how you can join.

Just as you would at home, have your birth plan set out and include a plan B option just in case. Ensure that this plan is possible in your chosen destination and make any doctors etc that you meet during your appointments aware of your plans. 

With the right support and plan, moving abroad while pregnant should be smooth sailing for you and your baby. 


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