There are a few things you may want to do before embarking on your vacation in Italy:
- Subscribe to an insurance plan before your trip to Italy begins. Apart from routine visits and blood tests, unexpected complications may force you to delay your trips. While you might not mind an extra day or two in Rome, your wallet will suffer!
- Research the contacts of a medical provider that can assist you while in Italy. This way, you will have someone to care for you, and guide you during your trip. Make sure to carry with you all medical records that concern your pregnancy!
- Talk to your Obstetrician before leaving. While it is true that travelling is mostly safe for pregnant women, there are some exceptions. Women with complicated pregnancies – such as gestational diabetes, or preeclampsia – may be discouraged from travelling.
How safe your trip will be depends partially on the country you are visiting.
Travelling to Italy will not be as risky as traveling to an exotic location in the jungle.
Why? Non-drinkable water and infectious diseases, common in many countries, to name a few. Vaccinations may be required to visit some countries and not all of them are safe for pregnant women.
Check your visiting country immunization requirements at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/.
In general, the rule of thumb for all pregnant women should be to disregard all non-medical advice and always ask a doctor: no one knows what’s best for you and your baby better than your ob-gyn!
If you have any questions of wish to have a check up with an English speaking obgyn in Italy, you can find one with DoctorsinItaly!