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Cape Verde @ 24 weeks pregnant, any flags??

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RachB2020 · 15/02/2020 10:33

Hey - I’m looking on having a mini baby moon before things get serious! (Nothing is booked yet) but me and my partner are looking to go to Cape Verde Boa Vista for 1 week in May, I’ll be 24/25 weeks then.

Anybody ever had any issue travelling for 6 hours? Also just traveling in general when in 2nd trimester? I’m aware of being hydrated and taking mosquito repellent etc any advice will be helpful. Thank you

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Lippy1234 · 15/02/2020 14:16

I travelled to Jamaica when I was 22-24 weeks pregnant and found I had to walk around the plane quite a bit and I definitely recommend wearing flight socks.

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teapotter · 15/02/2020 20:20

Check your travel insurance on the very very unlikely case that baby comes early or you have complications. I think most cover you and baby up to thirty-something weeks pregnant. Not wanting to scare you, it’s incredibly rare but NICU is expensive and that’s what insurance is for. Otherwise you will be fine.

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Ginfordinner · 16/02/2020 23:00

Would they even have the right kind of facilities in Cape Verde?

Would you not consider holidaying somewhere a little closer?

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DreamingofSunshine · 17/02/2020 08:22

I went to las Vegas at 24 weeks, but I was in business class which helped, I don't think I could have done economy for that long. I got insurance with staysure which covered pregnancy at that stage, and provided the level of cover I needed for the USA.

I'd be concerned about the medical facilities for a potentially very premature baby in Cape Verde, otherwise you are looking at a very long medivac flight.

Canaries/south of Spain/Cyprus should all be warm enough in May and are closer.

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ShamefulBlanket · 17/02/2020 08:33

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BarbaraofSeville · 17/02/2020 08:38

Would they even have the right kind of facilities in Cape Verde

That would be my concern - no idea what facilities are available in CV should the baby come very early or there be other complications.

Foreign office advice says that medical facilities are particularly limited on Boa Vista

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cape-verde/health

Perhaps, like Dreaming says, one of the larger Canary Islands, southern Spain or Cyprus might be better in these circumstances.

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Shangrilalala · 17/02/2020 08:40

I’ve travelled long haul mid pregnancy and have also been to Cape Verde. I really wouldn’t go there when pregnant. The hotels are OK (nowhere near as luxurious as they make out) but the general facilities that surround the complexes are basic in the extreme. I found life as a tourist difficult and I’m not particularly hard to please. It has the potential to be fine but also to be a nightmare.

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glenhaggis · 17/02/2020 08:40

We looked at going to CV a few years ago but one of the party had a chronic condition, we didn't go because there was no hospital.

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mrsjackrussell · 17/02/2020 08:46

Iv just been to boa vista in an amazing hotel. I saw a few pregnant ladies there and there was a doctor on site. But as far as I know there's no hospital on the island. No you can't drink the water but the hotel we stayed in gave us plenty of bottled water.

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Pilot12 · 17/02/2020 08:54

There are no hospitals on Cape Verde, if something serious should happen you would need to get your insurance company to arrange a private jet/other transportation to get you to a hospital. I would go somewhere with decent medical facilities just incase.

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Frankiethree · 17/02/2020 08:56

So late in my pregnancy I would go to Spain, Portugal or anywhere with excellent hospitals should I need it.

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squee123 · 17/02/2020 09:02

be very careful with travel insurance. Whilst most cover you as pregnancy isn't classed as an illness, a lot don't actually cover the cost of treating a premature baby, which at 24 weeks would be eye wateringly huge. I did a lot of research before I went away recently and ended up with Mama to B specialist travel insurance.

I flew 9 hours at 27 and then 29 weeks and it was okay, except I uncomfortable being upright for so long and had quitea bit of rib pain. I would have been fine at 24 weeks, but of course you can never be sure in advance.

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