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Travelling to Kuramathi pregnant

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Travelling to Kuramathi pregnant

We are due to go on our honeymoon in 3 and a half weeks and have just found out we are expecting a baby. I was wondering if anyone knew If it was safe to travel

To the Maldives whilst pregnant?

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1. Re: Travelling to Kuramathi pregnant

I always worry about this when I travel to Maldives. there will definitely be bites, given that there are chances to get infected with whatever it is called. even a small chance, I wouldn't risk it for the consequence

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2. Re: Travelling to Kuramathi pregnant

The first thing I would do in your shoes is a search for the current state re zika. There have been cases of zika reported, but I wouldn't want to leap in and tell you this, that and the other without checking for up to date information. I would, however, expect that you might find that visiting whilst pregnant is not advised.

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3. Re: Travelling to Kuramathi pregnant

Hi Jade and congratulations on your news.

Unfortunately there's no way to "pretty up" the fact that UK and other health authorities worldwide have classified Maldives as having a moderate risk of Zika virus transmission and that current advice is that pregnant women should postpone non essential travel until to the country until after the pregnancy.

https:/…Other_risks

In the Top Questions on The Maldives section on the right hand side of the forum homepage is a thread dedicated to Dengue Fever and Zika virus, which I hope will be of help.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g293…

Zika is a virus that can cause serious problems during pregnancy. If you're pregnant and become infected with Zika virus, you can pass it to your baby. Zika infection during pregnancy causes a birth defect called microcephaly and other brain problems and may also be linked to other serious problems for a baby and for Mum.

There is no place "safe" from the risk of Zika in The Maldives and sadly it's effects are devastating. Research in the US suggests that Zika virus infection during pregnancy appears to be associated with grave outcomes including foetal death, placental insufficiency, foetal growth restriction and central nervous system injury.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g608…

I am not a health professional but have a background and interest in public health and a keen interest in this subject. You should of course seek professional medical advice and guidance as a matter of urgency.

There's also information here on the risk of travelling to areas with a risk of Zika on young infants:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g608…

If I were in your position I would be making contact with my Tour Operator/Travel Agent if using one to look into changing my honeymoon destination to one which does not carry a Zika risk. Alternately if you booked with a resort you may be covered for cancellation on your Travel Insurance.

I'm so sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Zika is a horrible virus which some travellers to The Maldives are unaware of. I hope the information I've given is of help and is taken in the spirit in which is was intended; to inform and advise you of the risks to you and your unborn baby.

Edited: 14 October 2018, 12:10
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4. Re: Travelling to Kuramathi pregnant

here is the current advice https:/…maldives

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5. Re: Travelling to Kuramathi pregnant

We were planning to go last year, literally minutes away from booking when I spotted on this forum Zika had reached the Maldives. It hadn't even occurred to me to check until then.

Whilst the risk is minimal, the potential consequences can be dire. We consulted our GP who arranged a call with an NHS specialist. After considering the advice, we felt the sacrifice of delaying our trip was inconsequential to eliminate the risk to our child.

We went to Dubai for our last holiday instead. Not where we'd normally go, but not exactly a hardship either. We've booked a trip to the Maldives next year, so really all it cost us was a delay of ~20 months.

NB: Whilst there is no direct evidence, specialists in the field believe there may be some risk to young infants from Zika. The potential effects are not thought to be the same as those if exposed in utero, but there is still supposition it may affect brain development . This is based on the fact up to 6 months their brains are still developing and still have some of the same cells Zika is known to attack. Therefore, we delayed our trip until our new arrival will be > 6months old.

I would advise consulting your GP.

Edited: 14 October 2018, 12:20
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6. Re: Travelling to Kuramathi pregnant

Without wanting to further hammer home what's already likely to be a pretty disappointing outcome, i don't think travelling whilst pregnant is something that you should consider in my opinion.

I've done lots and lots of research on this for a couple of reasons - firstly we travelled to the Maldives on Honeymoon earlier this year and i took in all the advice about what precautions to take on return and how for 6 months after travel you should really be taking precautions with family planning etc. I've also continued to look into this because we'd have really liked to go back to the Maldives but with being advised not to travel whilst pregnant it pretty much pushes plans back by 6 months following the return and that for us has meant we're not going to be able to look at travelling back for a few years now unfortunately.

I can imagine that the excitement of the honeymoon is high however that's nothing I expect compared to finding out you're pregnant so i'd advise speaking to your agents/insurers to see if there's any opportunity to change/delay/cancel any part of the holiday (which i suspect may not be possible at this stage but worth a go) and then take it from there.

Congratulations though on the pregnancy! t

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7. Re: Travelling to Kuramathi pregnant

Congratulations on your wedding and baby!

For some reason everyone's focused on Zika when answering your question. It's worth talking to your GP to make sure you're ok for the long-haul flight and transfer. Generally, if you're in good health, there's no need to worry about the trip, but a stranger on the internet can't answer that for you. I would be concerned about long-distance travel, handling the heat and humidity and how you're coping with morning sickness and a different diet. These are all concerns you'd need to think of wherever you choose to go.

The first trimester is a tricky one and your risks don't really change when on holiday in the Maldives but you need to consider that you're further away from a hospital should you need one. If you do decide to travel, make sure your travel insurance truly is comprehensive.

Coming to zika, I can totally understand if you want to change your booking and don't contradict any of the above comments. However, if for whatever reason you can't, then for a realistic basis to calculate the risk of zika, this is the Maldives ministry of health statement confirming they've only ever had three cases, and none at all in the past year: http://www.health.gov.mv/Uploads/Downloads//Informations/Informations(138).pdf

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8. Re: Travelling to Kuramathi pregnant

It's hard to quantify risk from that statement. In the 2 year period (2016-2017) they state they sampled (tested) 651 people and found 3 subjects who positively tested for Zika.

But they don't elaborate on their methodology. For example some fundamental information is missing, such as how and why they selected their sample. Was it random. Was it self selecting based on symptoms. Was it spread out over the 2 year period. Geographic spread of the sample, etc, etc.

https://maldivesindependent.com/society/two-…

If you presume they included the two tourists discussed in the above article, then that indicates only one other person contracted Zika in the Maldives. I'm guessing those tourists aren't included as the statement appears to imply its related to the results of their own testing.

Regardless, it does appear the risk is small. But the probability of an event is not the only consideration in directing ones decision. The potential consequences and the cost to avoid the risk entirely are also key factors. In our case we felt the consequences could be so dire and set against that the cost to avoid the risk completely was minimal in the grand scheme of our lives.

Conversely, the only way to eliminate the risk from Dengue would be to never travel to the Maldives. Swinging the balance the other way.

Anyway, good luck OP which ever way you go.

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9. Re: Travelling to Kuramathi pregnant

We are currently staying at Kandima and I’m surprised at the amount of pregnant women here.

So there are still women who choose to travel to the Maldives whilst pregnant.

Good luck with whatever you choose to do.

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10. Re: Travelling to Kuramathi pregnant

I think people have probably focussed on zika because the question was about travelling to the Maldives particularly. I'm guessing that for general travel in pregnancy advice, women would generally tend to go to less specific forums/people.

WRT to the other aspects, I'd reassure (as far as possible between complete strangers with no specialist or specific knowledge of each other) that people travel all over the world when pregnant and most don't give it a second thought. That said, I've travelled long haul in early pregnancy twice and while travelling, heat, humidity etc were not an issue at all, both times complete exhaustion and feeling pretty grim put a dampner on expensive and much anticipated trips. From that point of view I guess it might have been better to postpone! Malaria prophylaxis was also a potential issue requiring some consideration, as was what it was - or felt - safe to eat, but I was not in an upmarket maldives resort!

Frusci, I personally think that was wise (just my opinion, obviously). I am fairly sure that most women who have pregancy complications or whose child has any issues wonder if they did something to cause it...and those wonderings never go away. Moreover, taking a risk - even a very small risk - in early pregancy probably leads to several months of nagging worry after the initial short-lived risk situation is over.

I would have thought one would expect travel insurance to cough up under the circumstances(?)

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