As worries about Zika virus mount, pregnant travelers may find they have limited leeway to reschedule, relocate or cancel vacation plans.
Last week the World Health Organization declared Zika a public health emergency, noting the virus's suspected ties to microcephaly and other neurological complications in newborns. The Centers for Disease Control have issued Level 2 warnings for 30 areas where the disease is being actively transmitted — including Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica and the U.S. Virgin Islands — urging travelers to take extra precautions.
Pregnant women in any trimester, the CDC warns, should "consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing."
Changing babymoon plans, however, isn't always easy or cheap.
Travelers' first step should be to check the cancellation and change policies for hotel, airfare and other travel components, said Jason Clampet, co-founder of travel site Skift.com. You may not even need to mention Zika fears; many hotels, for example, still allow penalty-free cancellation with just a few days' notice, he said.