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Traveling While Pregnant in the Middle East

Is not easy.

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My wife Chaya has continued to work diligently at showing the world of traveling from the perspective of, first, a pregnant woman, and, later, as a mother.

Most traveling families that we have known of are either going on resort tours or have a very flexible budget. We have neither. These entries from Chaya show the raw side of what it is like to balance the priorities of traveling the world with that of raising a family.

Chaya traveling with Petra in the Dominican Republic

Chaya traveling with Petra in the Dominican Republic

The following are links to Chaya’s recent entries to Travels with Petra.

A guide for women traveling abroad– This is a collection of tips that Chaya collected for women to avoid problems or compromising circumstances while traveling internationally. Although this guide is directed at women, anybody would be well to take this advice.

Adventures in Syria– This is an entry about our travels through Syria when Chaya was around 5 months pregnant with Petra.

Travel to Iraq while Pregnant– This is Chaya’s take on our travels to Iraq, and the risk/ benefit ration of traveling the world while pregnant. This was where we first felt Petra kick.

Pre-natal Visit in Istanbul– Visiting a doctor abroad can be a frightening prospect. In Istanbul, we went to a regular hospital and paid about $20 for a complete prenatal checkup, which included an ultrasound. This entry also has an element in it of how a traveler often needs to stand their ground when trying to get what they need abroad.

Please visit these pages and let Chaya know what you think. She is currently debating the benefit ratio of continuing this site.


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About the Author:

I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3691 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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