I Wish I’d Gotten Life Insurance Before I Got Pregnant

I knew that having our first child meant that getting life insurance should be a top priority for both me and my husband. We researched policies, got a quote for an affordable term life insurance policy and had our medical exams. Imagine my surprise when, a few weeks later, the agent called me back and told me my new “adjusted” rate.

The cost of my policy had gone from a reasonable monthly fee they’d quoted me—to nearly four times that amount. The reason, he said, was that my cholesterol levels were high. I called my doctor in a panic. “Cholesterol levels always spike during pregnancy,” she reassured me, “and they probably won’t be back to normal until a few months after you give birth.”

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After doing some research, I found that it’s nearly always better to get a life insurance policy before you get pregnant to avoid potential price hikes brought on by temporary conditions during pregnancy. While some companies will account for the fact that you gained weight due to the pregnancy, factors like higher blood pressure or postpartum depression can also affect your ability to get the best rates.

Now my daughter is three months old, and I’m still waiting for my numbers to dip before starting again. I really wish I’d known to start this process when trying to conceive instead.

—Carrie, Editor in Chief of LearnVest

This is a small extract from an article entitled 'I Sure Could Have Used Life Insurance': 3 True stories which fist appeared on Forbes Online

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