Babymoons are becoming more and more popular with each passing year. A babymoon is an escape from day-to-day life and a chance to enjoy a few days (or possibly weeks) with your loved one(s) before your baby is born. If you’re planning a babymoon, we have a few tips for you to help you make the most of your final pre-baby vacation.
Travel during your second trimester
- The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology says that the best time for pregnant women to travel is during the second trimester - between 18 to 24 weeks.
- By your second trimester, your morning sickness should, hopefully, be gone. This should mean that you’ll have more energy to travel.
- If you are planning a trip further into your pregnancy, you will want to consult with your doctor to make certain that you can still travel safely.
Stay Close to Home
- Comfort is key during a babymoon. A long plane ride may not be the best idea. If you need to make a quick escape, you may want to choose a destination that is easily accessible and that has frequent flights to and from your home city.
- Staying close to your own time zone can also ensure you don’t suffer from jet lag.
- If you do fly, be sure to check with your airline about special rules and services for pregnant passengers. You may be required to provide a note from your doctor in order to fly. Even if you aren’t required to get a doctor's permission, you may want to get a note anyway (just in case any unexpected travel detours take place).
- When flying, choose an aisle seat close to a lavatory. Be sure to stay hydrated and walk around the cabin to avoid blood clots.
Avoid “exotic” destinations
- Some travel destinations require vaccinations, which may be better to avoid during pregnancy. Specifically, you should avoid malaria-prone destinations.
- Certain food specialties may be popular in your destination, but you may want to avoid them during pregnancy. Be sure to check on the food situation before you book your trip.
- In case of emergency, you will want to choose a location where you feel comfortable with the medical facilities and practices.
Try to Stay in One Location
- Don’t try to visit too many places on your trip. You don't want to overexert yourself. A light itinerary will give you time to relax in between activities and sightseeing trips. By taking these “baby steps” (pun intended), you can schedule breaks throughout the day and avoid getting to tired.
- Staying in one location can keep stress levels to a minimum. You won’t have to pack or haul your luggage from place to place every couple days.
- Here are some of our favorite boutique hotels that are perfect for a babymoon getaway.
Create an Emergency Contact List
- Wherever you end up, you should have a list of local hospitals, doctors and services that you may need in case of emergency.
- Be sure to take photocopies of your medical records as well.
- Before your trip, check your medical and travel insurance policies to see how they address any issues pertaining to pregnancy.
- Be sure that your hotel room has air conditioning.You’ll want to stay at a comfortable temperature in case those perky hot flashes kick in.
- If you’re headed to a sunny destination, be sure to stay in the shade whenever possible.
- If you’re out and about in the sun, be sure to slather on sunscreen. Remember that your skin is extra sensitive during pregnancy.
Find a Pool
- One of the greatest perks of a babymoon should be the ability to truly relax before your baby is born. Swimming helps to support your weight and can relieve the pressure and soreness associated with pregnancy. If you plan to do a fair amount of sightseeing on your trip, then a dip in the pool would be the perfect end (or beginning) to your day.
- Packing comfortable shoes should be a no-brainer. You may want to bring a few extra things to make yourself more comfortable. For example, you might want to pack the body pillow you sleep with at home.
- Pack snacks for in between meals.
- If you’re flying, wear compression socks to help with blood circulation.
- Bring luggage that is easy to wheel around. Also, try to avoid over-packing.
- Don’t forget to pack any medications that you need.
- This may be your last chance to really spoil yourself before the baby arrives. Choose to stay at a location that offers special spa packages for expectant mothers.
- If you’re hotel doesn’t have a specific package for moms to be, just mentioning that you are on a babymoon may result in some unexpected upgrades.
The most important part of the babymoon is for you to enjoy yourself. Whether you go with your partner, friends or family, remember that this is a time to focus on you. Soon all of your attention will go to your little one... so live it up!
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