5 Tips for Planning a Babymoon
Your last few months of pregnancy is the only time you and your partner will have to spend together before welcoming your new addition. Many parents choose to celebrate their pregnancy with a “babymoon” to enjoy quality alone time before their family grows. Whether you’re more of a staycation kind of gal or want to get the heck out of town, we’ve put together a guide with five of our best tips for planning a babymoon.
1. Choose The Right Destination
First things first: agree on a locale. This is your time to sit back, relax and enjoy your time as a couple, so it’s important to choose a babymoon destination that appeals to both you and your partner. Make a date night out of it and share your babymoon ideas over dinner.
If you’re looking for a more affordable babymoon destination, you may want to opt for somewhere domestic. The U.S. offers plenty of scenic beaches, friendly cities, and tropical getaway spots for expectant parents. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends or family for their recommendations when it comes to the best places for a babymoon.
If the thought of planning a trip adds to the mounting stress of preparing for your little one’s arrival, consider a package like an all-inclusive cruise, or booking through a travel company.
2. Check Out the Restrictions
Make sure you check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel advisories. Outbreaks of certain diseases like Zika may affect your babymoon plans if the CDC recommends avoiding certain destinations. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology recommends consulting your doctor before planning any international trips.
Although it’s safe for women without high-risk pregnancies to travel, certain cruise lines and airlines may have restrictions for pregnant women. If you plan on taking to the seas, make sure there is a health care provider on board. Check out the hosts’ websites before booking plane tickets or cruise packages.
3. Think about Timing
Traveling during the second trimester tends to be the most ideal time for expectant moms. The nausea of the first trimester should hopefully be a distant memory, and you won’t be quite as uncomfortable as you will be in the late stages of pregnancy. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the safest time for a pregnant woman to travel is between 18 and 24 weeks, but be sure to consult your doctor on when is best for your specific pregnancy.
4. Prepare for Comfort
Pack layers so that you can adjust your clothes based on the changing temperatures (and hormones) that you may experience on your babymoon getaway. Don’t forget to bring snacks that you’re able to keep down, especially if you’re still dealing with morning sickness. You’ll want to have food on-hand regardless of whether you’re flying, driving or taking to the seas. Bringing a pregnancy pillow might also help keep you comfortable while sleeping in a hotel bed. This trip is about taking time for yourself before you have the baby, so pack whatever you need to feel comfortable away from home and make the most of your babymoon.
5. Cherish Your Time
Becoming a parent is very rewarding, but it’s a life-changing event and you’ll want to enjoy your last moments as a family of two. Leave behind the new baby craziness that is waiting for you at home and take a break from baby names and nursery colors. Plan relaxing activities like a spa day or a romantic dinner that will allow you to celebrate your relationship. Consider creating a photo album that documents your trip so that you can reflect on your babymoon getaway for years to come.