Congratulations! It is that time in your pregnancy when you are O-V-E-R picking out baby names, choosing nursery colors and even planning for your little one’s delivery. You need a vacation! Friends and family might tell you that your life will never be the same. A babymoon might be your last chance to be alone and relax with your partner. I know, babymoon is the new travel buzzword and it seems trendy, but what really is a babymoon?
A babymoon is a relaxing or romantic vacation taken by parents-to-be before the baby is born. Simply put, it is a honeymoon before the baby arrives. It is like the bachelor(ette) party before the wedding. Planning a babymoon is the perfect way to celebrate this milestone.
If you are considering a babymoon, here are a few reasons why you should say yes! First, health is wealth. I will continue to say it — take time to slow down and do nothing.
It is also good for you and your partner. Reconnect. It is time for the two of you to remember how you came to this point of expanding the family. Remember why you are a great couple and will be even better parents.
Finally, can I say, this is the last shebang? The truth is, those carefree days are over, and diapers, carpools and sleepovers are in your near future. Take advantage of your time.
When to Go
Most babymoons are typically taken during the second trimester of pregnancy because, hopefully, morning sickness has passed and you are not so big that you feel miserable. You might even get a burst of energy during that time.
Where to Go
You cannot go wrong with a spa or a beach, but I would stay away from bustling cities. It can be stressful hitting subways, catching buses and doing everything that comes with the big city lights.
Another helpful way to decide on a place is to look at budget-friendly locales. Don’t forget that you will have a little one soon — be sure to include this in your pre-baby planning budget. An affordable locale in the states can be just as beautiful as a far-flung destination.
California is a popular choice with soon-to-be-moms, along with New Orleans. Both have a rich culture and great culinary delights, all surrounded by beautiful scenery. If you’re looking for something in the Northeast, try Vermont. It’s nice and quiet, with spa resorts and stunning views.
Things to Consider
Remember to talk to your doctor about flying. Physicians have differing opinions about what’s safe, and sometimes you may be required to travel with a doctor’s note. Cruise lines restrict customers after 27 weeks into the pregnancy.
Travel time is also critical. A 12-hour car ride is not fun for a woman in her second trimester. Don’t shy away from something new, but consider your comfort when you choose a destination. Make a list of the activities you want to do that will help you relax, and plan accordingly.
What Should You Pack?
What do you need? Making a list is a great way to stay organized, and sticking to a color scheme always helps. Mix and match your favorite pieces, and always wear the heaviest items en route. You should pack for comfort. Bring sunscreen. Make sure you have a water bottle.
Now that you are ready to jet set, milk it! Airlines and other travel partners love special occasions. Ask to board early, and share your plans with your resort. You could score a few free upgrades and extra amenities. Many resorts and hotels now include babymoon packages for new parents.
Finally, I know we live in Florida, but the beach is nirvana. Give yourself time to sit, read, catch some rays, and maybe mix in a little swimming with a frozen, nonalcoholic cocktail. Traveling is a gift, and you will want to capture lasting memories with your partner.
Expecting couples may still be wondering, “Is it really worth the hype?” My answer is yes! If you are looking for an excuse to take your next vacation, here is your chance. Having a baby is a life-changing experience, and investing in your relationship beforehand is absolutely worth it.
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