A babymoon can be a vacation that you take during pregnancy. You can choose to go to babymoon locations anywhere you feel at home, including tropical beaches, historic European villages, local national parks, or a relative’s home. Traveling during the second trimester is a good choice for pregnant women. This is when energy returns and early pregnancy symptoms are less severe. Talk to your doctor before you travel and make sure to consider the weather, food, activities, and other aspects of your destination. It doesn’t need to be extravagant, ambitious, or complicated – it’s about making memories and having a last chance at life before having children and those additional responsibilities.
A babymoon is basically your last chance to do something you don’t typically get to before your baby arrives. It is both a tribute to your pre-baby life and a celebration of the onesie-filled journey ahead.
A babymoon is a time set aside for you and your spouse to enjoy since you won’t have much time alone once the baby arrives. A babymoon is for your family to remember how far you have come. This can be a time for your family to bond, relax and have an adventure.
Your imagination is the only limit to your ideas about where and what you should do. Make sure you get approval from your doctor before planning any trip. Also, check the Centers for Disease Control’s travel advice for pregnant women.
It can be thrilling to travel overseas. It’s tempting to visit exotic beaches, historic sites, or eat unfamiliar food. Be aware of your comfort on long, cramped flights and whether you have the energy and will to do all you want.
It is possible to make memorable stops at places closer to your home. You can rent a house in a nearby city and pretend you are a tourist.
Renting an RV is a great option if you enjoy a road trip. You have more space and can use the bathroom while on the road. An RV allows you to travel along Route-66 and explore the East Coast. You can also visit the Pacific Northwest and family members.
It is possible to want to relax once you reach your destination. All-inclusive resorts can provide this kind of pampering. You might feel strong enough to do some sightseeing, kayaking, hiking, and museum hopping.
Many pregnant women love the feeling of floating in the water. Glamping is a way to get outdoors without having to go far. It combines the best aspects of camping with the comforts of a hotel.
Consider a visit if you have lovely relatives who would love to pamper you. You can also opt for a staycation. You can sleep in, order food delivery, and binge-watch your favorite TV shows.
Babymoon’s do’s and don’ts
It can be difficult to have a babymoon that is safe and comfortable. These are the top tips and tricks from BabyCenter Community moms.
Do: Be prepared for the weather
Your body’s temperature can be affected by pregnancy. You may feel hot. You should consider whether you will be able to travel in a warm climate and how you will cool down.
“My husband and I went to New York in December. The cold didn’t slow me down because I was still in my first trimester.
“We went to my stepdad’s beach house and had to run the air conditioner the entire time. It was essential to keep cool during pregnancy.
Don’t: Overdo it
You are growing a person, so don’t feel pressured to maintain your pre-pregnancy pace.
“Be careful when you visit a city that is busy. It can be stressful to try and catch the subways. All the walking caused contractions. It was too much for me as a pregnant woman.”
Do: Think about what you will eat at your destination
A trip’s food can be as important or less so if you are pregnant. It is crucial to have healthy meals and snacks that appeal.
“I went to Las Vegas. Pregnant women dream of all-you-can-eat buffets.”
“Eating was difficult when I was in Brazil for my 24th week. I had to eat smaller meals during the day. This wasn’t always possible. Some of the food was not compatible with my system.”Do: Consider a day trip
Sometimes a short vacation is all you need. You can make it easier and more enjoyable, while packing less.
“My husband and I took two short trips to California. We live in the same area. It was wonderful for us to get away from work, doctor’s appointments, childbirth classes, preparing the nursery, and other responsibilities.”
Do not: A babymoon must be fancy
You can make your babymoon anything you like! You can use the opportunity to go on a road trip or staycation.
“I had to go on a business trip to a small, unappreciated city late in my pregnancy so I brought my husband. It didn’t matter where it was, it was important that we spend time together.”
Do not: Forget about an invitation to spend time with friends
You don’t need to be the only one in a babymoon. Sometimes, you just want to be loved by your family and friends.
“I went to see my mother and let her spoil me!”
“We visited our friends in the mountains who lived in a small village. They treated me as if I was a family member and pampered me throughout the trip – it was almost like having a mother who didn’t lecture me about anything!”
Do: Be bold if you’re up to it
A babymoon is a great way to go on a once in a lifetime trip if you feel good.
“We went to Cinque Terre, Italy and walked slowly from one town to the next. It was wonderful to go on a trip I would take even if it wasn’t my first child.”
“We hiked on the Na Pali Coast trail, Hawaii. It was a three-night backcountry camping trip through jungle, arid red rock sides, mountain goat territory, white-sand beaches, and the cliff sides. It was amazing to go adventuring as a couple and experience the ‘last flight’ feeling of the trip. It felt like we were giving the baby an adventurous life.”
The best time to go on a babymoon
The best time to go on vacation is the second trimester. Your body should feel refreshed and have recovered from fatigue or morning sickness. You can still enjoy a wonderful trip even if you wait until the third trimester. However, you may need to reduce your activities and take it easy. You also have the possibility that your baby might arrive early. This makes the third trimester less safe. Many airlines and cruise ships limit travel to 36 weeks, while others have a shorter cutoff.
It doesn’t matter when you go, make sure to double-check all prenatal appointments and upcoming prenatal tests. You may not be allowed to take the test again if you miss your window.
What to bring for a babymoon
Comfort is key when packing for a babymoon. Comfort items such as practical footwear, a support belt or socks are important, especially if you will be doing a lot of walking or standing. If you depend on your pregnancy pillows for good sleep, don’t undervalue the importance of one.
It’s a good idea for anyone attending your babymoon to bring along a copy of their prenatal medical records as well as emergency contact information. You should also bring your prenatal vitamins, and any medication you may be taking.
Safety tips for babymoons
It is generally safe to travel while pregnant. You should get clearance from your healthcare provider before you travel, especially if you are pregnant with high-risk babies or if you plan to visit international destinations where vaccines may be required.
It is important to take extra precautions when traveling with a pregnant woman in order to protect your safety as well as your baby’s safety.
- Pay attention to your body
- Keep hydrated
- Dizziness is a sign to be on the lookout for
- To avoid fatigue, take breaks frequently
- Keep a variety of healthy snacks on hand
- Do not sit for too long. Get up often to stretch and increase blood circulation.
In case of an emergency, you might also want to look into the nearest hospital or urgent care center near your destination.
Can I take a babymoon during COVID-19?
There are risks to traveling during a pandemic. Your caregiver might recommend a day trip or staycation rather than going far away. While mask-wearing is safe for air travel, it is not recommended.
Pregnancy is associated with a higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 than non-pregnant women. Pregnant women with COVID-19 may be more at risk of other negative outcomes such as preterm birth. It’s important to take precautions to protect yourself.