What is a babymoon?
The general idea of a babymoon, or ‘baby moon’ as it’s often called, is for the couple to have one last trip alone before the arrival of the new baby. It’s also a time to relax and pamper yourself, as well as a celebration of your new life together as a family. Although, obviously, not necessary, they are becoming more and more popular stateside, as well as in the UK.
But, if you’re new to babymooning, the whole thought of travelling when pregnant can be daunting. We’ve got a list of things that you should consider before booking your romantic trip.
Where do we go?
The destination of your babymoon all depends on what you want from the holiday. Some couples are more than happy to travel to exotic places for a slice of pre-baby paradise, but others may prefer to stay closer to home.
Consider how long you need to travel. Long journeys can be tiring at the best of times, without adding pregnancy into the mix. So try to minimise the time that you spend travelling. Remember, this trip is all about relaxing and spending quality time together.
Also take into account access to quality medical facilities, should any problems arise with your pregnancy. Speak to your doctor in advance, and they should be able to advise you on precautions that you may need to take.
One of the best ways to relax and keep mobile whilst pregnant is to swim. Being in water takes the weight of your feet and can help ease aches and pains. If this sounds appealing to you, search for babymoon packages that include access to a pool.
Hollie Gregersen, who blogs over at www.thriftymum.com chose to go by ferry to Bruges when she was 32 weeks pregnant. “It’s nice and flat with plenty of cafes for toilet breaks and refreshments. I’d advise couples to stay somewhere nicely populated, and not too rural in case you need assistance whilst away.”
Meanwhile, Sophie Hale, aka Mama Mei, is currently travelling in South East Asia with her husband and two children. So, it really all depends on how comfortable you feel and your specific needs.
When do we go?
Most pregnant women find that their second trimester is the most pleasant time to travel. The first 3 months usually consist of nausea and the last trimester can get quite uncomfortable. Again, it all depends on your own body, but many professionals recommend that the safest time to travel when you are pregnant is between 18-24 weeks. Again, be sure to discuss with your doctor to find out what’s best for you.
Other important things to consider and take with you
If you plan on flying to your babymoon destination, check with your airline to see if they have any restrictions on pregnant passengers. Many require a letter from your doctor declaring that it is safe for you to travel, particularly if you’re in the last trimester. In fact, it’s best to take a letter with you anyway, just in case any problems arise at the airport.
In the meantime, keep all of your medical information, contact numbers and insurance documents in one safe place in your luggage.
Hollie kept her notes on her at all times: “Ensure your travel insurer knows your situation (even if you are just staying in the UK) and stick with whoever you are travelling with, just in case your phone coverage fails and you have an emergency.”