3 Tips for the Best Babymoon
Last week, we went on our last cruise for at least a year. Since my husband and I are such avid cruisers, I called this our babymoon cruise.
So, first things first. What is a babymoon?
This (relatively new) term may be self-explanatory, but for those in the room who are still confused, a babymoon is a vacation for mom and dad-to be before the little one arrives. It’s meant to be a “last hurrah” before the reality of parenthood kicks in.
Here are a few tips if you’re thinking about your babymoon or in the process of planning one.
1. Go sooner, rather than later.
This is my first pregnancy, so I don’t know what the future holds as far as getting around and how I’m going to feel. However, I’m very thankful for having taken the trip between 17-18 weeks of pregnancy so that I could easily get around and still enjoy doing things (like snorkeling!)
Depending on your trip, this may be different for you. However, if there’s a lot of walking involved – like there was with our cruise – the second trimester is prime time for feeling your best and having some energy to do things.
2. Watch the restrictions.
The other consideration with babymooning during your second trimester (as opposed to third) is that you may be restricted on travel. For example, cruise lines will not allow you to cruise pregnant after 24 weeks and your OB won’t let you go on a plane after (typically) 36 weeks, if not sooner.
I, unfortunately, wasn’t able to do a lot of the more active excursions (like visiting the Mayan ruins). This was partially because of how much exertion and active time that was involved, but also because of the Zika threat in Mexico (no, thank you!). Always check with your OB or doctor to confirm whether travel is ok for you.
3. Be prepared.
While preterm labor or other complications are not what you want during a relaxing babymoon, life does happen. My OB gave me great advice for our babymoon (and any travel, for that matter): have your records on hand in case you need to see a doctor or go to the ER for any reason.
Luckily, I can log in easily through my OB’s online portal and access all of my documents at any time. Check for this ability or print off your information prior to your trip; that way, you won’t need to start from scratch with a doctor, should that be necessary!
What are your favorite babymoon tips? Share them in the comments below!