Babymoon \ˈbā-bē-ˌmün\ Noun
A trip or vacation taken by expectant parents before the birth or adoption of a child
From New Year’s in Morocco to street shopping in Barcelona, it seems like pregnant celebs are flooding our news feeds. And we don’t blame them! Meant to strengthen a couple’s bond and help them relax before the big day, babymoon trips are a great way to celebrate a new addition to the family. Check out some babymoon ideas that can make yours memorable.
One of the most popular babymoons couples take, the beach is a great place to relax and soak in some vitamin D.
Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands has both beautiful beaches and exceptional services for expecting couples. In addition to prenatal massages, they also arrange private beach dinners; perfect for getting some time to yourselves.
If you’re looking for something livelier than beachside R&R, try hiking or low impact water sports. Just be sure to check terrain and restroom availability when choosing your route.
Don’t know where to start? The Topnotch Resort & Spa in Vermont can set you up with a private guide to tailor a Green Mountain trail for your baby bump needs. If that’s not exciting enough, get your and your partner’s blood pumping while swimming with stingrays in the Grand Cayman!
No matter how weird your cravings are, you’re eating for two – the perfect excuse to treat yourself to all things delicious! We suggest a food tour full of different cuisines. Take a spin making pasta in Italy, indulge in a dim sum dash around Hong Kong, or tour chocolate factories throughout Switzerland. The only mistake you can make is leaving hungry.
Experience the hustle and bustle of a new city before you welcome a new addition to your family. Wandering through plazas, people-watching, and late nights get a bit more challenging when you have a baby on your hip. Places like Seville and Prague provide a healthy dose of romance without emptying your diaper funds.
Bed & Breakfast
Newborns rarely equate to peace and quiet. Check yourselves into a cozy hotel or bed and breakfast surrounded by nature to get some pre-baby solace. Whether you’re strolling through the garden in summer or snuggling at the fireplace in winter, you’ll get a chance to talk out new family plans.
Calm your pre-baby nerves and pamper yourselves on a wellness retreat. The Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix has the ultimate babymoon package which includes a pre-natal massage, “whatever you’re craving” room service menu, and baby bump photoshoot.
Feel like staying closer to home? A staycation is a smart way to save money and explore local sites haven’t found the time to visit. Some parents-to-be also use this time for “nesting,” or preparing the house for a new baby.
To ensure you enjoy the time off, hire a cleaning service, order some takeout, and get a stack of new reads. Tell your friends you’re unavailable and turn off your phones to get into true vacation mode.
When you’re pregnant, you need to be extra careful. Research travel warnings or restrictions at your destination. For instance, the Zika virus, which puts pregnant women at high risk of complications or infections, is currently affecting parts of the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Central and South America.
Aim for the Second Trimester
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), flying during pregnancy is generally safe up until the 36-week mark as long as the proper precautions are taken and there isn’t any reason to expect obstetric or medical complications.
The second trimester is ideal for most parents-to-be, when most morning sickness is over but before your body really takes shape. If you plan on traveling during your third trimester, map out the nearest hospitals just in case of unexpected surprises.
Keep Your Doctors in the Loop
Consult the experts before you book any trip. Your doctors know what’s best, and it’s important for them to align before you head off. Explain what type of babymoon you want and ask any questions that come up in your planning.