Planning a Babymoon

The moment I heard about Babymoons, I knew DH and I would be going on one.  First, because we like to travel but also because unless we book a weekend away, our weekends are quickly booked up with social obligations, work, housework and hobbies with very little time for each other.

I figured the Babymoon would be the last time we would take a trip together where we didn't have a Little One on our mind demanding our attention.  It would be the last low maintenance vacation for at least 2 decades.  And our last chance to reconnect before the flurry of baby preparing activities got underway. 

But when and where?  Well, it turned out that our weekends were booked well into the end of my second trimester beginning of my third. Not at all ideal. It would have to be in June at the latest and close enough so that I wouldn't have to hop on a plane in my third trimester.  I also wanted to be close enough to my OB so if something came up, I would be in reasonable driving distance.

Aside from that, I told DH all I cared about was being able to hang out in a pool, preferably one with a lazy river.  The rest was up to him.

But for those of you booking your own babymoons, here are a few tips:

1. Pick somewhere with a lot of the activities you like to do sober. The Babymoon is likely one of the few times that alcohol isn't part of the vacation festivities.  For some, a trip to Napa might be their favorite getaway but not for someone whose pregnant and can't do any wine tasting.

Likewise, don't pick a place that is known for raucous drinking as the main attraction since there's nothing more annoying than drunk people when you can't have any of that delicious margarita. 

Personally, I like shopping, hanging out on the beach, going to the Spa, swimming and eating good food.

2. Pick somewhere with activities that you're actually allowed to do.  For instance, some people really enjoy snowboarding or surfing.  These activities are generally not accepted for pregnancy because of the potential for injury.

Focus on going somewhere full of pregnancy friendly options.  Full Service Resorts are nice, especially if there are excursions or lots of entertainment available. Camping by a lake or river where you can swim, boat or fish is also a great option.

3. Book for when you're still in the perfect window of time for the activity.  The first trimester is hard to vacation during because of nausea, morning sickness and food aversions.  By your second trimester, you'll need to be able to get up out of your seat (whether it is a car, plane or train) every 1-2 hours making long distance car travel inconvenient.  Cruises won't take pregnant women past 24 weeks.  By the third trimester, any highly active excursions, like hiking or swimming might be difficult given smaller lung capacity. And though you probably aren't thinking about it, you shouldn't get on a plane after 36 weeks anyway. 

We did end up going at the beginning of my third trimester to a resort less than an hour away from home where the main attractions were hanging out by the beach, pool and spa. 

4. Avoid places with questionable food cleanliness standards.  I know a few couples who went on exotic vacations during their second trimester. They all got sick. Normally, eating is a major way to experience a culture.  Step away from the resort buffet and head out to where the locals dine I say!  Do not do this while pregnant. Not only is being sick while pregnant already miserable, the dehydration caused by food poisoning can cause prenatal problems further complicated by the fact that you might be in a location with sub-par medical care. 

5. Go somewhere you have access to 24 hour food and drinks. I love cruising because there's basically food and drinks available all the time.  Many resorts are this way also.  If you're staying somewhere things shut down early (read: sleepy little B&B towns), make sure you pack your own drinks and snacks and have access to refrigeration.   (I have been to hotels that don't have mini-fridges.  That is really inconvenient.)

We packed an entire overnight bag full of drinks (water and low sugar juices), fruit (fresh and dried), snacks (cheese, crackers, etc.) to fill our mini-fridge so I wouldn't have to constantly call Room Service, hit the convenience store or vending machine. This was great for lazy mornings when DH wanted to sleep in and I woke up early ravenously hungry.

And have a good time!

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