It’s all about the ‘babymoon!’
Here's how to plan for a stress-free, relaxing babymoon
You’d love one last romantic break with your hubby before the little one arrives. This quick get-a-way is becoming widely known as the ‘babymoon.’ Travel agencies have coined the phrase to inspire expecting mummies to live it up one last time before becoming a mother, full-time.
Made popular by celebrities proudly sporting their very preggie-bellies on exotic beaches, a babymoon is so much more than a lavish marketing ploy. It will be the one final trip you take with your partner; to spend precious time reconnecting before your little one makes an appearance.
The months leading up to your pregnancy can be stressful, and many expecting mums are preoccupied with turning their home into a family sanctuary while still juggling the demands of daily life. A babymoon will afford you and your partner a welcome break from the stresses of everyday life.
Remember to plan it well. You won’t be interested in recapturing the spark in your relationship if you’re cooped up in a hotel room, too exhausted to move, and too sick to do anything about it. Timing and location is everything.
The first trimester is out, thanks to morning sickness and fatigue. And you’ll hardly want to prance around in a bikini – the healthy pregnancy glow is still a few weeks off, so for now you’ll just feel bloated. Travelling during your third trimester can also be tricky, as no mum wants to go into premature labour mid-holiday.
The best time to take a break will be during the second trimester so plan ahead. During this time, the pregnancy hormones will work in your (and your partner’s) favour, leaving you looking and feeling fabulous.
The location is up to you but there are a few things to keep in mind. Stick to a couple of hours travelling time to reach your destination. You’ll feel much more comfortable with a short trip. Far away or remote areas maybe too unsafe or unsanitary for you and your precious bump. Your babymoon destination should also feature temperate weather conditions and decent facilities, should any complications arise.
Take the stress out of travel arrangements
The point of your trip is to relax and unwind, not to add more troubles to your already frazzled nerves. If you are flying, best book a direct flight to avoid tedious hours in the airport lounge. Book an aisle seat in advance, as it will greatly ease your frequent trips to the restroom. Most reputable travel agents now offer a babymoon service, where all your arrangements, from accommodation to tailor made excursions are taken care off.
Before you pack your bags to some exotic location, spend some time to research the local restaurants in the area. You might feel fabulous in your second trimester, but there are still foods that will make you cringe and should be avoided. You’ll want a selection of baby-friendly foods and enough options to satisfy your pregnancy cravings.
Most importantly, don’t let your babymoon put pressure on you and your partner. Remember your honeymoon? It’s all about taking time out and relaxing together rather than cramming as much adventure in as possible.
It doesn’t matter if you are indulging in a two week getaway or a short weekend break. It’ll be just what the doctor ordered. Spending some quality time with your loved one before you are both shocked into parenthood by sleepless nights and dirty nappies! Your most memorable moments will come in the quiet times you spend with your partner, be it cuddled up on the sofa watching a movie, or strolling the beaches of some tropical paradise.