A babymoon is a great way to pause and get some relaxation in before you experience all the changes that being a new mom entails. It’s a time to relax and unwind with your partner – to take a break from what’s happening in the pregnancy timeline, and what you should be doing at this stage in terms of preparation, and just carve out some time for the two of you to relax and celebrate.
A babymoon does not need to be a big trip, either – it can be as simple as a staycation in your city with an afternoon at the spa! Below are some tips for planning a trip and making this time extra special and comfortable for you and your partner.
Travel during the time when you are most comfortable – Many sources will typically recommend traveling in your second trimester up to the beginning of your third trimester, during weeks 14 – 28. This is because you will most likely feel better from any nausea or fatigue endured in the first trimester, and you can enjoy your trip before any uncomfortable symptoms associated with the third trimester have a chance to kick in. Planning the trip in this timeframe also will let you know what kind of weather you will be working with (warm or cool), to help you decide on a location.
Regarding location, travel to where you are most comfortable – An international or long domestic flight to an exotic destination may sound nice in theory for a babymoon, but not be the most comfortable to actually participate in. You may not want to be sitting on a plane for very long, or you may prefer a scenic car ride for this type of trip. Decide how you want to travel (and for how long) and look at destinations that are close in that radius. This approach may provide you with more options than you initially had in mind, and lead you on a new adventure with your partner to discover a place you’ve never visited.
Plan activities you are going to enjoy – Be confident in choosing things to do that you will really enjoy. With alcohol, certain foods and strenuous activities off the table, this trip may look a little different than past vacations with your significant other. Being mindful of that will help you pick activities and restaurants that you will really enjoy though, like a scenic hike, relaxing massage or some great farm to table restaurants you have not tried before.
Leave with a keepsake for your little– This does not have to be big, but it may make the trip more special if you end up leaving with a keepsake to remember the journey with. Check out an art class or pottery class for you and your partner, where you can create something for the nursery. Or check out a special shop local to your destination, where you can pick up a unique souvenir, toy or classic book. If your trip involves a long car ride, you can create a playlist that you all can listen to over and over again you’re your baby is born to relive some good memories.
Whether you are staying near of traveling far, the babymoon is such a special time to pause in your planning and take time for yourself and your partner. Where are you going for your babymoon, or where have you gone? Let us know what you enjoyed the most!