There is so much to think about during your pregnancy and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. When the baby arrives, how will you find time to be with your partner? Many couples are taking “Babymoons” while they are pregnant as a way to relax, recharge, and reconnect before the baby arrives. Here’s a list of 5 things to keep in mind when planning your Babymoon:
1. Timing is Everything
You should discuss your Babymoon plans with your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you to travel. Typically, it is recommended that a pregnant woman travel during their second trimester, after 14 weeks and prior to 28 weeks, to avoid unnecessary complications. After 28 weeks, most airlines require a letter from your doctor. If you stay within the timelines given by your doctor, you’ll be able to relax knowing you aren't putting yourself or your baby at risk.
2. Keep it Simple
While jetting off to the Caribbean or Europe sound glamorous and relaxing, most of us don’t have the budget or the time to plan such a lavish trip. Not to worry, your Babymoon can still be everything you want it to be without going far, there is no point in stressing over the vacation that is supposed to help you de-stress! Find a local bed and breakfast or take a weekend trip somewhere you’ve never been.
3. Fly Smart
If a flight is in your Babymoon plans, you should plan ahead to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Choose an aisle seat so you can easily get up to use the restroom. It’s also important to stretch your legs, since sitting for a long period of time can put you at a higher risk for blood clots. Also, stay hydrated. Dehydration on airplanes is awful when you’re pregnant so drink plenty of caffeine-free, non-alcoholic liquids, at least one liter for every two hours in flight. And lastly, make sure to pack healthy snacks for the flight and the vacation. We all know it’s a little dangerous (for your travel companion) for an expectant mama to go too long without a snack!
4. Be Prepared
Notify your doctor before booking your trip, especially if you’re going somewhere adventurous since you can’t take malaria medication or have all vaccinations. Also, bring copies of your medical records in your bag, get a list of hospitals from the embassy tourist board, and keep a list of emergency contacts on hand. Taking these extra precautions will allow you to rest easy on your trip.
5. Consider a Stay-cation
Sometimes planning a trip is more stress than it’s worth. Consider setting up a romantic stay-cation. You can enjoy a home massage, new restaurants, cooking classes and other activities you normally wouldn't try out at home. To ensure that you actually relax during your stay-cation, make sure both you and your partner take time off work. Unplug and allow yourself not to check your inbox, this is your time to decompress—You deserve it!