If you’re expecting, you’re probably trying to spend as much time with your partner as possible before your twosome becomes a threesome (or more).
Many couples choose to take a babymoon, or a short vacation, during the first or second trimester of pregnancy. Away from home, you can connect, relax, and catch up on sleep before your newborn comes along.
Here are 11 tips for how to stay safe and enjoy a relaxing babymoon.
1. Pack up at the Right Time
If you’re trying to decide when to go on a babymoon, the second trimester of pregnancy is usually the sweet spot. For most women, fatigue and morning sickness from the first trimester have passed, but it’s not too close to delivery. During the third trimester, you might also feel fatigued or uncomfortable. Most commercial airlines won’t let you fly after week 36.
Always check with your doctor before you make any vacation plans. Certain pregnancy complications make flying off-limits during pregnancy.
2. Get Your Doctor’s Approval
Wherever you’re traveling, you’ll want to bring along a signed note from your doctor that lists your due date and any prescription medications you take. You can also ask for an up-to-date copy of your prenatal records. If you require care while you’re away, you’ll have everything you need.
Let your doctor know where you’re heading. They might know about health warnings or other things to watch out for when you arrive. They’ll also be able to advise you about finding reliable care if there’s an emergency.
If you’re going overseas, talk to your doctor about which immunizations are safe while pregnant. If they aren’t already listed on your prenatal records, carry a record of your vaccinations, too.
3. Pick the Right Destination
In theory, it might sound fun to pick an exotic destination you’ve always wanted to visit for your babymoon. But heading too far from home can have drawbacks. A long flight might be tough if you’re experiencing nausea and swelling. It also might be difficult to get comfortable and sleep on an overnight flight.
If you plan to go far, be sure to check with your doctor to make a plan for staying safe and healthy en route. The American Pregnancy Association recommends limiting car, train, or air travel to five to six hours, if possible. You may also want to identify a local doctor before you leave. Ask your doctor at home if they have any recommendations, and keep a phone number on hand for a doctor in your destination in case you need any urgent care.
4. Stay Comfortable During Travel
You’ll want to bring plenty of water for the flight or drive. Staying hydrated is important during pregnancy. You also might want to wear compression stockings to reduce your risk for deep vein thrombosis.
On the flight, try to sit in an aisle seat so you’ll be able to get up, use the restroom, and stretch your legs easily. Get up and walk the aisles several times during long trips.
If you’re driving, buckle up. Use both the lap and shoulder belts. You also should keep the air bags activated. The safety benefits outweigh the risks. Stop frequently at rest stops to stretch your legs and walk around.
5. Pack the Right Gear
Wherever you’re going, you’ll want to pack the essentials, including:
- water bottle
- compression stockings for the flight or drive
- comfortable shoes
- flip-flops for swollen feet
- prenatal vitamins
- any prescription medications you need
You’ll also want to bring loose clothing to wear while traveling. Depending on where you’re going, you might want to bring a maternity swimsuit as well.
6. Plan Pregnancy-Safe Activities
Scuba diving and bar hopping might be off the table, but there are plenty of fun activities that are pregnancy-safe. Get some exercise by taking an easy hike or prenatal yoga class. Take a drive and enjoy a scenic view.
Depending on the time of year and your destination, you might want to spend some time in the pool. The water can help ease any pregnancy aches and pains. It also helps reduce swelling.
If you’d rather stay off your feet, read a good book, relax, and enjoy some quiet time.
7. Stay Safe and Healthy
The same pregnancy guidelines for staying safe and healthy at home apply while you are away. Don’t drink alcohol. Avoid mercury-heavy fish and seafood like tuna. If you’re traveling to an area with unsafe drinking water, stick to bottled water. Make sure your food is cooked thoroughly.
You might be pregnant, but you can still find ways to have fun and pamper yourself on vacation. Indulge in pregnancy-safe mocktails during dinner, or book a prenatal massage at the spa. Enjoy a special sweet treat each day.
Indulge in whatever makes you feel great.
9. Should You Bring Your Other Kids?
There’s no rule about a babymoon being exclusively for couples. You can book a vacation that your whole family will enjoy. Look for a resort that offers child care or a babysitting service so you can get a break and enjoy some alone time with your partner.
10. Consider a Babymoon Package
Many hotels and resorts offer babymoon packages for couples. You might save money by booking a package that includes some or all of your meals. The resort might offer extras like breakfast in bed, a prenatal massage, and sparkling cider for babymooners.
11. Continue the Fun When You Get Home
You and your partner can keep the vacation magic going after you get home. Plan fun activities like picnics, easy hikes, and meals out with friends. Go out and see movies, shows, and try new restaurants. Take advantage of your free time together before you need to hire a babysitter.
Taking a babymoon is a great way to enjoy some time with your partner before you have a newborn to take care of. Talk to your doctor about ways to stay safe and healthy while traveling. In case of emergency, always have a plan in place. Other than that, relax and enjoy your time away.