Your life is about to be turned upside down, whether you expect your first baby (or you are in your second or third) in a positive way! You and your partner are planning for late-night feedings, tag-team diaper tasks, and even daycare drop-offs.
So a pre-baby holiday (aka babymoon) might be just what the doctor ordered between the excitement and nervousness of a new arrival and mentally planning for the turmoil soon to occur.
Have you never heard of a babymoon? Here’s what you need to know before the birth of a new child about loving a little bit of calmness.
What is a babymoon?
A babymoon is close to a honeymoon since they are both celebration holidays. But before the birth of a new baby, you enjoy the quality time together instead of spending time with your partner after getting married.
This pattern has risen in popularity. And let’s be honest, there are very few chances to enjoy a getaway after a baby arrives.
A roller coaster is the months after the birth of a new infant. Before giving birth, the point of a babymoon is to experience one last hurrah or adventure.
Before the birth of their first child, several couples schedule a babymoon to have one last holiday as a couple. But of course, there is no law that states that with your first baby, you should only” take a babymoon, or only if you are part of a couple. If you like, you can do it with each pregnancy, or totally on your own.
You can schedule a week’s holiday or make a weekend getaway shorter. Or you are planning a stay at home if you don’t feel like travelling far. With your partner, the idea is to enjoy a romantic, enjoyable time or a pleasant, satisfying moment alone no matter where you are.
When should you take a babymoon?
In terms of when to take a babymoon, there are no hard and fast rules. Truthfully, also in your third trimester, you can schedule your trip or time whenever you want. You will want to enjoy your babymoon, though so timing is everything in certain respects.
Try to schedule a babymoon for the most unforgettable experience when you feel good, which for many women is during their second trimester. In the first trimester, morning sickness can be a beast, and the last thing you want is to spend a holiday sick.
Planning a babymoon before the third trimester, when you’re likely to feel more exhausted and uncomfortable, is also a smart idea. Plus, there is always the possibility of early delivery or minimal travel, which can throw a wrench into any holiday plans for the third trimester.
Where should you go?
The nice thing about a babymoon is that it can be quick or elaborate for the ride. Perhaps you and your wife have always spoken about going to Europe. Maybe you feel like it’s now or never.
It’s perfectly okay for most expectant parents to visit another country when pregnant, just be ready and make sure you first consult your doctor and get advice on how to stay healthy.
Your doctor might suggest staying closer to home, depending on your health and whether you have a high-risk pregnancy.
If you’re thinking about an international trip, consult your doctor before making your reservations about how to plan for long flights and whether travelling to certain parts of the globe is safe.
Any country with an outbreak of the Zika virus will want to avoid you. This is a mosquito-borne infection, and your baby could be born with developmental delays and defects in the head structure if contracted during pregnancy.
In several nations throughout the world, including the United States, the Zika virus has been identified. Check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before making travel arrangements to make sure there is not a current Zika outbreak in the country you are interested in visiting.
Also, avoid travelling to places where the risk of malaria is high. Miscarriage, premature birth, and even stillbirth may result from having malaria while pregnant. Malaria is a life-threatening disease that is transmitted by a mosquito that is pregnant.
In several parts of the world, malaria mosquitoes can be found, including in Brazil, Cameroon, Haiti, Honduras, and other countries.
Look into a staycation instead if you’re worried about being sick or other problems when abroad. Book a hotel room close to your home and be your own city visitor. Do you live in a town near the beach? If so, see if you can get an ocean-view bed. Or at a nearby bed and breakfast or spa, reserve a spot.
It could be cheaper to get a hotel close to home than to fly to another country. Staying close to home means that airfare, car rental, and other expenses don’t have to worry about you.
Cheaper even? To remain at home. The key is to make it fun and unforgettable, so take measures to make your own room vacation-worthy instead of taking on your usual chores at home. Toss your pillow with cookies, lounge around in your robe and let your calls go to your voicemail.
Staycations are a huge money saver that allows you to prepare financially for your new arrival, but with your partner, you still enjoy quality time.
Why take a babymoon?
Not to put a negative light on raising a newborn, but it might be a while before you can spend quality alone time with your partner again until your bundle of joy arrives.
And let’s be honest, a new baby’s expense will eat into your discretionary income, making it more difficult to schedule getaways, hence a babymoon’s value.
This is a perfect time to not only reconnect but also clear your mind and relax with your partner. Use this time without work or other distractions to concentrate on one another.
If you’re approaching parenthood on your own, when your child arrives, there will be serious demands on you. This is a perfect opportunity to celebrate new experiences on the way, a vital skill for new mothers when taking care of yourself and your own needs.
What to do on your babymoon?
There is no right or wrong way for a babymoon to be enjoyed. To reiterate, some couples keep it easy and play in their own city for visitors.
There are in all probability, many attractions you will visit within an hour’s drive from your house.
- Check out and enjoy an easy nature trail in a state park.
- Visit a gallery or museum.
- Pay a lakeside cottage.
- Get a massage from a couple.
- Make reservations at a restaurant or explore the appeal of a nearby city that you’ve heard good things about.
However, whatever you do, make sure there’s a chance to relax. If you’re planning a stay in your own room because you’re more relaxed, find ways to spend a romantic, relaxing time at home.
- Armed with a remote control or a good book, lie around.
- Look at Binge’s new season.
- With your partner, go over the baby names.
- Baby Gear Shop.
- Has your nursery painted?
- If you are getting closer to your due date, cook and meal plan.
- Get a jump-start on your home’s babyproofing.
- The path to babymoon is not wrong. For you, it’s about finding the right choice.
Once you’re committed to a babymoon, here are a few tips for making it an enjoyable experience to travel while pregnant:
- Consider destinations with short flight times and Book a nonstop flight if you’re travelling by air. Especially in later months, pregnancy can be uncomfortable and exhausting, so the less time you spend in the air, the better.
- To see what kind of out-of-state coverage you have, check your health insurance if you’re travelling domestically. Finding out where the closest emergency service or hospital is at your destination and whether there are any in-network facilities does not hurt, just in case you experience any emergencies.
- Your health policy may not include coverage in the United States if you’re travelling abroad. In the event that you have to see a doctor while in a foreign country, consider buying travel insurance.
- Just take it easy. Spread out big tasks over many days, and to prevent fatigue, arrange regular breaks.
- Be realistic about your budget. Understandably, you want to have a special and unforgettable time, but this probably isn’t the best time to rack up debt. Plan a babymoon that you can afford.
A babymoon is an ideal time before a new baby arrives to expect parents to reconnect and relax. So, if you can get away for a few days or longer, review your budget to see what kind of pre-baby holidays are going on before your due date.