By Cat Zuniga
So let’s start at the beginning: What is a “babymoon”?
A babymoon is a pre-baby vacation taken by parents-to-be. These getaways give soon-to-be moms and dads the opportunity to relax and enjoy alone time as a couple before their bundle of joy arrives.
For most pregnant women, the second trimester, especially between 18-24 weeks, is the most pleasant and safest time to travel. However, you should always consult your doctor before planning any trips, particularly if you choose to travel in the first and third trimesters, as there may be more safety and comfort issues to consider.
Parents-to-be have nearly unlimited options when it comes to planning a babymoon getaway, from tropical islands to scenic mountains or to bustling cities. Some couples are comfortable traveling to exotic locations during pregnancy, while others prefer to stay closer to home.
So what kind of babymoon should you look into? Let’s look at 10 different awesome ideas to help get you thinking.
A Beach Lover’s Babymoon. Escape to the beach for the three R’s of pregnancy – rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Florida and the Caribbean are two of the most popular destinations (with Florida being more popular these days, with Zika threats scattered across the Caribbean), but any beach that suits your travel interests is a great choice for sporting that new maternity swimsuit.
An Overseas Babymoon. There is no reason not to enjoy a babymoon abroad, provided you’re at a stage of pregnancy that doesn’t bar you from international travel. Europe is extremely popular this summer, but the world is literally wide-open for you. And if you have any medical concerns whatsoever, many of these locations have some of the world’s best medical care.
A Stimulating City Babymoon. If you’re up for a lot of walking, then a city escape may be the way to go. Gourmet restaurants and an abundance of baby boutiques make an urban babymoon appealing for many pregnant women.
An All-Natural Babymoon. There’s something about pregnancy that triggers a deep connection with, and appreciation for, nature. So you might like to spend your babymoon soaking up the natural beauty of a destination like the Sequoias or the Great Smoky Mountains.
A Soothing Spa Babymoon. Your days of selfish pampering may be numbered. So find the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation experience at a destination spa. (Looking for a nice spa? Try these tips, from an earlier column.)
All the Excitement of Gaming. Looking for a babymoon filled with action and excitement? Consider a gaming haven like Las Vegas or Atlantic City.
A Calming Babymoon Cruise. If you’re looking to unplug from your everyday chores (note: no cleaning or cooking), then cruising is a good idea. Many ships offer romantic balcony accommodations that allow spectacular views of dramatic seaside and tropical scenery. Just consider the timing you are thinking of going, as most cruise ships will now allow you to sail if you are more than 24 weeks pregnant at the time of sail.
Adventure-Filled Babymoon. Not the type to just sit down or lay around? Pack your time away with things you’ve always wanted to see and go on tours, and possibly excursions. Simply double-check the pregnancy warnings or restrictions prior to attending. Not everything has to be intense. Head over to Hawaii and tour the Dole Farm or coffee plantations, for example.
Foodie-Goodie Babymoon. Enjoy eating while pregnant? Plan a getaway that is in a destination that has multiple restaurants you’ve wanted to try. Plan a restaurant hop or a gourmet-cooking experience for your stay. (Editor’s Note: Napa is always a good choice.) Now, that’s a vacation to remember!
Home Sweet Home Staycation. It’s budget-friendly, there’s no traveling involved, and you can take it at any time up to the last week of your pregnancy. Sometimes unplugging at home is the best way to “get away.”
If for any reason you are concerned about traveling while pregnant, please consult your doctor. Also, your travel professional can guide you to the most up-to-date information on diseases and viruses in various destinations around the world, including Zika.
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when planning a babymoon. So, as I always say, contact your travel specialist to help ease the planning process. They’re experts, so let them do the dirty work! Also remember that all of this planning will go for naught if you don’t protect your hard-earned money, as well as your medical state during this pregnancy, with travel protection. This is a no-brainer, and should be an automatic add-on.
Enjoy your babymoon!
Cat Zuniga is an award-winning travel specialist. She specializes in tropical vacations for families, groups, destination weddings, and honeymooners. Visit her today at http://www.TarverdiTravel.com.