8 Tips for Planning Your Babymoon

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8 Tips for Planning Your Babymoon

Now that you’re expecting, you’re probably realizing that these next few months are your last chance to get some real alone time with your partner. Of course you can enjoy this time at home with your honey, but if you’re like me who would want to get out of town instead, then this post is for you. Here are a few tips to keep you safe and happy on your last child-free getaway (a.k.a. “babymoon”):

Tip #1: Agree on Location

You want to make sure that you pick a place that appeals to you both so you can relax and enjoy your time together. City, beach, mountains, whatever. You want to be on the same page. I will say, try to avoid any place too exotic. Having to deal with vaccines or potential stomach bugs is not something that anyone should worry during their pregnancy and it is not recommended by doctors unless it’s completely unavoidable.

Tip #2: Timing Is Everything

When planning your trip, think about how your body has changed, and will continue to change, now that you’re expecting. The second trimester should be the most comfortable time to travel. By then, the nausea of the first trimester is hopefully gone and you aren’t quite as uncomfortable as you will be in your third trimester. Just know that you’ll probably tire more easily then on your trip compared to now so prepare for stops and starts and make them part of your plan. (According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the safest time to travel is from 18 to 24 weeks.)

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Don’t wait too long. If you do your babymoon in your third trimester, double check with your doctor what he or she recommends. You’re definitely going to want to schedule it before 35 weeks since most airlines won’t let you travel after that point. (Some cruises won’t let you even get on the ship after 25 or 27 weeks.) If your babymoon needs to be later in your pregnancy then I recommend going somewhere that is a little closer to home. If you do decide to go elsewhere, be sure to check with the cruise or airline to see what their guidelines are for due dates.

Tip #3: Keep Your OB/Midwife in the Loop

Traveling presents a whole new set of hurdles when you become pregnant. The most important thing is safety, so make sure you speak with your doctor/midwife before booking your trip. (Especially if you are carrying multiples or are considered “high risk.” Don’t be too disappointed if your doctor/midwife wants to keep you close to home.) If you plan to travel overseas, check in with your healthcare professional about any necessary vaccines. Once you settle on where you’re jet-setting, ask him or her if there’s anything you should watch out for.

Tip #4: Look Up the Medical Facilities

When researching locations, find out if they have access to quality medical facilities near the area (just in case). Write down the contact info for nearby hospitals to keep on hand as you travel, along with a number for contacting your OB.

Tip #5: Think About the Food

Not a problem, right?! haha! You probably already think about it quite a lot during pregnancy, but make sure you plan well ahead when it comes to eating on holiday. Remember that there are certain foods that are no-nos now, so it’s a good idea to find out what these are in the local language and area before you go and steer clear of them. For example, say you’re going to Maui or St. John where all the food is fish, fish, fish. Know which types of fish to steer clear of (obviously, fish with mercury).

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Tip #6: Don’t Feel Like You Have to Do It All

If sleeping in and taking it easy sounds more appealing to you, do it! I actually recommend it. Pregnancy makes you tired so rest as much as you can. You aren’t going to have the opportunity to sleep in for a very long time after you have this baby so enjoy it while you can. That means you need to pick a chill place for your destination. This might sound obvious, but if you pick a place where there’s always a temptation to go sight-seeing or do something fun (like New York City or Las Vegas), then you’ll just end up feeling even more exhausted than before you left for your babymoon. So pick a quiet B&B or beachy locale. These are good picks because they’re all about relaxing.

Tip #7: Off-Limit Activities

There are certain activities you can’t do while you are pregnant. Yes, they may look really fun to do during your babymoon, but it is not recommended. Here are some activities that are off-limits:

  • Horseback riding
  • Carnival rides
  • Outdoor biking
  • Contact sports
  • Skiing/snowboarding
  • Water skiing
  • Saunas
  • Hot tubs
  • Scuba diving
  • High altitude exercise

I know that it can be a bummer but remember, that gives you a reason to go back and do those things.

Tip #8: Plan for Romance

A babymoon should be about you and your honey. After all, the whole point of a babymoon is to have some quality alone time together before life becomes about baby. Go dancing together, check out a 5-star restaurant, take a walk on the beach or a stroll throughout town, or get a couples massage. You can find plenty of ways to up the romance factor while on this special getaway. Remember that it’s about the two of you celebrating this last time together as a family of two. So make it memorable. 🙂

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About the Author /

Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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No, the blood won't drain out of baby and go backwards into the placenta.⁠
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4️⃣ Invite someone to come over.⁠
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