By Sandy Pedrogao
It’s a pretty common practice for newly married couples to splurge on a honeymoon. What better way to celebrate your nuptials than to go somewhere fabulous, where you can leave the stress of planning your wedding behind you and just bask in your love? Let me present to you the “babymoon.”
What is a babymoon, you ask? Well, it’s just like a honeymoon — without the alcohol — but instead of celebrating your marriage, you’re celebrating your pregnancy.
It’s a time in your pregnancy when you should take a holiday to enjoy yourself with your partner before your baby is born. It’s a great way to relax before your life is turned upside down (in a good way!) by the arrival of your baby.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Here are some things to consider when planning your
•Plan your babymoon during your second trimester. It’s usually the best time during your pregnancy because your first trimester symptoms will likely be gone and your third trimester discomfort has not yet begun.
•If you are planning to fly during your third trimester, be sure to check out the airline’s travel policies.*
•Book your seat on the plane in advance. Window or aisle? Choose whatever is most comfortable for you.
•Make sure you are covered in terms of insurance, in case you need to seek medical attention on your trip. Check your current insurance policy to see if you need to buy additional travel insurance. Remember to ask if you are still covered during your pregnancy.
•Take your medical records with you just in case.
•Pack your prenatal vitamins with you and any other medications you might need.
•If you’re going to an all-inclusive resort, make sure it’s a reputable place and that they take care and follow safety regulations when preparing food and drinks.
•Is the place you are visiting adult-only or is it family friendly? Both are OK, but each will offer a completely different vacation.
•During your trip, be sure to stay hydrated and eat healthy, balanced meals.
•Always dress comfortably and wear practical footwear.
•Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and a hat! The sun is relaxing but can be dangerous.
•Sleep! It’s nice to be able to have a nap whenever you feel like it so enjoy it while you can!
A babymoon is an ideal time to relax. Go away to pamper yourself, enjoy a prenatal massage, a couples massage or just some time alone. Don’t worry about cooking, cleaning, or laundry; it’s a perfect time to just enjoy life and to focus on the lovely being you are growing inside of you. What are you waiting for?
*Before you travel, make sure to discuss your travel plans with your doctor and/or midwife. You may want to stay close to home if you have a high risk pregnancy, are carrying twins, or at risk of preterm labour. Some airlines may even require a letter from your doctor giving you permission to travel.
Sandy Pedrogao is the editor and co-founder of Oh Baby! Magazine and www.ohbabymagazine.com. She is also the co-producer of The Baby Show, Ottawa’s largest early parenting show. When she’s not running her business and parenting her two children as best she can, she can usually be found enjoying real life or online conversation.
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