Your guide to the babymoon

Everything you need to know about the pre-baby break

Have you heard of the new parenting trend – the babymoon? Whether you think it’s a fad or whether you’re desperate to give the babymoon a go, read these tips and advice to find out what a babymoon is, where you should go, what you should pack and the things you must avoid doing when jetting off for your pre-baby break.

Your guide to the babymoon

What is a babymoon?

Being pregnant can be tough – the morning sickness, the tiredness, the stress. The theory behind the babymoon is that you and your partner need a break from all of this baby-induced stress. You need time to relax, to rest and to recuperate. Therefore some hotels and travel companies organise special babymoon breaks where parents-to-be can unwind with special packages aimed at expectant parents. Other expectant parents use their babymoon for a completely different purpose. Some couples choose to use a babymoon as an opportunity to enjoy activities they love doing and that they won’t be able to do as frequently when their bump becomes a baby.

Although the type of babymoon varies, most parents go because they want to reinforce their own bond and nurture their relationship. It’s a great time to talk over issues and to discuss your thoughts about you as a couple and your future together as parents.

Things to be aware of when booking

A babymoon won’t be like your regular trips away. You can’t just rock up at the airport and freely pick a destination. There are a lot of things to consider. When you first think of booking a babymoon break see your doctor or midwife to discuss where you will be going and their views on your destination, considering things such as threat of disease. Next, choose a destination where your language is spoken widely so that you can communicate easily should there be a medical emergency – likewise, choose a place where medical support is on hand and up to scratch. Problems can occur at any stage of pregnancy and you need to have help and support if anything goes wrong. If you fancy exploring somewhere faraway on your break, make sure it’s safe for you to fly. Most pregnant women can’t fly beyond their 36th week, but airlines vary, and ideally you don’t want to travel far anytime after your second trimester because it can be horribly uncomfortable. Do not visit malarial areas and you must not risk being bitten by mosquitoes.

Things to avoid on your trip

So you love sipping cocktails and scuba diving? No matter where you are in the world, we’re afraid to tell you that you still can’t do certain things when you are pregnant. That means you can’t scuba dive, you shouldn’t enter the enticing whirlpools or saunas and you shouldn’t do any kind of activities that may result in you falling. That includes horseback riding on the beach, jet skiing through aqua waters and swishing down snowy mountains on your skis. Too much sun can also be harmful so check on temperatures before you depart and be sun safe. Be mindful about massages as some aromatherapy oils and treatments are harmful and you should avoid yoga classes if you are not into your second trimester yet. Although there may seem an awful lot you can’t do on your babymoon there are still lots of fun and rejuvenating activities you can do on your pre-baby break; we promise…

What to do on your babymoon

The best way to plan your babymoon is to think of things you both love to do and think about how you are both feeling. Are you tired or energetic? If you are tired choose a luxury country club or spa that has grounds where you can enjoy a refreshing jaunt. Here you can indulge in spa treatments, nap on a fluffy bed and experience fine room service. Some babymoon packages even offer deep sleep massages and excursions to boutique baby shops, which can be fun little extras. Alternatively if you love travelling and are feeling energetic you could choose to inter-rail across Europe. That way you get to see a lot and experience new places whilst having the opportunity to rest in (relative) comfort if nausea or tiredness suddenly kicks in. To plan the perfect location, work out what you want to gain from your babymoon and then try to meet those objectives. Good, healthy food and comfort are must-haves when booking a good babymoon break, so be sure to keep these in mind.

What to pack

There are certain essentials any babymooners will need that won’t appear on a “normal” traveller’s checklist. As a babymooner mum you will need a supportive and flattering swim suit and a sun-blocking cover up, a stash of the food you crave and some flat, comfortable shoes. Other items you should pack into your case include a first-aid kit, the phone numbers of local medical services, a decent phrase book if you’re travelling overseas and a book about pregnancy in case you suddenly have a burning question. Another essential includes decent insurance. Check with your insurance company that you are both covered as women are exempt at certain stages of pregnancy. It may also be a sweet idea to take some old photos of the pair of you, to talk about the way you were and how you’re about to embark on a whole new and exciting chapter together.

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