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I don’t know when a ‘babymoon’ became a “thing”! I can’t recall them being popular when I was pregnant with bubs #1 and #2. So it was definitely something I wanted to do for baby #3. Just what is a babymoon anyway?
While I’d heard of a babymoon, I didn’t know anyone who had taken one so my first step was to Google and research before using the term, Babymoon.
In doing this research and considering what would work for us, I also came up with the benefits of a babymoon, as well as tips for planning a babymoon and traveling while pregnant!
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What Is A Babymoon?
A babymoon is typically a short getaway or long weekend escape from routine of between 2 and 4 days. If you are able to, and financially sound, then a week is going to be an amazing babymoon. The most common and easy definition of “What is a Babymoon” seems to be a ‘last hurrah’ before the baby is born!
What a babymoon is ranges vastly for different people! Some fit and healthy people have headed off on multi-day hikes in the mountains or along the coast, while all others can manage is sitting inside in the air-conditioning at a hot destination. A babymoon could be a stay at a nearby hotel (like a staycation); it could be a domestic resort spot or somewhere overseas that you have always wanted to visit.
There is no “one size fits all”formula for ‘what is a babymoon?” However, in general, it is a holiday that you take with your significant other in order to celebrate the impending birth of your child.
What Are The Benefits Of A Babymoon?
It provides a chance for a couple to reconnect and rejuvenate in a setting that suits them (hiking as a couple is just as rejuvenating as being an a resort lounging on by the pool for many)
It is a great excuse for a holiday!
Tips & Considerations For Planning A Babymoon
Health, perhaps for the first time in your life, will become a driving factor in deciding where to babymoon!
1. Your overall health is very important when planning a babymoon! If you have any pregnancy risk then a babymoon might put more pressure on yourself and the baby, so perhaps a babymoon is not such a good idea.
2. Access to Health care. In low risk pregnancies there are less potential problems, but sometimes it is better to be safe than sorry and choose a place where there is ready access to health care.
3. Travel insurance. Many companies won’t insure you after a certain amount of weeks.
We like World Nomads for our insurance and they will cover you as long as your trip finishes before the end of your 26th week of pregnancy, and a number of other conditions that you can read about here.
We have traveled up to 32 weeks pregnant and our insurance policy has covered it, so you need to do your research.
4. Kids or no kids? Are you thinking of a couple’s getaway, or are you the type of people that take the kids?
What Did We Do For Our Babymoon?
For baby number three, as an over 40 year old mother (a geriatric mother!) we found ourselves a little hesitant to head off overseas though the other two pregnancies were almost entirely gestated while out of the country.
We ended up taking a one night getaway by staying in a city hotel close to home.
For babies one and two we were in Peru and Nicaragua. Take a look at these ideas for a babymoon in Machu Picchu!
Before Booking Your Babymoon
- If going on flights or out of the country check in with your doctor or obstetrician.
- Ask them for a letter to enable you to fly (if you are more advanced in pregnancy) as each airline has different rules, so make sure what you are planning to do will work with their conditions. For example, with Qantas, after 28 weeks, you need to carry a certificate or letter from a registered medical practitioner or registered midwife confirming certain details, including that it is a not complicated pregnancy.
- Plan your budget with extra care. Remember that not only do babies tend to cost money (lots of extra paraphernalia) but you are likely to have reduced income for a period following the birth (this will depend on personal preference)
Best Time To Take A Babymoon
It is generally considered that the best time for a babymoon is during your second trimester, when the initial morning sickness has passed, and you are not too big and heavy. (Also, you don’t want to be focused on nesting which occurs to many women – like an un-naturally strong force -towards the end of their pregnancy.)
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t babymoon in the first or third trimesters. For this mumma, some of her best weeks were Week 30 to 34, so everyone is different.
What You Need To Consider In Babymoon Destinations
1. How Much Time Do You Have/Can Afford To Take?
For families that already have little ones, a babymoon might just be an overnight stay in a hotel in the city where they live.
2. Drive Or Fly?
There are restrictions on flying over 28 weeks, but there are problems associated with driving too, though it is more budget friendly. This Mumma just finished a 6 hour road trip recently and looked down and saw very PUFFY swelled ankles!!!
3. Plenty Of Opportunity To Rest/Easy Access To The Hotel.
At whatever phase of pregnancy, most people tend to tire more easily than when not pregnant. Not to mention sickness in the early months and aches in the later months. Therefore it is important you can get back to your hotel to rest if you need.
4. Pace And Schedule.
A good combination of relaxing, but also keeping in mind that boat trips, early starts or birdwatching trips are all much more difficult with a small baby. Having a good number of activities is ideal for us!
5. Enjoy Kid Free Activities.
Don’t forget to enjoy museums or art galleries. Both are going to become increasingly difficult when you have a baby so take advantage of some quiet time.
6. Zika, And Other Tropical Diseases.
Zika is a virus spread by the Aedes mosquito, and was headline news a few years ago amongst travellers. In short, if you contract Zika while pregnant it can cause serious problems for the unborn child. Worse, a majority of Zika infections don’t cause symptoms and are mild… so you don’t even know you have got it. Research your destination and decide whether it is worth taking the risk of contracting Zika.
We were in Fiji last year and I was surprised to see the number of women baby mooning, as the Zika virus is listed as being active on Fiji.
For more babymoon inspiration check out our post “Where To Babymoon in Australia”.
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