Have a happy and healthy babymoon by avoiding these three common mistakes
By: Iesha McLaughlin
Nowadays, many first-time parents have a babymoon on their agenda as they prepare for a new addition to the family. Meeting this little person that you have been growing for 9 months is one of the most exciting and biggest blessings you will ever receive. However, it can be a little daunting that in just a few short months or weeks it will no longer be just the two of you. The purpose of the babymoon is to enjoy one last getaway as a twosome before embarking on parenthood. Babymoons range from lavish tropical resorts to in-town staycations. However, there are some things to consider when planning your perfect pre-baby bash.
Thoroughly research your destination.
If you are planning on going out of the country this is very important. Depending on how far along in the pregnancy you are there is a chance you may stay relatively close to home. But if you are cleared by your doctor to travel abroad, be sure to make yourself and your partner aware of the conditions in the country you will be traveling to. Because the mommy to be is carrying very precious cargo, you want to make sure your location is safe and inviting to tourist.
This might seem like common sense, but finding the right resources can prove challenging. Check the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) for Zika updates and plan on a pre-trip check-up to make sure you are travel-ready.
Consider how the Mommy to be is feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Does she want to wear a bikini? Does she want to eat out at some of her favorite local spots? Would she enjoy a spa day? A babymoon is an opportunity for the mommy to be to feel beautiful and pampered. A crowded beach may not be the most relaxing idea of a babymoon for someone who is suddenly feeling overwhelmed by crowds, or is feeling self-concious. If dad or a friend is planning the babymoon, consult mom when planning to ensure that everyone has a fun and memorable vacation.
However, don’t forget that this trip is for dad too – so keep some of his wants and needs in mind. This is his last trip before the baby and he needs some TLC as well. Would dad enjoy a sporting event? You have the freedom and creativity to make your babymoon meet your needs – no matter the budget, location, or time of year.
Plan bump friendly activities.
As we all know, there are quite a few things that are not permitted for pregnant women for safety reasons. However, there are still plenty of fun activities to embark on while you’re carrying your bundle of joy, with doctor approval of course. For those who are able, walking is an excellent source of exercise during your pregnancy. Visiting destinations that would require some walking is a great idea for the healthy mother-to-be.
Food is one indulgence (in moderation of course) many future mommies are more than happy to partake in. Pregnancy is one of the few times that no one will judge you for gaining weight, so why not take advantage? Additionally, it is also likely some R&R will be appreciated during the babymoon. It would be hard to go wrong with a nice pre-natal or foot massage, mani/pedi, or facial. Women’s bodies change drastically during pregnancy and massage is an amazing gift for both mom & dad! Check Groupon for local deals, ask your hotel concierge if they have in-room services, and have a happy and relaxing time together!
Lastly, make sure to enjoy the time with your partner as you prepare to bring a little person into the world. Babymoon preferences will look different for everyone, doing something that fits your budget personal needs are what matters most. Many hotels are on top of the babymoon trend and have special amenities to accommodate vacationers who are expecting, or recommendations of things to do while in the area. Research, explore, and above all, connect!