Once your bundle of joy arrives, life as you know it will be totally different. Here’s where the babymoon comes in – when parents-to-be take one final trip together to relax before baby. Marcus and I took advantage of this fun idea and took a quick weekend getaway to Nassau, Bahamas (two-hour flight from ATL). We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and it was a phenomenal experience.
We put a lot of thought into our trip to make sure it was enjoyable for the both of us, so continue reading for five tips to help you get the most out of your babymoon.
Before deciding on a destination, check out the map of places impacted by the Zika virus because it can cause some pretty severe birth defects, such as microcephaly. The CDC provides a very comprehensive, interactive map for easy reference.
Next, consider travel length when picking a destination. Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, you may not want to sit in a car or a plane for several hours, especially if your baby’s position causes frequent bathroom breaks.
MAKE SURE YOUR TIMING IS RIGHT
Traveling in the first trimester may not be ideal due to the extreme fatigue and morning sickness most women experience at this time. The same goes for the third trimester, when the fatigue usually returns along with the discomfort of a bigger belly.
The middle or end of the second trimester is the best time for a babymoon in my opinion because, for most women, the nausea has subsided, there’s a burst of energy, and the belly is just the right size. That way you can actually enjoy your food and have energy to show off that pregnancy glow instead of just snoozing in the hotel room.
Also, most airlines (not Delta) restrict travel in the third trimester, so it’s best to avoid the disappointment of booking a ticket and being turned away.
DON’T PLAN AN ITINERARY
Avoid making too many plans. Once baby arrives, you’re going to be on a strict schedule for a while – i.e., sleep and feeding schedules. Take this time to ditch the itinerary and be flexible with things like sleeping in, taking naps, long massages, or just doing nothing together.
BRING SNACKS AND A WATER BOTTLE
As an expectant mom, there are lots of things you already cannot eat or drink. Couple that with the tap water in some foreign countries and you may be hard-pressed to find something that is safe for you to consume. On top of that, resort restaurant schedules can be pretty wonky, leaving large gaps between the end of one meal and the beginning of another. So pack some nutritious snacks and a water bottle that you can fill with bottled water and carry them around with you throughout the day.
The whole point of a babymoon is to get away and spend one-on-one time together. Leave your work, friends and family at home and actually focus on bonding with each other. Those distractions will be there when you return.
Most importantly, have fun and take lots of pictures! You’ll want to be able to look back on the miracle of pregnancy, and your last trip as a family of two.