🎶 First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage. 🎶
That’s how the old song used to go, right? Well, nowadays we have a new thing to add to this list: a babymoon!
What is a babymoon, exactly?
You might have heard of a little thing called a honeymoon, which is a romantic getaway that newlyweds take following their wedding. It’s often a dream vacation, an exciting break from the stressors of life and wedding planning, filled with late nights, brunch in bed, and exciting things like ziplining, surfing, skiing or sightseeing. A babymoon is pretty much the exact same thing – minus the mojitos and extreme sports, of course.
A babymoon is essentially a relaxing and romantic vacation taken during pregnancy, before the birth of the baby.
There are many exciting places you can go for a destination babymoon, but if going on a honeymoon-like vacation during your pregnancy isn’t an option, you can do a staycation babymoon, too! You can treat yourself to a relaxing massage and a romantic dinner together, because the point of a babymoon isn’t necessarily about traveling.
The point of a babymoon is to take some time, just the two of you, to share time together and connect before your baby comes. Once the baby comes, it becomes infinitely harder to getaway just the two of you.
When is the best time to take a babymoon?
The best time to take a babymoon vacation is during the second trimester, between 14 and 28 weeks. The first trimester is usually when mothers-to-be feel their worst (hello, morning sickness!) and it’s not ideal to travel in the third trimester, so the second semester is the best time to take a babymoon. By the second semester, you can even be celebrating the sex of your baby!
Whatever you end up doing for your babymoon, here are some practical tips:
- Be sure to check travel restrictions (i.e. avoid regions with the Zika virus).
- Let your obstetrician know that you’ll be traveling to make sure it’s safe for you and your baby.
- Check out local medical facilities beforehand, just to be on the safe side.
- Try not to stay sitting for too long, get up and get your blood pumping!
- Stay hydrated, especially if you’re traveling to a more humid and/or warmer temperature than your used to.
- And of course, take lots of photos to remember your trip by!
Love My Baby Bump is a 3D/4D Ultrasound Studio in Clarksville, Tennessee.