pregnancy

What is a baby moon?

Babymoons are vacations or even mini-vacations that you take while you’re pregnant.

Babymoons give you the last chance to experience something new before your baby arrives. Because as you know, once your baby arrives, your life will change now that the baby takes priority. 

Babymoons can be enjoyed by you and your spouse or significant other together. This can be an opportunity to bond, relax and have fun with your family.

Babymoon destinations

The sky is the limit with where and what you can do. If you’re worried about health and your wellness during your babymoon, get advice from the Centers for Disease Control about traveling while pregnant.

Experiential travel can be very exciting, especially if you’ve been wanting to go somewhere for a while. Taking a babymoon might be the last chance in a while that you’ll have to travel, or at least until your baby gets a little bit older. You should also consider your ability to exert the willpower and energy necessary to accomplish all you desire on your trip. Because being pregnant does take a lot of energy out of you. 

One thing you can do is to make memorable stops near home. You don’t have to go super far. One possibility is to rent an apartment or an AirBNB in another city and pretend you’re on vacation.

Renting an RV is an excellent way to travel. It’s also a great way to visit relatives. Especially if your significant other drives the entire way and you get to relax in the back on a couch!

It’s important that you feel relaxed once you reach your destination. If you feel strong enough to go sightseeing, kayaking, hiking, and museum-hopping – then good for you. Sometimes it’s just good to get out of the house. 

It is said that some pregnant women love the feeling of floating in the sea. So that’s one option if you live near a beach. Or you can go to an indoor heated pool, if the time of the year does not permit floating in the ocean or body of water. Or you can even try camping (just make sure you’re comfortable. There is nothing that can replace a good night of sleep!) Or you can do ‘glamping’. This combination of camping’s with the comforts of a hotel is the concept known as glamping! 

Or, you can simply visit your relatives who are willing to pamper you. You can have them cook food for you, or you can do delivery and stay in. Just make sure to return the favor when they ask you!

Babymoon’s Dos and Don’ts: a Quick List

It doesn’t have to be difficult to make a babymoon safe and comfortable.

Get ready for the weather

Pregnancy may affect your body’s temperature. You can feel hot when the temperature is normal. Or you can be really cold when the temperate is relatively warm out. So take that into consideration when you’re researching, “what is a baby moon.” 

We’ve heard stories of people going to the city of New York in December while they were still in my their trimester and the cold didn’t affect them. Then again, we’ve heard the exact opposite – so just be prepared for anything. 

Don’t: Overdo it

This is an important time in your life when you’re developing a little person inside of you. Do not feel pressured or obligated following the pre-pregnancy pace that society tells you. Don’t stress. Just take it easy. 

And also be careful when and where you decide to go out, when you’re in a city. Walking at certain times of the day (or night) in certain cities / neighborhoods can be dangerous for pregnant women ( or anyone for that matter) . 

Think about what you’ll be eating at your destination

Women who are pregnant may consider the food while on vacation just as important.

If you go to Las Vegas, many pregnant women dream of eating at all-you-can buffets because of the variety. You can get a lot of what you are craving at an open style buffet. 

Take into consideration that sometimes a quick vacation can be all you need. You can make it more enjoyable and less stressful by packing less.

Cindy, a mom from Arizona told us, “My husband and I took two short trips to California. It was wonderful to be able to take a break from work, childbirth classes and other responsibilities.”

Don’t: A babymoon doesn’t have to be fancy

You can make your babymoon anything you like! Take a road trip or stay at home.

Jennifer from New York told us, “I was late in my pregnancies and had to travel to a small town for business. My husband and I went together. We had a fun time simply staying at a bed and breakfast.” 

Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated.

Do or do not: invite your friends / family

This one is totally up to yo. You don’t have to be the only ones on babymoon. Sometimes, you just want to enjoy your friends and family.

Some pregnant moms go and see their families and are enriched by the experience. Other’s would rather just be alone. 

One of our readers, Abby, from Ohio, stated, “We visited our friends in the mountains. But they were from a small village. And they treated me like a child and spoiled me every step of the way. It was almost like I had a mother who didn’t lecture me about anything.”

So that’s also something you may want to consider. 

Do: If you’re feeling bold, make a dream happen

A babymoon is a great way to travel once in your life. And it’s a great way to make a dream come true. It’s going to be the last time you’re going to have the freedom of not being a parent. So use this time wisely. 

We have heard of couples taking trips to Italy, from one place to another. They told us it was an amazing experience and they would definitely recommend it.

We know of other couples who hiked the Na Pali Coast Trail in Hawaii. They told us “it was was a three-night camping journey through jungle, arid rocks sides and mountain goat territory. It felt like we were giving our baby an adventure. “

When is it best to go on a babymoon?

It is best to travel in the first or second trimester.

It doesn’t matter when you arrive, double-check your appointments and the upcoming tests. You may be denied permission to take the test again if you miss your window.

What should I bring to a babymoon

Comfort is key when packing for a babymoon. If you depend on your pregnancy pillows for good sleep, make sure you back those for sure. 

You should also bring your prenatal vitamins, and any medication you may be taking and possibly some books to read and maybe a journal to document the experience. 

Safety tips for babymoons

It’s usually safe to travel while you are pregnant.

It is important to take extra precautions when traveling with a pregnant woman. This will ensure that your safety as well as your baby’s.

  • Pay attention to your body
  • Keep hydrated
  • Dizziness is a warning sign.
  • Avoid fatigue by taking frequent breaks
  • Keep healthy snacks handy
  • Avoid sitting too long. Get up often to stretch and increase blood circulation.

In case of an emergency, you might consider visiting an urgent care center or hospital near you.

Can you take a babymoon using COVID-19?

Avoiding travel during a pandemic can be dangerous if you are at high risk.  Wearing masks is permitted for air travel and is actually currently required for air travel. So take that into consideration.

Pregnancy can be associated with a higher risk of serious illness or death due to COVID-19 than those who aren’t pregnant. It is important to take preventative steps.

We hope this article helps you make a good decision whether or not you want to take a babymoon!