Babymoons: like a honeymoon with a bump

The second trimester is often referred to as the ‘honeymoon trimester’ when many of your terrible symptoms subside and you are feeling fantastic!

Why not treat yourself with a babymoon - a fun vacation you and your partner can take while your body still feels up for it - to celebrate the fact that soon you will give birth to your bundle of joy.

Things to consider in advance

If you already have vacation ideas swirling in your mind, it’s important to keep some things in mind before making any plans:

  • Travel distance: Before you go anywhere, you should consult your healthcare provider and make sure you are healthy enough for travel. Also, remember that traveling long distances can be uncomfortable and stressful. Local vacation spots can be a lot of fun and easy to get to.
  • Activities: Your body may feel ready for anything, but remember that some activities can be dangerous for Baby. You should avoid activities that involve high intensity physical activity or put you at risk of falling. When choosing your vacation destination, consider the activities available and the activities you can do. Consult your healthcare provider to see which activities would be good for you.
  • Reduce stress: Remember that your vacation should help you unwind and release some of the stress associated with pregnancy. It may not be the best idea for you to go somewhere that will stress you out. This could be a place with a language barrier or maybe a fast paced city. Think about a location where you will have fun but not be under too much stress.
  • Costs: For almost all new parents, the financial costs of raising a child are higher than originally expected, and the costs of travel can be quite high. When planning your trip, don’t book anything you think will put you and your family in financial difficulty before or after your child arrives. There are plenty of ways to live within your means and enjoy a great trip.
  • Diet: If you want to go somewhere exotic and fun, consider what you will be eating and if it will be beneficial to you and Baby. You also don’t want to eat food you don’t think your body can handle or food that might make you sick. Eating the right food is very important for you and Baby.
  • Medical conditions: At this point in your pregnancy you may be experiencing symptoms like hot flashes, morning sickness, as well as others. Be sure to go to a spot where you believe you will be comfortable enough to handle these conditions without too much stress. Experiencing these symptoms far from home can cause anxiety in many women. If you are also worried about the possibility of requiring prompt medical attention, be sure not to travel too far from your healthcare provider, or make sure you're aware of a medical facility that's close to where you're going. Always consult your provider before you go on your vacation.
  • Your Partner: Don’t forget about your partner! A babymoon is a fantastic opportunity for you and your partner to spend some quality time together before you welcome Baby.

Fun times ahead!

While there are several things you should consider before embarking on your babymoon, the most important thing to remember is that you are well on your way to bringing your child into the world!

If you can create a good travel plan, then that is wonderful. If circumstances don’t allow you to travel, you still have Baby to look forward to and focus on, and can enjoy a nice day with your partner closer to home!

You may not be able to hit the town like you once could, but a babymoon is a great reminder that you can still keep it fun when you’re a parent!

Reviewed by Dr. Jamie Lo
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