For many couples, pregnancy is a frantic nine months that are filled with baby shopping, doctors appointments and bizarre food cravings. However, while you're madly preparing for the arrival of your baby, don't forget that this is the last opportunity you and your partner will have to enjoy a romantic vacation alone. From making sure you're well enough to travel to choosing a pregnancy-friendly destination, here are a few tips to help plan the ultimate babymoon:
The Ideal Window For Travel
If you're not suffering from a high-risk pregnancy or any other health problems, American Pregnancy recommends an expectant mother travel during the second trimester. The first trimester is often fraught with several debilitating symptoms, including morning sickness, and travel during the third trimester isn't advisable that close to your due date.
However, whether you are traveling by plane, car or are planning a cruise, it is always advisable to speak with your doctor first. If your doctor is concerned about you or your baby's health, it is best to either stay closer to home or put your travel plans on hold.
A Destination Fit For a Pregnant Woman
When you hear the word "vacation" do you automatically think of scaling mountains, jumping out of airplanes or facing your fears in a shark cage? Unfortunately, none of these thrill-seeking vacations are safe for you or your baby, but this doesn't mean you still can't have fun.
Instead, here are a few considerations to keep in mind while picking a babymoon destination:
Choose a destination that isn't too far from home. In addition to being uncomfortable, traveling for great distances heightens a pregnant woman's risk of developing DVT, or deep vein thrombosis.
Avoid traveling to foreign countries that require vaccinations, or leave you at risk of contracting a serious illness. Many of the vaccines required to visit several foreign countries can be dangerous to a pregnant woman and her unborn child.
Pick a destination that has plenty of low impact activities. For example, an all-inclusive resort can provide you with plenty of activities that won't put too much strain on you or your baby.
If you're planning a cruise, learn about the company's policies regarding pregnant women. According to Travel Channel, many cruise ships won't allow women who are past the 25 week mark to board.
When all else fails, consider the spa. Many spas have packages available for expectant mothers and couples. Just make sure to stay out of hot tubs and spas. The extreme temperatures can raise your body's internal temperature, which is very unsafe for your baby.
In Case of Emergency
Now that you've chosen the ideal babymoon destination, it is time to create an emergency plan. Begin by telling your doctor about your travel plans and if they have any concerns. Your doctor might schedule a pre-vacation appointment to make sure there aren't any issues.
Your next step should be to learn about the location of any hospitals near your hotel or resort. Contact your resort or hotel directly and ask them about the location of the nearest hospital or if they have a doctor on call. If you're traveling by car, map out the locations of any hospitals along the way. Even if you're only in the second trimester, is it always wise to plan for the unexpected early arrival of your baby.
Preparing for a baby is stressful, making it the perfect time to take a well-deserved vacation. While planning your ideal babymoon, just remember that the second trimester is the best time to travel and that it is always advisable to contact your doctor to make sure you're healthy enough for the journey.
Every year, I look forward to traveling to a nearby, mountain town for a much needed vacation. Whenever I visit this peaceful town, I love to spend the majority of my time outdoors. One of my favorite activities is hiking to waterfalls. Whenever I arrive at my destination, I’m always amazed at how beautiful the scenery is. Whenever I look at a waterfall, I feel totally calm. Besides gazing at waterfalls, I also like to dip my toes in cool, refreshing creeks. On this blog, I hope you will discover ways to make your next vacation less hectic and more peaceful. Enjoy!