A Gestation Vacation: Planning a pregnancy getaway
Preparing for a new baby brings plenty of excitement about things to come. There are those tiny clothes, baby giggles and smiles, all those hours spent holding your new child. Of course, those tiny clothes mean huge loads of laundry, the giggles are sometimes replaced by cries, and sometimes after hours holding baby you start to wonder if you can just give her to someone else for a while so you can take a nap.
More parents are taking advantage of the early months of pregnancy to fit in a last pre-baby vacation, sometimes termed a “babymoon.” Of course welcoming a new baby is reason for celebration, but it also means giving up the spontaneity of a quick trip with friends or leisurely hours lying on the beach with a drink. Babies are small, and portable, but traveling with a baby along certainly changes the dynamic of a vacation. Preparing yourself for these changes is as good a reason as any for a bit of rest and relaxation, and a chance at one last worry-free trip. So, how do you plan this escape?
Check with your doctor.
Even with a healthy, complication free pregnancy your doctor may place some restrictions on when and where you travel. Most will recommend against traveling too far from home or flying once you hit the later stages of pregnancy. By that time, you may not feel up to travel anyway, so it is generally better to plan for a getaway before the end of your second trimester.
Consider your desires and your limitations.
Pregnancy is not just a physical change. You have undoubtedly spent many hours thinking and planning for your new addition. You may be ready for a few mindless hours in the spa or a leisurely sway in a hammock. If you are already feeling winded after climbing a flight of stairs, you may want to forego your usual hiking trips for a leisurely stroll through a historic city. Pregnancy doesn't mean that you have to give up all physical activity, but it also isn't the best time to try your hand at skiing for the first time. Plan a trip that will offer you fun and relaxation, with plenty of down time. The real idea is to have some quality alone time with your partner.
Can't afford a big trip or taking time off work?
Book an overnight stay in a nearby destination. Or spend a weekend at home, in bed, with no distractions. Try to spend some time doing things you really enjoy – pedicures, shopping with girlfriends, hours spent searching for the perfect print for the nursery or the best pair of maternity jeans. You don't have to spend anything to have some quality time enjoying the things about your life now and preparing for your life to come.
The whole idea behind a babymoon is a celebration. Celebrate the new phase of life you are entering and the joys welcoming this new life to the world.