How I Do Summer Vacation, Pregnant Style

Summer vacation for our family starts tomorrow, right after I sob and sniffle my way through our oldest daughter's kindergarten graduation. 

And while I am simultaneously elated not to have to get three kids out of the house by 8 a.m. every morning anymore, I am also a little bit more than scared about how well they will all get along again in the house together all day long. 

With my husband's busy schedule, I know that eventually we are all going to need some time to refresh and recharge with a family vacation. 

But there's just one small problem:

I am hugely pregnant. 

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I want to get away and enjoy a family vacation, hitting the road, taking adventures, exploring all that our great mitten state has to offer, but the truth is, I'm at the stage of pregnancy where simply trying to get comfortable in bed feels like it takes enormous, crazy amounts of effort. 

So what's a pregnant vacationing mother-to-be to do?

Rent a lake house, of course!

Let's break down the benefits of renting a place by the water, shall we?

1. You have a “home base.” Honestly, how else can you feel comfortable when you're on vacation other than to have some space of your own? A hotel isn't exactly homey, an RV may feel a little cramped, and crashing in with guests can be draining. Renting your own space can help you have that time you need when you're too exhausted to mingle. 

2. The house is the vacation. When we decided to rent a friend's cabin on the lake, our kids were beyond thrilled. It didn't matter that the cabin was less than updated or that the rooms were nothing spectacular, we were some place new, and that was enough. With a beach right outside our door, it was easy for this pregnant mama to relax while they still got their fill of fun. 

3. It can help you save money. Renting a cabin actually helped us to save money. Going through a family friend ensured a low rate with a place we could trust and allowed me to pack all our meals and snacks to take with us—instant savings rather than hitting up a restaurant for every meal. I know a vacation isn't exactly about saving money, but when there is a baby on the way, it's never a thought far from my mind. 

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4. You can have all the comforts of home. I admit it. I'm a creature of habit when I'm pregnant. I need my pregnancy pillow, my fan, even my favorite nightgown, and on a traditional vacation, I might not be able to haul all my stuff along with me, but with the lake house, I feel comfortable enough to make it my own. It gives me the best of both worlds—feeling like I get a getaway from home without having to miss all my comforts of home. 

What's your favorite type of vacation while you're pregnant?

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How I Do Summer Vacation, Pregnant Style

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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