Babymoons are that special trip that parents-to-be take before their bundle of joy arrives. A last chance to relax and restore before life gets exceptionally busy.
If you are planning for a babymoon, it’s an opportunity for you to enjoy time together as couples without the responsibilities of parenthood.
There are several considerations to make when you plan your babymoon. Traveling while pregnant can create some challenges, but it’s usually very doable if you plan ahead of time. Here are five tips on planning a perfect babymoon.
1. Plan for traveling in your second trimester
Many moms-to-be find the first semester filled with nausea and overwhelming fatigue. Once you hit your second trimester, the morning sickness is usually gone, and you’re not so big that you’re uncomfortable.
This is why obstetricians typically recommend that you go between weeks 14 to 28. You’re not uncomfortable, your fatigue has lifted somewhat, and your mind is finally able to entertain the idea of going somewhere and enjoying yourself. The second trimester is the ideal time for travel during your pregnancy.
2. Plan the destination
Now that you know when you want to go, it’s time to pick where you want to go. Do you want exotic or laid-back? Casual or formal and pampered? Consider the climate of the place you’re heading and make sure that any amenities you need are easy to access.
Your babymoon should not necessarily be the time to travel somewhere to do a lot of sight-seeing or a highly-physical adventure. Cruises are not the best option either in case morning sickness is still an issue. Instead, you want this to be a time that you can do a lot of relaxing and resting.
3. Don’t do long flights or long roadtrips
Though you may be dreaming of a European trek as your final hurrah before the baby comes, consider all that such a trip entails. Aside from the comfort factor, sitting for extended periods of time can pose health hazards for even the healthiest of people.
Going abroad can cause jet lag, making an already fatigued mom-to-be even more exhausted. Try to keep your travel time to less than four hours.
Trying to run through an airport to catch a connecting flight is the last thing you want to be doing during your second trimester. If you choose a destination that requires flying, don’t forget to get an aisle seat, since you are going to need frequent bathroom breaks.
4. Score discounts by sharing what you’re doing
Many resorts and hotels offer discounts to travelers that are celebrating a special occasion. Let the person know that you’re booking with that you are on your babymoon and see what special offers they can provide. Sometimes you can get a room upgrade or a special room service package.
5. Keep medical support a priority
In addition to ensuring that your doctor has given you the green light to travel, you also want to make sure the area you’re traveling to has good medical care nearby.
Usually, the second trimester is pretty uneventful, but you don’t want to find yourself in an emergency situation with no medical help nearby. Keep your doctor’s contact info on a card with you at all times, as well as your insurance details.
If you keep these important guidelines in mind, you will find that you can plan a babymoon that will be filled with happy memories to hold on to after the baby arrives.
Richard Burrowes, is the Senior Director of Operations at Rose Hall Developments Ltd. His career foundations began in Vancouver, Canada where he studied hotel management and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce while working in AAA 4 and 5 Diamond hotel properties.
Richard’s journey continued when he returned to his birthplace, Jamaica, and began a career in the hospitality industry. This experience has allowed him to manage first class resorts and people in Jamaica, St. Lucia, and the Bahamas. Today, he is fortunate to be a part of the Rose Hall Developments team, a diverse and historically rich company.
September 25, 2018 2:34 pm 2 Comments