How To Plan The Best Babymoon
- What is a babymoon?
- How late in pregnancy can I travel?
- When should I go on a babymoon?
- Where can I go on a babymoon?
- What is the best way to travel while pregnant?
- Tips to travel while pregnant
What is a Babymoon?
A babymoon is a vacation (like a honeymoon) that you take with your partner while you’re pregnant. Couples choose to go on a babymoon to bask in a relaxing getaway before their lives become more complicated with a new baby. Whether it’s your first child or you already have little munchkins, a babymoon could be for you.
How Late in Pregnancy Can I Travel?
As long as you and your fetus are healthy, you can travel safely until you are 36 weeks pregnant. If you are suffering from complications in your pregnancy, or have a history of complications during previous pregnancies, it is not recommended to travel. For one thing, it would be dangerous to be that far away from your healthcare practitioner in case of an emergency. And for another, you might find yourself in trouble if you're confined to a means of transportation and an emergency should occur, consider for a moment being 30,000 feet high in the air on a plane...
Determinants include but are not limited to: preeclampsia, prelabor rupture of membranes, preterm labor, and/or carrying multiple fetuses. Check with your doctor before you plan a trip.
When Should I Go On a Babymoon?
The sweet spot to travel while pregnant is between 14-28 weeks. Read below for some considerations on when is best for you to plan a getaway.
Everyone knows delicious food is one of the greatest parts of vacation AND it’s also one of the best parts of pregnancy. I recommend you wait until you’re out of the morning sickness phase until you leave for your excursion. For most women, nausea subsides at around fourteen weeks pregnant.
Once you’re in your third trimester, your baby is probably putting all her weight on your bladder... meaning you need to pee all of the time! Knowing this, you probably want to travel before frequent urination becomes such an inconvenience that it is interfering with your expedition.
If you are looking to travel somewhere that requires flying, keep in mind that most airlines will NOT let you travel after 28 weeks pregnant. Definitely check the website of the airline you’re considering before you book any nonrefundable tickets.
When your belly gets really big, you might not want to move around so much. Be mindful of what will be most enjoyable for YOU (the pregnant one). Swelling, bloating, and constipation are all lovely symptoms that pregnant women endure. In most cases these symptoms will worsen as the due date inches closer. Be sure to consider those facts as a babymoon is meant to relieve stress and anxiety, not cause more.
Just like any other vacation, everyone has their own opinion of what is relaxing. Depending on the month of the year you are traveling, how many people you are traveling with, and your preference in transportation, “where” you decide to go is totally up to you.
Now might be a good time to check out some of the most famous cities in the United States. Some pregnancy approved options include:
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Chicago, Illinois
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Seattle, Washington
- San Fransico, California
- Boston, Massachusettes
- Salem, Massachusettes
- Nashville, Tennesee
- Austin, Texas
- San Antonio, Texas
- Bar Harbor, Maine
- Key West, Florida
- Poconos, Pennsylvania
- Chester, Vermont
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- Cape May, New Jersey
If you are comfortable with traveling a bit further, recommended far away destinations include:
- Dublin, Ireland
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
- Paradise Island, Bahamas
- Nassau, Bahamas
- Sydney, Australia
- Hveragerdi, Iceland
- The Virgin Islands
- Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
- Rome, Italy
- Paris, France
- Niagara Falls, Canada
- London, England
Pregnant women are very fragile when it comes to bacteria, so I would not travel anywhere the food or water isn't 100% trustworthy to consume.
If you are interested in traveling out of the country, make sure to inquire about your health insurance policy as you may not be covered internationally. There are options to purchase special health care insurance for this particular occasion.
You should not travel to any location where there has been an outbreak of Malaria, Zika, or any dangerous mosquito carried illness.
What is the Best Way to Travel While Pregnant?
Traveling by car is fine, as long as your fellow passengers don’t mind stopping for bathroom breaks (and snack breaks). Don’t forget to stretch your legs to avoid cramping. If you like road trips, then the distance you are traveling is not a factor. Turn up the tunes! Make sure you have a plan when it comes to who is driving and when you are taking turns as to be safe.
As mentioned before, pregnant women are allowed to travel by airplane, but you should check the airline policies first before planning a trip. Generally, women are not supposed to fly after 28 weeks pregnant. If you are traveling by plane, try to get an aisle seat so you are not feeling congested and can get up easily. Bring hand sanitizer, water, and snacks!
To travel by cruise ship may be a little more risky due to the simple fact that you’ll be on the ship for a longer duration of time than either a car ride or flight. Additionally, you may be out at sea when an emergency occurs. Nonetheless, most cruise lines approve of pregnant women traveling on board before they are 24 weeks pregnant. You’ll probably have to produce a “fit to travel” note from your doctor to prove your pregnancy is not high-risk. Make it a priority to find out where you can seek medical assistance on the boat since cruise ships are very large and can be confusing to get around on. If you don’t get seasick, taking a cruise could be right for you! Hello endless buffets and ice cream stations!
The Best Pregnant Travel Tips
- Pack your prenatal vitamins!
- Save your OB/GYN or hospital’s phone number into your phone.
- Let your doctor know you are traveling before you go.
- Pack a water bottle. Make sure you have access to water at all times. Stay hydrated.
- Check the temperature for everyday you’ll be away in the location you will be traveling.
- Don’t plan a trip where you will have to walk EVERYWHERE.
- Buy travel insurance or purchase refundable tickets.
- Be ready to change plans on a moment’s notice.
- Schedule a check-up with your OB/GYN for as soon as you come back.
- Pack comfortable clothing.
- Locate the nearest hospital or clinic in the area and save their address/phone number.
- Avoid hot tubs and jacuzzis.
- Don’t pack a suitcase too heavy for you to lug around. Get a suitcase with wheels; no heavy lifting.
- Take lots of pictures to remember the bump.
- Wear sunscreen when you're in the sun.
- Have fun!!!
- Samantha Colandrea