Wednesday, 27 March 2019

The Babymoon - One Last Hoorah...Only Joking...

Dear Readers,

The Babymoon.  Possibly the latest trend on our Blog, along with the term “Vacay” which, again, is new to us, although the Americans have been using it for years as a diminutive to “Vacation”, obviously.  Along with quinoa, millet, chia seeds and flavoured gins, the Babymoon is the latest craze.



Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Babymoon Vacay

The babymoon trend is fast gaining popularity.  Most first time parents take the trip before the baby arrives and it’s aimed at getting a break from the baby-centred conversations that take precedence during pregnancy.  Other couples opt for a babymoon as the last trip as a duo since it becomes more complicated to travel once the baby arrives. 

Planning for a perfect babymoon can be quite daunting especially when you factor in things such as pregnancy symptoms, travel restrictions, available vacation times, CDC recommendations and so on. In this guide, we’re going to give you insights on how to plan your perfect babymoon vacay.


The history of babymoon 

Although the trend has become more popular in the last few years, the use of this term in English can be traced back to 1991.  The term was coined by Sheila Kitzinger, a childbirth author, who was referring to the period that first-time parents spend alone with their child just after birth.  With time, this concept has morphed into a holiday just before the birth, and are as expected as honeymoons, hen parties, and weddings.

Various celebrities have brought attention to babymoon trips.  Case in point is Jessica Simpson who celebrated her first pregnancy with a staycation at Parker Palm Springs in 2011.  In 2013, Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West took a trip to Paris shortly after announcing that they were pregnant.  In 2015, Prince William and Kate Middleton took their family babymoon to the West Indies where they spent time on Mustique, an island in the Caribbean much favoured by Kate’s parents, and where Princess Margaret famously spent a lot of her time.



Why should you plan for a babymoon? 

A babymoon is all about you celebrating the upcoming changes in your life.  It also gives you time to relax and prepare your mind for the child’s arrival and enjoy some intimacy with your partner.  Here are a few reasons why you should consider planning for a babymoon:

• It creates some Mummy and Daddy time - in most cases, pregnancy pushes the dad-to-be out of the equation as the expectant mother goes through all the changes and symptoms.  The father has anxieties, changes, and worries that need to be addressed too.  Taking a babymoon is an ideal way of reminding each of you that you are going through this together. 

• It is a perfect time to bond - as first-time parents, feeling anxious about the new phase of life is expected.  A babymoon will be enjoyable and centred on the two of you thus giving you time to revive your bond.  This is the perfect time to take leisurely walks while holding hands as you enjoy beautiful sceneries.  It will give you a chance to remind yourselves why you are an exceptional couple and going to be great parents.

• It gives you a chance to de-stress - pregnancy is not an easy time.  Taking a week or two off to enjoy, relax, slow down, and focus on the simple things that matter and on each other might be just what you need. 





Babymoon planning tips and tricks 


A babymoon is supposed to be a relaxing retreat that leaves you refreshed rather than ragged, but planning for one requires more than picking out a destination, packing up, and going.  Here’s how you can plan for a perfect babymoon:-



Know when to go 

No expectant mother wants to travel when they can hardly fit into the car or when they can barely keep their breakfast down.  While there’s no right or wrong answer as to when you should travel, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend travelling during the second trimester.  That is between 18 to 24 weeks of pregnancy. 

During this time, your energy is mostly restored, and the pregnancy symptoms have subsided. However, should you miss out on this window you could travel in the early stages of the third trimester.  Remember to consult your doctor whichever time you decide to travel.



Choose the type of trip you want and pick a destination 

While you may decide to cross a major trip off your bucket list, you could also go closer home. It all depends on your doctor’s recommendations, your energy levels, and resources.  Whichever your choice, make sure you settle on a locale that’s mutually satisfying. 

When it comes to driving or flying, you will want to consider how far along you are and your budget. Virtually any airline will need a letter from your doctor if you are more than 28 weeks pregnant. While driving could be budget-friendly, remember that long drives could have the same effect as flights.



Check out what’s on the menu 

Before booking your preferred hotel, have a look at their menu to ensure that it has foods that you can bear.  Larger resorts or full-service restaurants would be better as they often offer buffet services. 

Pregnancy brings along peculiar pangs of hunger so it would be best to book a hotel that provides 24-hour room service. 




Opt for low-stress travel arrangements 

When pregnant, you want to avoid travelling across the world or taking part in extreme adventures. Sitting for too long while pregnant could result in blood clots.  It would, therefore, be wise to break up travel times so that you make time to move around on your feet.  You might also want to put off cruising unless you can take your doctor with you!

Before planning your trip, check out the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) for travel advisories for such things as Zika outbreaks, especially if you are travelling abroad.  The Zika virus could cause severe congenital disabilities on the baby should the mother become infected, so it would be wise to avoid those areas altogether.



Ensure your destination is in close proximity to medical help 

No matter what destination you choose, contact the nearby hotels and choose one that’s close to a quality medical facility.  Write down the contact info for nearby facilities and keep this with you throughout your holiday.  It would also be wise to have your midwife or consultant’s contact details and your insurance information at all times.



Have your doctor check on your itinerary 

Travelling while pregnant presents quite a few hurdles.  As your safety and that of the baby is paramount, be sure to keep your midwife/consultant in the loop before booking your trip to the tropics of Africa.  In addition to offering you advice and answering the pertinent questions you might have, your midwife/consultant will provide you with prenatal records.  Should anything happen during your trip, you will have accurate and up-to-date medical records.



Make time for some downtime 

Pick out a destination that offers not only pregnancy-friendly activities but also some serenity.  Some obvious choices would be a beachside resort where you can stroll or an eco-camp where you can go for nature walks.  A big city will also serve the purpose if you intend to steal some time for your favourite show and take time to enjoy the local park.

If you have the time to take a Babymoon, then take it.  Life will NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!  Joking, it’ll be better, just different.  In summary, though, make sure you make time for your partner.  It’s a scary prospect being new parents, and often stressful.  So make time for them, and enjoy being able to take a leisurly walk or read a book in peace!  Or, in fact, anything in peace...But it's all, without a shadow of a doubt, worth it!




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