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Planning for a Babymoon

The “babymoon” trend is very popular, and it’s easy to see why. Once your tiny bundle of joy arrives, there will be fewer opportunities to take a trip, after all!

Planning a vacation while pregnant may sound like a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be! With the proper timing, destination, activities, and packing essentials, you can seamlessly plan a babymoon for the books! Explore tips and tricks for planning your pre-motherhood getaway.

What Is a Babymoon?

Like a honeymoon, a babymoon is a celebratory vacation taken by a couple. Rather than spending quality time alone with your spouse after the wedding, however, you’re enjoying a relaxing getaway before your new little addition arrives.

From setting up the nursery and shopping for newborn essentials to physically and emotionally preparing for labor, the homestretch of your pregnancy is nothing short of a roller coaster. Going on a babymoon allows you to enjoy one last hurrah before you take on parenthood.

Many parents-to-be take a babymoon before their first child is born for one last getaway as a couple. However, there’s no hard-and-fast rule that only first-time pregnant women or only those who have a significant other can go on a babymoon.

You can plan one for each baby, or take one on your own if desired. It can be a quick weekend retreat or a week-long — or longer! — vacation. You can even make it a day trip if you aren’t able to get away overnight.

If you don’t feel like traveling far or you’re budgeting for the new baby, you can always plan a relaxing staycation. The idea is to enjoy some peaceful time alone or with your partner, regardless of where you are.

When to Go on a Babymoon

There aren’t clear-cut rules defining when to embark on a babymoon. You can plan your vacation whenever you want, even during your third trimester. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll want to enjoy your trip without feeling exhausted and uncomfortable.

That being said, it’s probably best to forgo the third-trimester babymoon. Air travel isn’t advised beyond 36 weeks of pregnancy, and long car rides can be a headache — even more so in your final months of pregnancy. Additionally, there’s always the chance of an early delivery.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends traveling during your second trimester, between 14 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. During the second trimester, any morning sickness that emerged during your first trimester has — hopefully — receded. Plus, your baby bump likely hasn’t grown to the point of interfering with your activities just yet.

Try to plan a babymoon when you feel your best. That way, you can look back fondly at a fun, memorable experience. Many women feel their best during the second trimester, but it depends on what works for you and your pregnancy.

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What to Bring on Your Babymoon

Once the baby arrives, it’ll be diapers, wipes, changing pads, and burp cloths galore on your must-pack list. But until then, it’s vacation essentials for your babymoon getaway! Here are some items to bring on your babymoon, some of which may vary depending on your destination.

1. Sunscreen and Lotion

You’re more sensitive to sunlight during pregnancy, so a durable sunscreen is non-negotiable. Additionally, a stretching belly can cause itchy skin, so bring a quality lotion to keep it moisturized.

2. Compression Stockings

Whether you’re flying or sitting in a car for an extended period, compression stockings will be your best friend. They support healthy circulation, and the last thing you want is a blood clot, especially while pregnant. Besides being comfy and easy to wear for long durations, they’re extra handy when you’re up in the sky, where clotting risk may be higher.

3. Comfy Clothing and Shoes

Whether you’ll be basking in the sunshine or curling up by the fireplace in a cozy cabin, comfortable pregnancy attire is a must. Your body temperature can fluctuate significantly during pregnancy, so think layers when packing clothing. Dressing in layers allows you to cool down and warm up as needed.

If you’re planning a particularly lengthy babymoon — like two or more weeks — try to pack clothes that will continue to fit your expanding bump. Otherwise, you can do some maternity outfit shopping during your vacation!

Consider bringing shoes like sandals or flip-flops. They’re seamless to slip on and remove, and they’re easier on swollen feet and ankles.

4. Bump-Friendly Swimwear

Just like shopping for maternity clothing, you’ll want swimwear that accommodates your growing bump. Plenty of stores have one- and two-piece swimsuits for pregnant women. It just takes a little browsing to find something that makes you feel good and comfortable. Look at some of the best maternity swimsuits for inspiration!

5. Water Bottle and Snacks

Hunger calls often when you’re pregnant. You are eating for two, after all! Pack a bag of your frequently craved snacks to munch on during your trip — especially if you’re traveling overseas to a destination where you might not be able to find them. Light snacks like protein bars, pretzels, crackers, string cheese, and trail mix are mess-free and easy to slip into a bag.

You may also want to bring a list of foods to avoid while pregnant, so you don’t accidentally consume them on your getaway. Likewise, hydration is essential, so be sure to pack a large, reusable water bottle or thermos.

6. Pillow

If you’re conquering a long car ride, bring a small, comfy pillow for your back — or a body pillow, if you have the space for it. A pillow can provide additional support and minimize cramping during your travels.

7. Medications

You want to feel strong, relaxed, and energized during your trip, which may require bringing the right medications to combat soreness or nausea. Do a quick swipe through your medicine cabinets — or the pharmaceutical aisle at the store — for travel sickness medication, prenatal vitamins, heartburn or hemorrhoid medication, and anything else you might need.

Even if you aren’t prone to travel sickness, bodies change with pregnancy, so you never know if and when it could strike during your travels. It’s best to bring travel sickness medication with you or take it before hitting the road, just in case.

8. Hand Sanitizer

Nothing throws a wrench in your vacation plans like getting sick, so it’s important to keep the germs away while on your babymoon. Bacteria can sit on many surfaces, from handrails to doorknobs, so remember to bring a small container of hand sanitizer with you.

9. Spray Mister

Overheating is never a hoot, but it’s even less ideal when you’re pregnant. Consider slipping a spray mister or portable fan — or both — into your bag to keep you cool. Misters are not really a necessity if you’re traveling somewhere cool, but if you’ll be lounging poolside or lying on the beach, you’ll want one of these.

10. Camera

Despite the sore ankles and morning sickness, your pregnancy will be a special time to look back on. Bring a camera to snap lots of photos, capturing your growing tum and pregnancy glow! If you’re one for journaling, consider bringing a notebook to record your thoughts and memories during your trip as you anticipate your baby’s birth.

11. Travel Insurance

Specialized travel insurance for pregnancy is certainly something to consider. You might be traveling somewhere where health care doesn’t cover you, for instance, and the baby could come prematurely. While it is unlikely since only roughly 3% of births occur before 34 weeks of pregnancy, it’s still best to prepare for any eventuality.

When planning your trip, ensure you have everything in order in case a medical event occurs or something goes missing. Remember to read the fine print before purchasing a policy, as not all policies cover pregnancy-related occurrences.

12. Four-Wheeled Suitcase

Lugging around a duffel bag can be incredibly uncomfortable, especially if you’re traveling solo. Even a two-wheeled suitcase can be strenuous to move while pregnant, as it only rolls one way. Make sure you pack your belongings in a suitcase with four wheels. That way, you can push, pull, and transport it with ease.

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Activities to Do on Your Babymoon

The beauty of the babymoon is that it can be anything you like. Whether escaping to a beachside resort or having a quiet evening at home, the possibilities are endless when planning your special retreat. Some possible babymoon activities might include:

  • Having a picnic in the park.
  • Getting a couple’s massage.
  • Renting a cabin at a lake.
  • Exploring a state park and hiking an easy trail.
  • Going to a pool or beach.
  • Having dinner at a nice restaurant.
  • Going on a shopping spree.
  • Visiting a gallery or museum.
  • Catching a movie or live performance.

Babymoon Staycation Ideas

If you’re unable to get away, there’s no shortage of opportunities for an unforgettable staycation. Be a tourist in your own city and book a nearby hotel room. Plus, staying close means you can skip car rental fees, airfare, additional gas costs, and other travel expenses.

A staycation is both fun and a major money saver. You can prepare financially for your new family member while still enjoying some therapeutic quality time with your partner or on your own.

Staying at home is also more economical. You can turn your home from a place where you do the usual cooking, cleaning, chores, and other responsibilities into the ultimate haven. Here are some ideas to transform your space into a luxury resort:

  • Have takeout delivered from your favorite restaurants to mimic room service.
  • Lounge around in a fluffy robe and slippers.
  • Put on your favorite movies.
  • Draw a warm bubble bath with scented candles and soothing music — remember to keep the water below 100 degrees Fahrenheit!

With a positive attitude and a little imagination, you can make your everyday home feel like an upscale hotel. Don’t forget to toss some chocolates on your pillows for good measure.

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Travel to These Calming Babymoon Locations

Traveling is a great way to take your mind away from any pregnancy-related stress you may be experiencing. Here are some beautiful, relaxing destinations to consider for your babymoon:

  • Scottsdale, Arizona: Old Town Scottsdale is a prime spot to enjoy some fine dining, shopping, spa treatments, art, and culture. Home to stately 1920s architecture, nature sights, and art museums, this city caters to many interests.
  • Boston, Massachusetts: If you’re craving a breath of fresh New England air, there are plenty of things in Boston to keep you busy on your babymoon. Wander through Quincy Market to shop, watch street performers, and enjoy cuisine from around the world. Fuel your inner history buff with a visit to the Paul Revere House or the Museum of Fine Arts.
  • San Diego, California: San Diego has all the makings of a memorable babymoon. Whether playing golf, hitting the beach, browsing an art gallery, or strolling through a serene garden, it’s the perfect place to unwind and bask in the sunshine. There are also tons of family-friendly attractions — like the beloved San Diego Zoo and LEGOLAND California — so it may be worth returning to once your baby gets a little older!
  • Rosemary Beach, Florida: With dreamy white sand beaches, timeless cobblestone streets, and breezy al fresco dining, Rosemary Beach offers an undeniably romantic getaway. Dine your heart out at a rooftop restaurant or meander through the bustling town square.
  • Charleston, South Carolina: Indulge in lush gardens, charming cobblestone streets, majestic antebellum houses, and year-round sunshine when you visit Charleston for your babymoon. Melt your stresses away with a quiet walk through the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, or grab a bite and some souvenirs at Charleston City Market. This vibrant city is the true epitome of southern hospitality!
  • Boulder, Colorado: If low humidity, mild climates, and deep blue skies are calling your name, Boulder makes for a pleasant babymoon escape. Nestled at the foot of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, this spirited town is bursting with cozy cafés, art galleries, and hiking trails. Get your retail therapy fix at Pearl Street Mall or connect with the great outdoors at Chautauqua Park.

If you’re considering an international trip, ask your doctor whether it’s safe to travel to certain locations and how to prepare for long flights. Depending on your health, how far along you are, and whether you have a high-risk pregnancy, they may suggest staying closer to home.

It’s perfectly fine for most expectant mothers to visit another country. However, you should avoid destinations with high malaria and Zika risk.

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There’s no right or wrong way to babymoon — it’s about finding what works best for you. With your baby’s due date quickly approaching, cord blood banking is another important decision to start thinking about. If you’re considering the safe, pain-free procedure of extracting and banking stem cells from umbilical cord blood and placental tissue, turn to our team at Americord®.

We’re passionate about helping families live longer and healthier lives. That’s why we collect, process, and store these stem cells, which your loved ones may be able to use for future medical or therapeutic purposes. Hematopoietic stem cells have benefited a range of FDA-approved treatments, including cancers and other disorders.

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