Planning the Babymoon
Planning the Babymoon
Few things are ever quite so life changing as having a baby. I mean, not to scare you, but… everything in your world gets turned upside down when you become a parent. Not just your sleep routine or your sex life, either, but also your focus; your ability to freely do just about anything that doesn’t involve your child.
Having kids changes everything.
Which is exactly why the months spent before your first child is born should be spent soaking up all that is about to change. They should be months spent doing and seeing everything you might have a harder time doing and seeing once your baby is born. And sleeping. Those months should be spent sleeping. Preferably as much as humanly possible.
Which is exactly why a Babymoon is so important. Because like a honeymoon, this momentous life change deserves celebrating. But unlike a honeymoon, you also have a lot you should be seeing and doing before that change hits—not to mention sleeping.
With recent outbreaks of the Zika virus, and other illness concerns for pregnant women, unfortunately—you may want to think long and hard about taking that Babymoon anywhere too exotic. But a beach in Hawaii? Or a flat in Paris? Both totally doable and totally Babymoon worthy.
Obviously, you do need to travel before you are too far along for that travel to be safe. Most healthcare practitioners will say that as long as your pregnancy is healthy, you can travel safely through your second trimester. And many doctors will even give the go-ahead for travel beyond then, though you should absolutely consult with your doctor before making any plans. But the other thing to keep in mind is comfort. The further along in your pregnancy you are, the more likely you are to be feeling the discomfort of your growing belly. Which could make travel a bit less enjoyable than it otherwise might be, and is another reason to perhaps stick within that second trimester range.
After all, the point of a Babymoon is to enjoy yourself while traveling with just you and your spouse before the baby arrives. And being comfortable is kind of key to enjoyment.
Talk to your partner about some of the things you would like to do on that last trip together. If you’re main goals are sun, sand and romance, there are plenty of beach locales to choose from. And if you have something a bit more adventurous in mind, there are plenty of options there as well—though, keep in mind, there may be some activities you are prohibited from doing while pregnant.
One more piece of advice? If you haven’t done your maternity pictures yet, consider doing them while on your Babymoon! Especially if you are going somewhere truly stunning. You can hire a photographer just about anywhere you go—simply request samples and referrals if you’re having a hard time deciding on who to go with.
And of course, for anyone Babymooning in San Diego and looking for maternity pictures; I have plenty of shoot locations I can recommend!
Soon enough, your entire life is going to change. And it will probably be quite a while before you feel comfortable going anywhere without your little one again. So don’t take the importance of a Babymoon for granted. You and your partner deserve one last adventure as a pair, and you deserve a little relaxation and vacation sleep before your nights are interrupted by a hungry newborn.
The day will come when you travel again, of course. But this may be your last trip for a long time that is just the two of you. Which makes it perhaps just as important as a honeymoon.
And certainly just as much fun.