Whether you just found out you are pregnant or you are due next week, looking for quality babymoon ideas should be at the top of your list of things to get done before the baby comes.
A babymoon does not have to be extravagant or expensive (although it certainly can be). All it has to be is relaxing and fun. Why? Because once this baby is born, “relaxing” and “fun” will begin to have all new meanings for you and your partner. You might not be able to take much time for the two of you for a while.
If you are going to take any parenting advice at all while you're expecting a baby, it should be to enjoy the quality time that you and your partner have together while you still can.
How can you do that? A babymoon. If you're stumped on what to do, I've got some great babymoon ideas for you to consider.
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Relaxing Babymoon Ideas
Now, remember, babymoons are not reserved for the first-time parents. Every new parent, whether they are going about this for the first time or they have done this a time or two, deserves a relaxing babymoon.
If you have little ones at home, then you already understand how important it is to take some time with your partner to re-connect and relax before your world changes forever…again.
No matter what type of parent you are or how many times you've done this before, a babymoon is probably exactly what you need right now. Every pregnant mama and her partner are likely craving some time together to forget the stress of everyday life, fill one another's love meters and get back to you.
Ideas for where to go on your babymoon
Where is the best place to go on a babymoon? What style babymoon is for you? What will your pre-baby vacation look like? Well, let's find out with these babymoon ideas.
Beach Babymoon ideas
A beach babymoon might be intimidating at first, but it is actually a wonderful babymoon idea! The babymoon that I went on when I was pregnant with my second son, was in Maui. It was an incredible beach babymoon that I was scared to take with my first pregnancy.
One reason why beach babymoons are great is because you can get away with wearing as little layers as possible. Being pregnant means that finding layers to wear over your bump can be difficult. Luckily, when lounging on the sand by the water, the only layers that you might need is an adorable maternity bathing suit plus a nice bathing suit cover-up if you feel like you need the extra coverage.
Not to mention, flaunting your baby bump on the sand is one of the only times in your life that you'll be proud to have the roundest tummy on the beach.
Snow babymoon ideas
When I was pregnant with my first, I really wanted to go somewhere cold and snowy because I knew that I was about to be pregnant through a long summer. I was due in mid-September and knew that I was about to be a hot, sweaty mess for the next few months.
I opted for a Cruise to Alaska when I was about 26 weeks pregnant. It was beautiful!
I loved having a snow babymoon because it was a relief to have cold weather in the middle of a summer pregnancy. Not to mention, Alaska is absolutely stunning and allow for some really incredible photo-ops.
big city babymoon ideas
The hustle and bustle of big cities is exciting and allow for all-day shopping, exploring, and people watching that we all know we love.
In the couple of days before my Alaskan Cruise Babymoon, my husband and I stayed for two days in Seattle. It was a great mini babymoon before the real-deal. We got to walk the city, explore farmers markets, sit in relaxing coffee shops, and eat delicious food. That is what a relaxing babymoon is all about!
I've got to say, big cities are always fun to explore child-less. So if this is your first pregnancy or you were fortunate enough to leave your older kids at home with Grandma, going on a big city babymoon can be a great idea for your pre-baby vacation.
Stay-cation babymoon ideas
There is nothing wrong with baby-mooning at home! If you just can't get away because of work or a high-risk pregnancy status, start planning a relaxing babymoon at home.
I have some important babymoon ideas for your stay-in vacation:
- Set the date and stick with it. Are you taking a 3 day staycation? A whole week? Whatever you plan to do, really do it! Just because you are at home, doesn't mean you should cut your staycation short or interrupt it with exceptions mid-week. You deserve a solid period of time to just relax and unwind with your partner.
- Schedule your activities. Maybe one day you're literally going to veg out on the couch and binge watch your favorite Netflix show. That's perfectly appropriate if that is what you and your spouse want to do in order to kick off your relaxation! Whatever it is that you have planned, whether it is a fancy dinner at your favorite local restaurant or a picnic at the park, just plan ahead so you know what you get to look forward to on your at-home babymoon.
- Plan ahead by buying groceries or picking out restaurants you want to hit. That way, you won't be standing at the fridge like “what do we have to eat” while you're supposed to be relaxing. And for goodness sake, no grocery shopping on your babymoon! Even if it is a staycation.
- Do something special. Even if your ideal babymoon is to stay home and relax, it might be nice to get out one day and do something special that you don't typically have a chance to do. Maybe one of your days home will be a spa day? If you aren't being pampered in some way or another on your babymoon, you're doing it wrong. What better way to pamper yourself than with a spa day?
A babymoon abroad
Many new parents-to-be opt for a babymoon overseas. You'll just have to think about this one a little bit harder than you would a stay-cation type of babymoon. No worries. Putting a little thought into your pre-baby vacation isn't a bad thing.
Make sure you talk to your provider about your plans to babymoon abroad. You may need a doctor's note stating that you are safe to travel during your pregnancy. Your provider will be able to talk with you about specific precautions that you should be taking depending on where you've chosen as your ultimate babymoon destination.
Keep in mind that you're going to have to be very aware of how far along you will be when you plan to travel abroad while pregnant. Most international airlines will require that you finish your traveling ventures by the time you are 35 weeks pregnant.
Cruise babymoon ideas
YES! I love cruising and that certainly doesn't change when I'm pregnant.
If the timing is right, you will absolutely love cruising with a baby bump. It's the ultimate relaxation. Just contact the cruise line that you're interested in and ask them if they have any limitations for pregnant women on board before you book.
Cruises are great for pregnant mamas for many reasons:
- All you can eat food
- Unlimited entertainment
- Limited planning that you have to do yourself
- Options when it comes to how much or how little you want do.
Be careful, though. A cruise might not be on the top of your list of babymoon ideas if you're prone to getting seasick. Being miserable/sick on vacation is never a good idea. But when you are unable to take anything for it because you're pregnant, it's even worse.
weekend Babymoon Ideas
Although this isn't quite an exact destination babymoon idea for you, the “place” is wherever “close to home” is for you.
If funds don't allow for an extended babymoon or you have older children to think about and can't get away for more than a couple days, a weekend babymoon is always an option.
Maybe you can book a room at a hotel nearby and treat you and your hubby to a weekend of relaxation without splurging too much on travel and other expenses. Any duration of relaxation is better than none at all!
A family babymoon
Although most babymoon ideas are directed at couples vacationing just the two of them before baby makes three, it is absolutely possible to babymoon with your older kids if that is the situation that you find yourself in.
Honestly, when we were planning our second babymoon, we thought we were going to be taking our 2.5 year old son with us. Part of me wanted to bring him along because it would be our last vacation just the three of us!
I ended up booking a vacation to Hawaii and had to think twice about a long flight and lot's of beach days with a 2 year old and ended up leaving him with my mom instead.
BUT, there would have been nothing wrong with him tagging along to a kid-friendly destination. Just because you can't get away from your kids for a few days, doesn't mean that you can't still treat yourself to a getaway before baby.
Cherish the time that you have as the family you are now before the addition of a new member. Make special memories and get some bonding in before your time has to be shared with a newborn.
The best time to go on a babymoon
Your favorite babymoon ideas might just depend on what trimester of pregnancy you are in. You're going to want to figure out when you can get away and in what trimester you have time to go.
If you're planning to travel in your first trimester, the destination might be very different from what you would choose in your third trimester.
I don't recommend baby mooning in your first trimester. Between the morning sickness and the constant fatigue, you're not going to have as much fun as you would when you are feeling more yourself.
Also, if you're on a babymoon, you will probably want to look back on the photos and videos and remember that this was your BABYMOON. Where is the bump? The first trimester probably doesn't give you a nice round baby bump that the other two trimesters will give you.
If there are benefits to going on a babymoon during your first trimester, it's that you will still fit in most of your own clothes and shoes, you won't be physically uncomfortable yet, and you can get around a whole lot easier in this trimester than the others.
In my opinion, and in the opinion of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the best time to take a babymoon is in the second trimester.
Places like big cities require a lot of walking and possibly a fair share public transportation such as taxis or subways. In these cases, you'll want to plan your getaway at a time when you're energy levels are at their highest and you are feeling you best – aka the second trimester.
In the second trimester, you will also be able to enjoy a prenatal massage. If you are seeking a relaxing spa day at a salon as part of your baby-mooning experience, most massage therapists will not offer treatments during your first trimester. So, second trimester it is!
Plus, come on, your bump is at it's most adorable in the second trimester. It's definitely there and you totally look pregnant, but it's not in the way of everything and it's probably not inhibiting your moments much yet either.
- Related Read: Your Second Trimester To Do List: What To Get Done Between 14 and 27 Weeks
- Related Read: What To Expect In the Second Trimester of Pregnancy
You can totally vacation in your third trimester. Should you? Well, that's up to you and your provider.
If you plan to take a babymoon in the third trimester of pregnancy, I would advise that you do it in your early-third. If you are going to be on long flights, sitting for a long time in the car, or navigating public transportation, the late-third trimester can be really uncomfortable for you.
There are a few reasons why traveling in your third trimester might not be recommended for you. A few of those reasons have to do with being high-risk in your third trimester. Sometimes, women go their entire first and second trimesters healthy as a horse and then the third trimester hits and they are diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, Gestational Hypertension, IUGR, or any number of other high risk diagnoses in pregnancy.
In those cases, you might be limited to where you can go or you just might not have as much freedom or fun as you would have sans diagnosis.
Talk to your doctor before traveling your third trimester. Your provider may limit you after a certain weeks gestation, even if you are low-risk. If you are having a high-risk pregnancy, your limitations will be earlier.
in the home stretch
Who says that you can't take a babymoon in the last weeks of pregnancy? I think you should!
Babymoon ideas for the last weeks of pregnancy are limited, of course, but they do exist!
This is an excellent time to take a “staycation” type babymoon to get in your last hurrah before baby.
My husband and I took a last minute babymoon to Palm Springs when we were in our home stretch of pregnancy. My husband and I wanted a short, “weekend” getaway that was just a drive away. We made literally ZERO plans for this vacation. We booked the hotel room and just went. The entire goal of this vacation was to sleep in, rest, relax, and re-connect with each other.
That's exactly what we did.
You can too! Find a place close enough to home that you can vacation while still having your hospital in drivable distance in case of labor or other pregnancy concerns that arise during your home-stretch babymoon. Oh, and pack your hospital bag and stick it in your trunk before you go!!
- Related Read: The Ultimate Guide To Packing Your Hospital Bag: The Hospital Bag Checklist for When You're Having A Baby
The best season to take a babymoon
In order to know what season is best for you to take your babymoon, you're going to need to know a few other things first.
- How many weeks pregnant will you be when you go on your babymoon?
- Where is your bucket list babymoon destination?
- What is your babymoon budget?
- What season is ideal for the combination of the previous three questions?
So what season will it be when you are between 22 and 27 weeks pregnant? This is my favorite time to babymoon and it just might be your favorite too. Once you figure out what season you will be in at your optimal babymooning gestation, you can move on to the next step.
What season is the prime time to go to your ideal babymoon destination? Alaska is great in the summer but San Francisco is beautiful in the fall. Deserts are usually beautiful in the spring while a winter vacation might be your jam if you're thinking about going to an island.
Remember that if your babymoon destination's peak season is when you plan to go, you're going to be shelling out some extra coin in order to go during their prime season. Do your research and see if you can get away with going at time that is still beautiful but not exactly peak season in order to save some money on your babymoon.
- Related Read: How To Rock Your Summer Pregnancy: Tips from a Mom Who Survived Two
What to do on your babymoon
If you are wondering what to do on your babymoon, I am here to tell you that you can do WHATEVER YOU WANT. You know why? Because your baby hasn't come yet and you still have complete control over your life. Congratulations! Do what makes you happy without a little boss dictating your every move!
If you still need some ideas on what to do on your babymoon, here are some good options:
Remember that walking, swimming, and mild hiking are good for you when you are pregnant. It's always important to stay in shape and keep your body moving during your pregnancy.
When you choose to exercise in pregnancy, of course you need to be aware of your body, and stay safe. Always listen to your body and avoid dirty water, long hikes away from main camps or roads, and too much direct sunlight.
As long as you play it safe, exercise is great for pregnancy in order to prevent stiffness, relieve fatigue, get that delicious oxygen to your baby, and even decrease your stress.
- Related Read: The Insider's Guide To Pregnancy Fitness Goals
Preparing to bring a new baby home can be overwhelming. It's important to take time to relax and recharged before that time comes. A babymoon is perfect for just that.
Whatever relaxation means to you this pregnancy, make sure you book while babymooning. Here are some ways that I enjoy relaxing while pregnant:
- Prenatal massage to soothe sore muscles
- Manicure & Pedicure. You might not be able to reach your own toes during the third trimester anyway. Why not have someone else massage your feet and paint your nails for you, right?
- Facials – Oh that pregnancy glow? It's totally natural! Or it's that I just got a facial and feel fabulous.
Get that sleep, girl.
When you are on your babymoon, don't set alarms and don't force yourself to do too much during the day if all you want to do is take a mid-afternoon nap.
If there is one thing that you are going to miss when you have your new baby, it's sleep!
If you've booked an all inclusive resort or cruise, the food is unending. What else could a pregnant woman really want?
But even if you haven't gone with an all inclusive spot, make sure you are enjoying your food. Enjoy going out to eat with your hubby, enjoy an easy dinner out, and enjoy eating whatever your heart desires.
Soon, you'll have a baby that wants you to hold him constantly and you'll be eating with one hand (or having someone feed you bites here and there because you just can't right now). As that baby grows, the amount of PB&Js, Mac & Cheese, and frozen chicken nuggets in your life might surprise you.
Turn on the romance
If you're like many couples with a new baby, the postpartum period is anything but steamy. You're going to probably have a newborn in your bed, next to your bed, or brightly displayed on a monitor screen on your nightstand for at least six months. Sex is going to get complicated.
I'm definitely not saying that sex is out the window after you have babies. Of course not. But it'll probably change dramatically for a while.
Heat things up between the sheets on your babymoon so that you and your partner can connect on this level while you still can.
All of the bump pics! More! More!
Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman's life. You only get to experience it a limited number of times and then it's gone. Take a picture. You're going to look back on these treasured memories with love no matter how many chins you think you have or how bad that angle was for your hips.
Girl, take the picture. You'll never regret it.
What to pack for your babymoon
It's important to make sure to pack appropriate clothing for your babymoon regardless of where you go, what you do, or what season you are in. If you plan to do a lot of walking, hiking, or adventure-type activities, then you need to remember to pack comfortable shoes, hats for shade, and lightweight/breathable clothing to do those things in.
The right size
If you are planning your vacation for your early third trimester and you are currently in your first trimester, you've got to think ahead about size. Many moms have to up their shoe size in the last months of pregnancy due to swelling or the normal foot-size-increase during pregnancy.
Whether or not you buy a whole wardrobe of maternity clothes or not, you're going to have to accept that you're belly will make your usual wardrobe a little snug and a lot uncomfortable. The last thing you want is to get to your babymoon destination and realize that you have nothing comfortable or flattering to wear.
You might be baby mooning at the beach, the snow, or the city but no matter what, there will probably be some out-door activities in the sun.
One of the many skin changes that your body will go through during pregnancy is that your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. You're going to want to pack items that will protect your skin from the sun no matter where you've chosen to vacation with your bump.
Pack some pregnancy-safe sunscreen and a couple hats to shade your face.
Your pregnancy journal
Don't forget to pack your pregnancy journal! You're going to want to continue to journal and document your pregnancy while on vacation. And those bump shots? Don't forget to take a bunch of bump pics during your babymoon to put into your pregnancy journal.
Are you the type that's going to go big on your babymoon? Or you a for-sure staycationer? It doesn't matter. Just get some rest, have some fun, and enjoy this time before baby comes and turns your world upside down and inside out…in a good way.
What other babymoon ideas do you have? Let me know in the comments!
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