You may be asking yourself, what is a “babymoon” and how do I get one? A babymoon is a vacation for the expectant parents to take alone together before baby comes. It’s meant to give them some time to sit back and relax and enjoy some peace and quite, before peace and quite is a thing of the past! I jumped at the chance when I first discovered this exciting opportunity to peel my husband away from work and put all of our priorities on hold, to decompress and relax in a nice weekend getaway. We took our babymoon this past weekend, to Savannah Georgia from Richmond VA. And while I’m no expert on this topic, I do feel I have some insight to share on the babymoon experience.
First things first, select a date and stick to it. We chose this past weekend because it was President’s day and we had a three day weekend. However as the time approached we both got anxious about all the balls we were juggling and if we needed to reschedule it for a future weekend. We ended up letting all the balls stay in the air and making it work for us. But it was something we tossed around back and forth until I booked the non-refundable hotel fee and there was no turning back. Besides the convenience of a three-day weekend, there are some other factors that need to be considered about when is the best time to travel. For instance, I didn’t realize that in my 28th week of pregnancy edging on the third trimester, I would be back to that exhausted state of my pregnancy (aka Zombie status), where I would need at least two naps a day, and even if I am resting, I may not actually be able to fall asleep. It was especially exhausting because I get so giddy and anxious about traveling that I cannot sleep even without the pregnancy sleep issues! Besides the lack of sleep, I’m also carrying a lot more weight, than I was even a couple weeks ago. This led to lots of sore body parts and many stops on the beautiful park benches in Savannah (which is not necessarily a bad thing!). According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the safest time for a pregnant woman to travel is between 18-24 weeks. If I could do it over again, I would definitely encourage staying within those time frames.
Savannah, Georgia; caped with canopied trees and beauty
Second learning experience, keep your ambitions to a minimum. I was so eager to visit all of the places I had researched that I wanted to knock out as many as I could and walked many miles, overextending myself on the first day of our trip. I didn’t listen to my body, and didn’t drink enough water or take enough breaks. When we finally arrived back to our hotel, I crawled in bed feeling crippled and sore, and to my demise that lasted the rest of the trip! The second day of the trip, we chose to use the trolley tour guides and let them provide the entertainment and travel for us. I wish we had done this the first day, as they would have familiarized us with the area, and kept my tired feet from being even more tired than they needed to be. Pace it out, listen to your body and try to relax (after all isn’t that the point?).
Third, travel somewhere close. It might not be as exciting or exotic, but it will make all the difference! We took a 7 hour road trip for our trip, and I think that was a bit much. It actually was about an 8-9 hour trip with all the extra bathroom breaks that were needed! And sitting for more than 2 hours at a time can lead to leg cramps and reduced circulation. I’d say a 3-5 hour trip would be much more realistic and comfortable for the expectant Momma’s.
Me and the Mr. on our Babymoon
My final suggestion, spend some quality time with your spouse. This was the most beneficial part of the trip, and when I look back 20 years from now, I hope it’s what I remember most about the babymoon. I lucked into not booking a room with wifi and had terrible cell service, so instead of focusing on what we were missing at home, we focused on each other. We read baby books, and rented a movie. We had some good conversation in the car and talked about our present and our future. It was just the dose of medicine I needed to tackle the third trimester, and I’m so glad we were able to fit it in.
Do you have any advice for a babymoon? I’d love to hear about your trip or your words of wisdom!
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