What Is A Babymoon And Should I Book One?
Essentially a babymoon is a relaxing holiday for parents-to-be. Think of it as a last hurrah before the baby arrives. The idea is that it will be a chance to connect with each other before life as you know it changes entirely. It is not “goodbye” but rather marking the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. It is a nice way to toast your relationship and prepare for the biggest adventure of your lives together.
A babymoon can be as simple or as extravagant as you like. A night in the hotel down the road with a fancy buffet breakfast and a morning at the pool could be just the ticket. You might even get a Groupon deal that includes a second night with a meal. If you want to travel abroad for your babymoon it is recommended that you do it in your second trimester when it is considered safe to fly. Booking it after the twelve-week scan is a good idea too. At this point, your pregnancy will no longer be a secret and your sickness should soon begin to taper off.
If you and your partner are very active people then a more energetic babymoon might be right up your street. Clearing it with your GP before you book it is a smart idea as they will be able to advise if the particular trip and activity is suitable for you during your pregnancy.
The majority of people look for a babymoon experience that is relaxing. They want to read books and put their feet up. They may have been deprived of nice food for several months due to their pregnancy sickness and for this reason, the main motivation is likely to be a lot of nice food handed to them on a plate.
In a couple of months, life is going to be very different. It is going to bring a host of new experiences and reasons to be happy but there are certain experiences which may feel out of your reach for some time. This is why many couples like to spend their babymoon at a resort or hotel that is not particularly child-friendly. They want to experience something extravagant. In fact, many high-end resorts will have specific packages aimed at couples who want to have a babymoon.
When planning your babymoon it is important to consider your healthcare. If you travel afar will you have access to medical services should you require them during your trip? Peace of mind is something that money cannot buy and this is something that a local babymoon may offer you. This will be particularly true if you have older children and this is not your first pregnancy. Having your children in close proximity may allow you to relax on a deeper level.
A babymoon should absolutely be on your own terms. A couple of nights away may not be realistic for you. Planning a series of nice meals and trips to the cinema could be a great way to reconnect before the new arrival.
Another benefit of a babymoon is the opportunity to really talk to each other about the big life change that is about to occur. In the midst of all of the preparations and planning, you may not have had a huge amount of time (or interest) in talking about the emotional side of things. You both may have fears and anxieties about all that is to come. Having a babymoon might just give you a forum for a conversation that could really reassure you both.
A babymoon is by no means a necessity but it’s unlikely that you will regret it.
Written by Tracey Quinn staff writer at FFHQ who also blogs at www.loveofliving.ie.