As your belly grows, you’re probably thinking about what life will be like after baby is born. And you’re probably well aware of the inevitable lack of sleep, countless diaper changes, and a temporary damper on your adult social time.
Knowing that this exhausting time lies ahead, many parents-to-be have taken the opportunity to go on one last vacation before baby arrives — a “babymoon.”
Best time to travel
For most moms, the second trimester is the optimal time to go on their babymoon. Morning sickness has usually subsided, you may have more energy, and the belly hasn’t gotten too large to hinder comfort in a car or on a plane. Going during the third trimester is sometimes okay as well, but it depends on your pregnancy and health status.
If you plan to go on a babymoon, whether across the state or across the globe, talk with your obstetrician. You’ll need your physician’s approval to travel, and some airlines require a physician’s note before you can board the plane. You should also research the nearest hospital at your destination so you can quickly seek medical help in an emergency. If you’ve got a complication or high-risk pregnancy, your physician may ask you to stay closer to home. Follow their advice: it’s in the best interest of you and your baby.
Keeping it safe
Whether you decide to explore the sandy beaches of California or the picturesque views of Ireland, you should take some safety precautions while you’re expecting. Follow these tips for a safe and enjoyable last hurrah of adult time:
- Plan ahead: Ideally, you should start planning your babymoon several weeks in advance. This gives you time to get any necessary vaccines or medical care planned before your trip. (See the following tip.)
- Get your vaccines: If you need the Tdap or flu vaccines (which you should get during every pregnancy), do it before you go. If you’re traveling out of the country, talk with your physician about any additional vaccines you may need, and how far in advance you need them.
- Be sun smart: You’ll likely be spending a lot of time outdoors, so pack plenty of sunscreen. Sun exposure damages your skin anytime, but when you’re pregnant, you also run the risk of getting pregnancy melasma, a darkening of the skin on the face. And nursing a sunburn during pregnancy is no one’s idea of a good time.
- Keep cool: Avoid overheating by seeking shade and resting when necessary, and keep a bottle of water with you at all times. Staying hydrated is important for you and your baby.
- Food and water precautions: When you’re pregnant, you may be more susceptible to foodborne illness because your immune system isn’t as strong as usual. Never eat raw or undercooked meat, and always wash fruits and veggies thoroughly, wherever you are. If you’re in a country with questionable water quality, stick to bottled water and don’t use ice in your drinks.
Most couples can safely enjoy a fun and relaxing babymoon with just a few extra precautions and some planning. When you return, you’ll be refreshed and ready to take on your newest role in your life as a mom.
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