A babymoon is a short trip or vacation taken by a couple shortly before the birth of a child. A babymoon is a great opportunity for any new parents or those who've already had children to reconnect with their partners before the baby arrives.
In this article, you will read about -
What is a baby moon?
It is not mandatory that you go on a baby moon, some couples plan a babymoon before the birth of their first child, to have one last vacation as a couple before the arrival of the baby. You can plan a week’s vacation or go shorter with a weekend getaway. Or if you don’t feel like traveling far, plan a staycation at home.
The idea is to spend quality time with your partner and relax, because it may take some time to travel again after the baby. And you may not find enough time to spend with each other once the baby is here, and traveling with a newborn may not be as relaxing as you want it to be, with sleep deprivation and trying to settle in with the baby.
Many pregnant couples prefer to travel during the second trimester. And it makes sense because the first trimester goes into settling down nausea and vomiting(if you have), and also it is riskier to travel during the initial days of the first trimester because of the risk of miscarriage.
It becomes difficult to travel when you have nausea, and in the last trimester usually becomes harder to sit, stand, and sleep because of the growing baby, and there is a chance of either preterm or full-term labor. So, the ideal time becomes the second trimester.
Here are some pointers to consider if you plan for your baby moon. And I would suggest if you are not planning any travel, plan your weekends to spend quality time with each other so that it is easier to understand each other during the postpartum period.
Your guide to planning your babymoon
Plan your travel
Plan your budget.
Plan a small trip. A one-day trip. Remember you might have to use the bathroom more often than before, plan your time accordingly.
Select a place that has a good network coverage, the road you take should not be deserted.
Get clearance from your OBGYN. Yes, unless your doctor gives a-okay to travel, do not risk yourself and the baby.
Check out medical facilities available at your travel destination.
A first aid kit.
Plan for any emergency situation.
A hospital bag just in case.
Panty liners if needed. In case you leak urine.
Check the weather, too much humidity will make you uncomfortable. If it is raining, then commuting may be a trouble.
If you are traveling by air, book a nonstop flight and consider destinations with short flight times. Pregnancy can be uncomfortable and exhausting, especially in the later months, so the less time you spend in the air, the better.
Comfortable shoes or slippers.
Seat cushions to support you.
You can carry stand and pee kits.
Include more couples if you want, it can be helpful in case of emergency.
Carry extra snacks with you. Water bottles.
Let your friends and family know where you are going.
Carry power banks and car chargers.
Carry a portable light/torch. solar lights are available in the market, it can be helpful in case you do not have access to electricity.
Garbage bags, in case you feel nausea, vomit.
Sanitizers, hand wash, wipes, toilet seat papers, masks (reusable & disposable), hand towels, and tissue papers.
Should every new parent plan for a baby moon?
No, not at all! It is totally up to you. The idea is to spend quality time with each other, where you spend, it does not matter, how you spend the time is what matters. And not all pregnant mothers are in a position to travel, some may be advised to bed rest, in such a scenario, make the most of your time at home, and both you and your partner can plan the day.
Ideas to spend quality time at home -
The ideas are plenty! Here is a quick list to get you started. You can always improvise.
You can plan to watch movies together. You can enjoy watching a movie in the comfort of your home!
Plan for dinner dates at home. Either plan together or plan a surprise for each other.
Cook meals together. If you are not able to do it on weekdays, then plan it on weekends.
You can play board games!
Invite your friends and family if needed, and plan a get-together at home.
Plan for walks together.
You should totally avoid travel when -
You have a high-risk pregnancy.
Your morning sickness is still with you in your second trimester.
If your doctor says no to travel, then drop the travel plan. It is better to not take the risk.
Let us know in the comments below if you would like to know places to visit in India 👇🏽
Download your checklist here -
10 baby moon tips
What is a babymoon and how do you plan one?
How to plan a babymoon?