Pregnancy is an exciting, yet exhausting time in our lives. If it's your first baby, you're probably working, getting yourself and your house ready for the birth, running to doctor appointments, and falling asleep on the couch at 7 p.m. every night.
Doesn't a trip for you and your hubby sound like the perfect way to escape the madness? A babymoon may be just what the doctor ordered. It's a perfect time to relax, reconnect with your partner and celebrate your pregnancy before baby arrives.
Babymoon packages can be found at various resorts in the U.S. and abroad. Surprisingly, on occasion, airlines will offer a babymoon package as well. These packages include all kinds of perks and pampering -- couples or prenatal massages, photography sessions, romantic dinners, facials, yummy treats to satisfy all your cravings, breathing classes and specialty mocktails.
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, "The best time to travel is probably the middle of your pregnancy—between weeks 14 and 28. Most common pregnancy emergencies usually happen in the first and third trimesters. After 28 weeks, it may be harder for you to move around or sit for a long time." Not only is this the safest time to travel, but you will also have the most energy and typically you will feel your best.
If you choose to fly, you should definitely avoid this during your third trimester. We suggest you contact the airline you will be flying with. They may have restrictions for pregnant women at this stage of their pregnancy.
Whether driving or flying, make sure your travel time is not too long. It's hard enough to get comfortable at home with a baby growing inside you.
Plan a locale that is a good fit for you. Try and avoid anything that will be harmful to baby or just too much for you -- areas with Zika, all-day walking tours, party boats with unlimited drinks -- you get the idea.
Other tips to remember:
- make sure there are medical services available at your destination
- on your flight, choose an aisle seat
- always use a seat belt but be sure to fasten it low on your hips/upper thighs and not around your belly
- stay hydrated - drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine on travel days
- dress comfortably
- if you have any special medial concerns or take medications, make sure to bring along a list and details
Milk Nursingwear hopes you enjoy your getaway!