Just like a honeymoon, a babymoon is all about escaping the day to day, offering a last chance romantic getaway before baby makes three or more. More realistically, for those with swollen ankles and a sore back, it’s a little quiet time for parents-to-be to enjoy together.
As you would when booking an adventure holiday in Kakadu or a cooking school in Tuscany, you need to find the right place for you and your babymoon, making sure it offers all those little extras you’ll be wanting.
What can a babymoon include?
The answer … basically anything! This is your time. If you want to sit by a tropical pool doing absolutely nothing, take in the sights of an undiscovered city, or breathe in some high country fresh air – you do you. It may be as exotic as a trip to Europe staying in the finest hotels, or as laid-back as staying at a friend’s bach for the weekend and taking strolls on the beach.
Spa treatments, such as massage, manicures and pedicures (when was the last time you could reach your toes?) are always a popular choice. Just make sure that they are suitable for pregnant women. The same goes for any activities that you have planned.
Comfort levels are a priority if your pregnancy is progressing. A king sized bed you may never want to leave is high on the ‘needs-to-have’ list!
Try to avoid a getaway solely focused on culinary delights unless you’re sure that there won’t be any food aversion issues. But do ensure that wherever you are staying can cater to your midnight cravings (or you have stashed away some goodies in your overnight bag!).
When to go
Babymoons are usually booked for the third trimester, just before the chaos begins! But babymoons can be taken at any time.
Due to the unexpected nature of pregnancy niggles, it’s wise to avoid taking off for a getaway as soon as you are pregnant. No one enjoys morning sickness. You will enjoy it even less when you’re away from your home comforts. Wait until your hormones start to settle a little before you book.
At the other end of the pregnancy journey, travelling or staying away from home when you are ready to pop may not allow you to enjoy the getaway as much as you wanted.
A word of warning: most insurers do not cover birth-related expenses, and many overseas hospitals require payment upfront or may not have adequate facilities. We recommend babymooning in New Zealand or taking your babymoon before 26 weeks if going overseas.
Where to go
Romantic locations like Paris or Rome may sound like the perfect fit but remember that everyone else on the planet thinks that way too. Pick the wrong season and you may be surrounded by tourists or even hunkered down in winter storms. Booking a tropical getaway in the height of summer can leave you feeling hot and bothered. Do your destination homework.
Here are our picks for some of the best places to indulge in a babymoon: the hotels, resorts and spas that know just how to look after a mum and dad-to-be.
This article has been adapted for Kidspot NZ.