Chances are you’ve probably heard of babymoons. They’re a huge trend at the moment, and you might have seen them on social media or read about the pros and cons of a babymoon. Your friends may have even jetted off on a romantic babymoon getaway.
But what is a babymoon? Where do you go? Is it as relaxing as it sounds? Our guide will fill you in on everything you need to know, so you can decide before your little one arrives if a babymoon is the right idea for you.
What is a babymoon vacation?
So, what is a babymoon, anyway? Much like a hen-do before a wedding, a babymoon is a holiday for you and your partner to enjoy before the baby arrives.
Babies really do change your life, and the first few months of parenthood can be hectic and overwhelming. That’s why many soon-to-be-parents grab the opportunity to do something for just them while they have the chance. Even second-time parents can enjoy a babymoon!
From a weekend getaway to a short break in a European city, or even a week or two on the beach in the sunshine, there are plenty of babymoon destinations that promise fun, relaxation and excitement.
What are the benefits of a babymoon?
There are so many benefits to a babymoon. Not on ly do you get to spend quality time with your partner, but you also get to pamper yourself.
The arrival of a new baby is an exhilarating and exciting time, but it can also be exhausting and unpredictably busy. Many couples find it hard to make time for each other, especially once they go back to work.
One of the best benefits of a babymoon is that it gives you and your partner a chance to connect and spend some quality time together in a gorgeous location. You can explore, indulge yourselves, reflect on your past and get excited about your future. It’s an adventure to tick off on your pre-baby bucket list.
Plus, you get to relax. Growing and nurturing another human is hard work — you’re entitled to a little R&R from time to time! So sit back, and enjoy the peace and quiet because you deserve it!
When should you take a babymoon?
When to take a babymoon likely depends on many different factors, such as getting time off work or how far along in the pregnancy you are.
There really are no rules, which means there are no right or wrong answers on when to take a babymoon. It really does depend on what you like, where you want to go, and how well your pregnancy is progressing. This should be a time to celebrate, so if you’re experiencing aches and pains, morning sickness, insomnia or other not-so-great pregnancy symptoms, it’s going to dampen the mood of your babymoon vacation.
Many couples choose to take their babymoon in the second trimester, as a lot of mums-to-be feel a surge of energy during this period.
Another thing to keep in mind is flying. If you want to head abroad, most airlines require a doctor’s certificate if you’re over 28 weeks. You don’t want to cut it too close to your due date, which is why the second trimester is a great time to take a babymoon. Make sure to check out our pregnancy flying tips before you head out.
Where should you go for our babymoon? Our top tips for ideal babymoon destinations
Your babymoon can be as simple or as exotic as you like. It all depends on your preferences and your budget.
If you’re trying to save money for your little one, you can do something as simple as a weekend getaway in a nearby town. Going somewhere local also means that you don’t have to travel too far for too long – something that can be uncomfortable depending on how far along you are. Book in a nice hotel or B&B and take it easy.
There are so many wonderful babymoon destinations to escape to in the UK, and any of them would be a nice place to go on a babymoon vacation. Some of our favourites are the Cotswolds, Yorkshire, Cornwall and Devon.
If you have a little bit more time and more budget to work with, taking a trip to an all-inclusive resort might be up your street! Nothing beats some fun in the sun. Places like The Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal are beautiful babymoon destinations that promise rest and relaxation. Just make sure you’re prepared for the heat if you go during the summer months.
Of course, you need to steer clear of locations where there is an elevated risk of infection, such as from the Zika virus, malaria or tick-borne encephalitis. Some live vaccines should be avoided in pregnancy, so it’s best to steer clear of any place that requires you to get a jab.
Check out our favourite destinations for a babymoon here.
What should you do on your babymoon?
No matter which babymoon destination you choose, make sure that you relax and unwind. It will be tempting to jam-pack your schedule with lots of activities and babymoon ideas, but this is your time to take it easy! Don’t feel like you have to do and see everything.
A relaxing babymoon idea for both you and your partner is a couples massage. They’re the ultimate vacation luxury, and as an added bonus, massages are also great for the baby.
You could also go on some gentle walks. Don’t feel like you need to hike a mountain or head out on a 10-kilometre adventure. Taking a stroll to see some local scenery or wandering around the local city are good ways to get exercise and calm your mind without overexerting yourself.
And, of course, there are always restaurants. It’s not a vacation if you don’t eat out! Enjoy some local cuisine and enjoy eating-for-two. Just make sure it’s all pregnancy-friendly.
Final babymoon vacation tips:
There are a few final things to keep in mind before rushing off and booking your babymoon.
If you’re thinking of flying it’s always best to check that your doctor or midwife think you’re in tip-top condition. You’ll also want to contact your insurance provider or arrange travel insurance, just in case something happens or complications occur. And don’t forget to check you have enough of any medication or supplements you’re using, to take with you.
Last but not least, don’t forget to pack your Secret Saviours! Our Stretch Mark Prevention Kit can help stop those pesky stretch marks from forming, even on your babymoon. The Day Gel will keep our innovative Bump Band in place, while the Night Cream will make your skin more supple after a day of wearing the band. Not only do 82% of users come out of pregnancy stretch mark free, but the Bump Band also provides under bump and back support. leaving you to get on with the job of growing your baby and enjoying some much-needed rest and relaxation.