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What’s a Babymoon and Why Should I Consider One?

What's a Babymoon and Why Should I Consider One?

You’re pregnant and about to become parents! Your baby will soon be filling your days with diapers, feedings and naps. One of the best things you can do for your relationship before baby comes is to go on a Babymoon!

A babymoon is a chance for you and your partner to get away for a night or two (or longer) and just enjoy each other’s undivided attention. You get to spoil each other. Appreciate each other. Connect on a deeper level. Soak in this transition period. Revel in the wonder of your near step into parenthood.

Here are a few things to think about if you’re considering a Babymoon:

Pick a Good Time

We recommend traveling for your Babymoon during your second trimester for several reasons.

  • You get a 12 week checkup and thumbs up from your doctor that things are going well.
  • If you were dealing with morning sickness you’re probably going to start feeling a lot better soon.
  • And if you wait until your third trimester, there’s a chance you might not be able to travel, and you probably won’t be quite as comfortable.

Pick a place that sounds fun! Yup it’s that easy.

Some couples really get into the Babymoon idea and travel to exotic locations. If you can get to a beach, let me tell you, from personal experience, there is something super fun and empowering about wearing a bikini and showing that baby bump! But if finances and time are tight, just find a local Air BnB or plan a little road trip destination.

Portland babymoon ideas from a doula

There’s not a right or wrong way to go about it — it’s really just about enjoying time together as a couple before your world becomes focused on your baby. Think about what you both love to do together as a couple.

Maybe it’s the beach, but maybe a yurt in the mountains and campfires every night is more your style. Go do something focused on what you enjoy, getting out of the normal rhythm and NOT shopping for baby things on Amazon!

Flying pregnant…Yay or nay?

Some airlines have more limiting rules than the doctors rule of “safe to fly up to 36 weeks”. Check before you book. If you decide on a cruise, make sure they’re a medical professional on board. (Some smaller cruises don’t have this benefit.)

Airline Travel Policies During Pregnancy

  • American Airlines 
    Pregnant women cannot fly domestically within 7 days of their due date or within a week of giving birth. They also cannot fly internationally within 4 weeks of their due date without a doctor’s note. American Airlines offers pre-boarding, wider aisles, and easier access to business class for pregnant flyers.
  • Delta Airlines
    While Delta imposes no restrictions or medical certificate requirements for pregnant passengers, they strongly recommend consulting your doctor for travel after your eighth month and advise that ticket change fees remain applicable even for pregnancy-related changes.
  • Hawaiian Airlines
    Hawaiian Airlines provides guidelines for expectant mothers traveling on their flights. If you are in good health and not traveling close to your due date, a medical certificate is not required. However, if you are traveling within 7 days of your due date or your baby is less than 7 days old, you will need a medical certificate from your doctor.
  • Southwest Airlines
    Southwest Airlines doesn’t explicitly state limitations on how far along in your pregnancy you can fly, but it emphasizes consulting a doctor and recommends bringing medical records if you’re more than 20 weeks pregnant.
  • United Airlines
    United Airlines allows travel up to 35 weeks pregnant without a doctor’s note. After 36 weeks, a specific doctor’s letter is required. They recommend choosing a suitable seat, having backup plans, and exploring trip insurance. Security screenings are safe for pregnant travelers. Onboard, flight attendants can help with luggage and provide seatbelt extenders. Consult your doctor for in-flight health tips like staying hydrated and managing potential discomfort. 

As you gear up for your Babymoon getaway, ensure a journey filled with comfort and care by packing a Pregnancy-to-Birth Comfort Kit. This comprehensive kit is your travel companion, prepping your body for the stages of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum, offering special attention to areas like the vagina, bottom, breasts, and nipples. Traveling doesn’t mean compromising on self-care, and this kit is compact, housed in an adorable cosmetic bag, ready to slip seamlessly into your travel bag.

Pregnancy Comfort Kit

Talk to your OB or Midwife

Make sure you talk to your doctor before you travel very far. If you’re considered a high-risk pregnancy, they may have a few words of advice on what’s best for you and baby, and maybe what distance is safest. 

Locate the Medical Facilities in the area you’re traveling

This isn’t to scare you, but to make sure you are prepared. It’s a good idea to know what medical facilities are near you and how to get to them. Even if you just get a bump on head or trip in your sandals, you’ll know exactly where to go to get things checked out. Because birth can happen at anytime, knowing your local hospitals can give you some piece of mind while traveling.

Along with that, bring your birth plan just in case. Don’t have a birth plan? Birth Dates walks you through ALL your choices in birth…and they are universal to each and every hospital in the United States and Canada. 

Have Fun Together Being Just the Two of You

Spend some intentional time with your partner before baby comes on your babymoon. Chances are, you’ll create some bonds that will last a lifetime. And they’ll probably make your whole birth experience just a little bit sweeter after connecting. Parents that play together, truly do parent better together.

Do things together that might not be so easy with a baby. Go to the movies, fine dine in a nice steakhouse, play lazer tag or just wander around where the wind takes you! It’s just the two of you right now….so soak it in. So find the time, make the time and go on a Babymoon before your baby arrives. xoxo

Learn about Birth Together on Your Babymoon

Some couples need isolated time away from home, business and chores to get into a birth mindset. Preparing for birth together can actually be a very romantic thing to do….if it’s with the right birth class! Birth Dates was designed to unite the couple before birth. It’s full of interactive games and activities that can be done from a hotel or VRBO! We ship you a full Birth Date Kit that you can take, along with the online access for the 5 birth prep sessions. 

Imagine, ordering room service, getting in your comfies, and pressing play to dive into learning how you and your partner can prepare for a positive and empowering birth experience together. You will be able to practice breathing exercises, labor positions, massage and more comfort measures all on your babymoon. Taking Birth Dates along on your Babymoon could be just the right way to enjoy each other, nature, a get-away and come home with feeling ready for birth! 

Enhance Your Babymoon Experience

  • Customize Your Babymoon Experience
    Consider personalizing your babymoon to match your interests and preferences. Whether it’s a cozy cabin retreat, a cultural city escape, or an adventurous hiking trip, tailor the experience to reflect your unique connection as a couple.
  • Capture the Memories
    Bring a camera or use your smartphone to capture special moments during your babymoon. Take photos at scenic spots, document your adventures, and create a babymoon scrapbook or digital album. These memories will become cherished mementos of your time together before parenthood.
  • Pamper Yourselves
    Treat yourselves to some relaxation and pampering. Book a couples’ massage, indulge in a spa day, or simply unwind in a luxurious hotel room. Taking time for self-care can enhance your sense of well-being and create a positive atmosphere for the upcoming changes in your lives.
  • Surprise Each Other
    Plan a surprise for your partner during the babymoon. It could be a special date night, a heartfelt letter, or a small gift. Surprises add an extra element of excitement and thoughtfulness to your getaway, making it even more memorable.
  • Plan Babymoon-Friendly Activities
    Choose activities that are suitable for expectant parents. Consider gentle walks, scenic drives, or exploring local attractions that don’t involve strenuous physical activity. Look for babymoon packages or special deals that cater to pregnant couples.
  • Connect with Other Expectant Parents
    If you’re open to socializing, explore local meet-ups or online communities where expectant parents gather. Sharing experiences with others who are in a similar life stage can be reassuring and may lead to lasting friendships.
  • Document Your Journey
    Keep a journal or write letters to your unborn baby during the babymoon. Share your thoughts, dreams, and hopes for the future. This written record can become a meaningful keepsake for both you and your child as they grow older.

A Babymoon is more than just a vacation; it’s a celebration of the remarkable journey into parenthood. By incorporating these suggestions, you can make your Babymoon a truly memorable and beneficial experience for your relationship.

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Sherilee Peters

Sherilee Peters

Owner and founder of Baby Nest Birth Services for over 18 years she has been supporting parents to have empowering births and postpartum experiences. Growing up on a recreational farm in Canada watching animals give birth from a young age is where she had her first realization of how natural the birth process could be. She is a mother of two, a Birth & Postpartum Doula, a Bradley Method Birth instructor and certified placenta specialist in the Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR areas.

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