Best Babymoon Destinations
Babymoon: The final fling before a couple settles down into a blissful cloud of talcum powder rising from baby soft baby bottoms. A babymoon is an opportunity for Mums-to-be to relax and revel in their pregnancy while topping up the romance in their relationship.
If you’re a couple well under the influence of the travel bug you may find your feet beginning to itch at times the newest member of the family won’t allow, so it’s becoming increasingly popular for people to plan a babymoon to get away before the birth. Bearing in mind the slightly different circumstances they're be travelling under, Mums-to-be don’t have quite the same choice when it comes to destinations, but here are some Top Babymoon Destination Suggestions.
The second trimester, which is the best time during pregnancy to travel, is a time for comfort over adventure, mild weather over heat, shorter flights and a standard of civilisation ensuring decent medical care will be available. For that reason a lot of pregnancy experts recommend popping off to a spa or resort that offers special Mums-to-be packages for your babymoon. Miraval offers one called ‘Motherhood in Balance’, four days of workshops and classes in nutrition, fitness and financial and psychological preparation. The Golden Door Spa offers a chance to indulge in a course of pregnancy massages while watching Dad-to-be try out aqua biking – don’t laugh too hard - while feeding you body everything it needs against the backdrop of rolling, calm inducing hills in a little seaside town heavily populated with galleries, antique stores and cafes.
If you are planning a spa babymoon make sure you let them know you’re expecting so they can steer you toward the appropriate treatments and assign you specially trained practitioners. And however tempting they may be Mums-to-be should stay out of Jacuzzis and saunas on their babymoon.
At the Peter Island Resort they run a week long baby preparation course so you can pack in some formal baby advice, and out of school hours enjoy leisurely picnics on one of the island’s five beaches, de-stress by floating in calm turquoise seas or get some babymoon pampering in the resort.
What could be more relaxing and romantic than having a whole island to yourself? At the Arawak Beach Inn not only do they apparently keep free and unlimited supplies of pickles and ice cream for Mums-to-be you can also book time on your own private island. The nice, understanding people there will pack a picnic for you and drop you off to be alone. Or alone with Dad-to-be. Or, if you can’t have a whole island to yourself you could share one with some reggae babymoon-ing at Jamaica’s Frenchman’s Cove – there’s a scientific study that shows reggae is relaxing for babies in utero!
If those tempting babymoon locations are a bit too far a field for a comfortable flight – another thing to consider when expecting – what about taking your babymoon on Cyprus? Bathed in sun, Limassol is the perfect place to allow your cravings to take over – fresh fish and organic food, plenty of oranges, your body and your baby will thank you – and combined with walks in the Troodos Mountains it’s as good as a trip to a health spa. Or what could be more relaxing or romantic than a babymoon stay by one of Italy’s gorgeous lakes: Lake Como, Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore or Lake Garda – calming, scenic and you know the food and health care ticks all the babymoon boxes.
Many Mums-to-be wonder if it’s safe to fly when pregnant – the general consensus is that it’s safe up to 36 weeks, just make sure you drink plenty of water, move around the cabin as much as possible and bring your own nutritious snacks, anticipating that the airline food will be a bit on the so-so side. If your morning sickness defies even a trip to Europe, Bath has been promoting health for about two and a half thousand years, it’s comfortable, restful and mild, and rather civilised.
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