Please welcome our guest contributor, Rebecca Hurt, an adventure seeking biology graduate, currently traveling around the world. She has a passion for photography and simply adores babies.
Starting a family is a life-changing experience. Once you welcome your baby into the world, many things in your life that have become familiar will shift, including your travel. If you’re a fellow travel enthusiast, currently pregnant and would like one last child-free trip away from home with your partner, now’s the time to start planning your babymoon. Here are some five top tips to help you along the way.
Time your trip carefully
First and foremost, make sure you time your trip well. Generally, it’s best to head off on holiday in your second trimester when you’re between 14 and 28 weeks into your pregnancy. This will hopefully mean that any dreaded morning sickness has subsided, but your bump won’t be so huge that it hampers your vacation experiences.
Select a suitable destination
Whether you’re arranging last minute holidays or preparing your adventures in advance, make sure you select a suitable destination. Of course, it’s important to steer clear of places that could pose a health risk, and ideally you should look for a spot where you can really relax and unwind. Lots of sightseeing and energetic activities can be too much for expectant moms.
Seek advice from your doctor
When planning your trip, make sure you keep your doctor in the loop, and if you’re unsure whether a particular venue or activity is safe, ask. Bear in mind that if you’re traveling abroad, you might need certain vaccinations, and you may also be advised to avoid certain foods. Whenever in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Find out about health facilities
It’s always important to safeguard your health when you jet off on holiday, but it is even more crucial when you’re pregnant. Make sure you research the medical facilities on offer before you commit to a particular destination, and take down the name and contact details of medical centers and hospitals in case of emergencies. It wouldn’t hurt to look into obtaining travel health insurance too.
Tell people you’re pregnant
Last but not least, tell people you’re expecting a baby. It’s a well-known fact that honeymooning couples are often treated to upgrades, and the same can happen to moms and dads-to-be. By mentioning the fact that you’re pregnant, you can increase your chances of getting special gifts and upgrades, and there’s no harm in testing your luck!
By following these simple tips, you should be on your way to having a memorable babymoon. Enjoy and congratulations on your upcoming arrival!
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