Get The Most Of Your Pre-Baby Getaway With These Babymoon Planning Tips

Before you know it, you and your partner will have a constant companion. That means now is the time to soak up as much quality time with your spouse as possible. While some couples choose to enjoy the last bit of child-free couplehood in their homes, other parents-to-be opt to take a babymoon. For all the parents in the babymoon camp, we've compiled seven tips for pregnant travelers to help keep you safe and happy on your last getaway before baby arrives.
 
1. Pick the right time
 
The second trimester is typically the best time to go on a vacation. By now, the first-trimester nausea is behind you, your energy is back, and your body hasn't reached the swollen and uncomfortable phase of the third trimester. 
 
 
2. Choose your location wisely
 
Ask yourself honestly where you will be the most comfortable. Many women feel safer traveling someplace closer to home when pregnant. Driving gives you more control over your itinerary than flying. Whatever location you pick, make sure it appeals to both you and your partner. This trip is about the two of you spending quality time together, so both of you should enjoy it. 
 
3. Limit time spent en-route
 
Long airport layovers or a 15-hour car ride should be a dealbreaker for expectant moms. You don’t want to start your babymoon uncomfortable from the travel or stressed out by how long it took to get there. Choose a destination that doesn't require a lot of effort, or have a realistic plan for staying comfortable during the journey. 
 
No matter how you travel, try to get up and move around regularly to boost the blood flow in your body. Try not to cross your legs while sitting, because putting that extra pressure on your calves may increase the risk of blood clots. If you can, keep your tootsies elevated to reduce swelling and leg cramps.
 
4. Check for travel restrictions
 
Read travel advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC may discourage voluntary travel to certain areas, especially for pregnant women. For example, areas affected by Zika outbreaks should be off the table. Be aware of health risks in advance and know how to travel safely. 
 
If you're flying, check with the airline to make sure they'll let you on the plane. According to most physicians, it's safe to fly up to 36 weeks of pregnancy, but restrictions vary according to the airlines. Some airline policies vary between international and domestic travel. 
 
Cruise lines have guidelines as well. Most major cruise lines will not allow you on board if you are in your 24th week of pregnancy or will enter your 24th week during the cruise. 
 
5. Keep your OB in the loop
 
Traveling comes with a set of challenges during pregnancy. The main priority should be safety, so make sure you consult your doctor before planning that trip to Madagascar.
 
If you plan to enjoy your babymoon overseas, check in with your doctor about any necessary vaccines.
 
6. Research medical options beforehand
 
While researching a spot for your babymoon, make sure easy access to quality medical facilities is on your must-have list. Once you've determined where you are heading, jot down the contact information for nearby hospitals and keep it handy during your trip. Keep your OB’s number on hand in case of emergency. 
 
If you choose to travel on a cruise, make sure they have a health care provider on board as many smaller ships, fewer than 150 passengers, don't have medical personnel with them.
 
7. Wear your seatbelt low
 
When driving or riding in a car, wear your seatbelt so that the shoulder portion crosses your collarbone and the lap portion sits under the abdomen, low across your hips. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also recommends adjusting your seat as far back from the dashboard as possible to maximize the distance between your belly and the front of the vehicle. 
 
 
Whatever you decide to do, we hope you and your partner have a wonderful time enjoying each other. 
 
Did you already take a babymoon? What advice would you add to this list? 
 
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