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Whether this is your first baby or not, planning a pre-baby vacation isn’t something you should miss out on. Your babymoon doesn’t need to be an epic adventure, just a little time to focus on you and your husband is what’s key. If you have other children, it can be a special bonding time before your time is monopolized by your new arrival.
When I was pregnant with our first child (our daughter), we knew we had to do one last trip. Though we knew we weren’t about to give up travel, we didn’t know how long it would be before we were able to hit the road again. Thankfully, all went well and we were able to take our daughter to Barcelona at 3 months old, but we had no way of knowing this.
I was very fortunate that I felt really good during the entire pregnancy, but we still wanted to make sure we were travelling safely. We originally planned to travel during the second trimester, but in the end we travelled when I was 30-32 weeks pregnant. There were several reasons for this getting pushed back including work commitments, planned vacation time, weather and the self-imposed limits on how far we were willing to travel from home.
We decided that staying within Canada and doing a road trip was the perfect solution. The deciding factor for us was the ability to get insurance we felt comfortable with that would cover both me and our baby in the case of her coming very early, since our timing for travel was now in the third trimester. This ensured we were fully covered even though we were in a different province, we had control of how long our travel days were and we didn’t have to worry about things like food safety and water contamination.
We spent two weeks doing exactly what we love and got to truly focus on us as a couple. Since this pregnancy had been going so well, we were very active during our trip. We spent our time doing hikes around Tofino, British Columbia, we toured around Victoria, went whale watching and even did a bear watching tour from a boat. We pushed it a bit by doing the 12km/7.5 miles Myra Canyon Trestle hike in Kelowna, but by staying well hydrated throughout and slowing down on the following day, I was feeling fine.
The trip we took while pregnant with our second child (our son) was very different, as was that entire pregnancy. I felt pretty awful the entire time. It eased up a little in the second trimester but not much. Add to that chasing around an almost 2 year old, the idea of hiking for two weeks did not interest me.
This was a perfect time to take our daughter to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico. Again, we waited until the second trimester to travel, as is often advised and with the hopes that I would feel better. Our resort had plenty to do to entertain our daughter and it gave me the opportunity to get some much needed relax time. The added bonus was the time to bond as a family before our son arrived. Food and water safety can be a concern for Mexico, but since we were staying at a reputable resort with high quality standards we felt the risks were low.
Here are Our Tips for Planning the Perfect Babymoon
- Choosing your destination – determine what type of vacation will be best for you at this time. If you need extra rest time, make sure to build that into your itinerary.
- Travel safety – consider travel safety surrounding vaccinations or viruses like the Zika virus that you will want to avoid.
- Timing is important – plan to travel when you will be feeling your best and that is also at the time advisable to travel for pregnant women. Make sure you consult your airline on their regulations and if you will need a letter from your family doctor.
- Insurance – if you will be travelling to another country look into travel insurance in case the unthinkable happens. In our case, when we looked into insurance options we found that I was covered and any fees for delivering the baby was covered, but there was no mention that the baby was covered. This was not a risk we were willing to take, especially travelling at 30-32 weeks pregnant. If our baby came early, she would have had to be in the hospital for some time and we would have been left to foot this bill.
- Food & Water Safety – you want to make sure you can still get all your fruits & veggies without worrying if they were cleaned properly. You also don’t want plan a trip where you’ll feel like you are missing out on all the local specialties because you are unsure of the safety of the food or are avoiding certain foods.
- Flight/Travel time – rather than do a long flight, we opted for a road trip. This allowed us to stop as needed to stretch our legs and give me a break from sitting. Depending on how far along you will be, this is something to consider.
In the end what matters most is finding the right trip for your family and enjoying your time together! Even a staycation can be everything you need. If you just aren’t up for travelling while pregnant, don’t fret. We are here to help you travel with your baby, because life doesn’t end after having a baby!
This post was sponsored by Patient.info. The opinions are completely our own based on our family travel experiences.
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