Over the past few years a new phenomenon has emerged; the babymoon. Much like its namesake the honeymoon, a babymoon is a chance for a couple to escape, relax and take a break with one another, however this time, there’s a baby on board! It’s often seen as a couple’s last chance to really enjoy a romantic holiday together, before the chaos that accompanies kids takes over.
Travelling whilst pregnant: top tips to make your babymoon as perfect as possible
Travelling whilst pregnant can be a little overwhelming however, especially if you’re a first time mum, so here’s some top tips on how to avoid the stresses and really make the most of your time away.
1. Pack Properly
Planning your packing list is probably one of the easiest ways to mitigate stress both ahead of your holiday and whilst you’re away. When pregnant, you may find your usual ‘chuck every summer dress you’ve ever owned into a suitcase three hours before you fly’ tactic might not work quite as well as usual.
Start by thinking about the new things that you’ve started using on a daily basis since you’ve been expecting. Things like pregnancy vitamins or your Mama Mio Tummy Rub Butter may not have featured on packing lists gone by, but this time round you could be lost without them!
Then think about what you’re going to be doing whilst your away. Hikes planned? Comfy shoes to ensure those already hard-working legs are catered for. Swimming? Maternity swimsuit that accommodates for your ever growing bump. Spend a little extra time than usual planning your packing and we promise it will help bring a little calm to a hectic process.
2. Plan Your Journey
This is probably one of the most important bits of prep you can do pre-babymoon. Travelling, even when you’re not pregnant, can be a stressful experience. Add to that the small task of growing another human, and you can be left feeling overwhelmed to say the least. The best way to avoid this is to plan, plan and plan again.
If you’re flying, how are you getting to the airport? If you’re taking public transport, such as the train, try booking your seat in advance to ensure you’re not left standing. If taking the bus or tube, we recommend taking a look at Mama Mio’s #ExpectingChange campaign, which centres around public transport etiquette toward pregnant woman travelling.
This summer, the brand is providing a platform for pregnant women to discuss their experiences of being offered a seat on public transport. If this is something that’s concerning you ahead of your babymoon, or even in your daily life, Mama Mio are giving away ‘I’m Expecting’ badges with every order placed, so it’s definitely worth getting your hands on one of these to try and reduces your pre-holiday stresses and make sure fellow travellers are away that you’ve got a baby on board!
3. Enjoy Some R&R
Our third and final babymoon tip is quite simply, enjoy it! Although travelling whilst pregnant can present new challenges, it’s ultimately the last opportunity yourself and your partner will have for some real alone time for a while.
It also provides an opportunity to escape all of the daily experiences which can make pregnancy difficult. Relish your time away from work, away from your overbearing mother in law who won’t stop telling you what to eat, or even your obsessive compulsion to clean whilst nesting! Your babymoon is a chance for you to enjoy your partner, enjoy your pregnancy and enjoy some peace and quiet away from your busy, modern life, so make the most of every second.