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Plan Your Babymoon

Plan Your Babymoon

A babymoon, similar in purpose as a honeymoon, is a term recently used to describ vacation taken by an expectant couple in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before baby arrives. Babymoons usually take place at a resort or location that.

When to travel:
First and foremost, talk to you doctor before planning a trip. Tell your doctor when you plan to travel, where you plan to go and the mode of transportation. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the safest time for traveling while pregnant is between 18-24 weeks (second trimester).

Where to go?
There are many resorts and locations which provide a comfortable get-away for the pregnant woman. There are retreats that offer workshops for expectant fathers, childbirth sessions and other activities to tailor your needs during your stay. From traveling to distant locations or going to a nearby bed and breakfast, choose a destination which will allow you to relax and enjoy yourself. Donít plan a hectic schedule filled with activities. In the event you arenít feeling well one afternoon, you donít want to have prepaid for an event or feel disappointed.

What to pack?
Before going, do your research. Find out where the nearest hospital is. Have a note card of information such as your obstetricianís contact information and your medical information in your purse or with your partner. Bring a little first aid kit of medication that is approved for pregnant women. Should you have an allergy develop, you want to make sure the allergy medication is safe for you.

If you crave or only can a certain type of food, make sure you have plenty on hand for the trip. Pack snacks for your flight or car ride. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your trip as well Ė slippers are good on a flight so you can take off your slippers and stretch your feet. Bring pillows to offer support to your back and/or neck.

Though you may consider purchasing trip insurance in the event that something comes up before the trip, most plans exclude pregnancy as a reason for cancellation. Talk to your travel agent and read the policy very carefully.

If you are traveling outside of the U.S., verify that your medical insurance will cover you if you need care. If you aren't covered outside the U.S., consider purchasing travel medical coverage. Again, read the policies to find out the extent of coverage while pregnant and for any conditions stemming from your pregnancy.

If you canít get away?
Some expectant women are unfortunately bedridden for medical reasons or understandably just canít afford to go on a babymoon. Consider using a mobile spa service so a masseur or esthetician can treat you in the comfort of your own home. Hire a private chef for one night to cook you a fantastic dinner. If you donít have a housekeeper, hire one. You will be less stressed about your home being clean for the baby and you can relax while someone else does the dirty work. And if you really canít afford it, go on a romantic picnic at the nearest park. You and your honey will enjoy a wonderful day together thinking of all the excitement to come!

By Joanne Saunders, Bliss Nine


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