First there was the honeymoon, and now there is a babymoon. Why did someone not tell me about this sooner? Now that your two, is about to come a three it really is the perfect time to make the most of the time you have with each other before the baby comes. It was something I was told so frequently when I was pregnant but I just shrugged it off – ‘it’s just a baby! We will still have time as a couple’ I would say, and boy how wrong was I.
When I found out I was pregnant, our weekends became full of trips to Mothercare, and constant baby planning. Buying clothes, accessories we thought we needed – in reality we didn’t, and making sure that we had everything we would need for baby’s room. I wish I could say that it slowed down after our baby girl was born but boy I was so wrong. So what exactly is my point? Go on a babymoon!
Looking back, we actually had two babymoons, although I was completely unaware that is what they were. We had a lovely trip to Hemsby, which is in Norfolk. We were there for 4 days and it was lovely to spend some quality time together before we welcomed Emily into our lives. This year we actually took Emily to Hemsby, and it was so nice to look back on our memories of the time we visited before we had her, and take Emily to all the places we went to when we came. We also took an overnight break to London, which looking back probably wasn’t the best idea, although we did have a lovely time, I was 30 weeks pregnant, and my feet were so so swollen because we walked so much!
A babymoon is basically a relaxing, or romantic holiday that is taken by parents-to-be before the baby is born. In my opinion a babymoon is so important. It is one last time for expectant parents to reconnect, relax and enjoy a full night’s sleep – and a lay in, before baby comes and you forget what sleep is.
For me our perfect holiday would be somewhere in the UK in a nice cottage, of course that isn’t for everyone and it is completely up to you where you decide to go. One thing I truly do believe is that the price of the holiday shouldn’t matter; even if it is a super cheap weekend break. The idea behind the babymoon is that your spending time together as a couple. Everyone should be able to have a little bit of time away, even if you don’t have lots of money to hand. You can grab some great last minute deals which would do the job. I have found some great last minute cottage deals before now, that worked out to be pretty cheap and they were some of the best holidays we have had.
I put together some top tips and things that you should consider when you are booking your babymoon.
Keep it simple
Remember the idea of the babymoon is to spend quality time together, this little getaway should be all about rest, and downtime for the both of you. Get as much sleep as you can, because you will regret it if you don’t when the baby comes. Don’t forget you are pregnant either, visiting extravagant places, or going on a trekking holiday is going to have to wait until next time.
Go during the second trimester
For most pregnant women the best time to plan a getaway is between 14 and 28 weeks. During the first trimester, most mums-to-be experience morning sickness which can be made increasingly worse by long car journeys or turbulent airplanes. By the third trimester, most mums-to-be are fairly uncomfortable, and they just want to be in their own space.
Cherish each other’s company
While parenthood is the absolute best, you never get a moment to yourself. So it is nice to spend some quality time together, and make some memories that you will be able to treasure and look back on.
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