A modern trend that many excited mums-to-be are embracing is called a babymoon but what is a babymoon and why is it proving so popular?
It’s all about taking a last holiday as a couple, before you add to your family with a new baby. This concept is fast catching on and many experts claim that taking some time out as a couple to bond before a baby arrives can have long-term benefits for your relationship.
Some couples think of babymoon holidays as being a time to reconnect with their partner, while others think of it as a calm before the inevitable storm! Whatever your reason to head off on a babymoon, make sure you take advantage of the time away from home to re-establish a close partnership with your loved one and to help you feel more prepared when the baby finally arrives.
We’ve had a look at some of the different types of babymoons on the market, from stays in romantic coastal cottages to trips to a spa hotel. Check out our guide to the top 7 babymoons below and let us know how you plan to spend your babymoon!
Before we look at the different babymoon holidays you can enjoy, let’s talk about when you should go:
After the baby arrives, going on holiday will become a mission where only the strongest of wills will survive!
You’ll be surprised how much planning and packing one tiny human being demands, so taking a relaxing trip before you transition into the chaos of parenthood is a wonderful way to reconnect with your loved one.
Travelling while pregnant needn’t be as scary as you may fear, just make sure you take lots of breaks and drink plenty of fluids.
Let’s face it, if there’s one time in our lives when we truly need to relax, it’s during pregnancy. And what better place to chill out than in a spa?
Couples spa retreats are popular with babymooners looking for an opportunity to bond before the baby arrives.
Babymoon spa breaks can be organised in spas all over the country and to strengthen your relationship, you can enjoy any of the following on a spa break:
Spa weekends for mums-to-be are a wonderful way to enjoy some peace and quiet as a couple, but it is also an effective way to relieve the aches and pains that come with pregnancy. From painful backache and swollen ankles to troublesome skin – the female body craves the relaxing support that many spa treatments provide, working to soothe the stress that the body is under.
Comforting spa days for pregnant women provide the respite you need and it is vital to ensure you inform the spa how far into your pregnancy you are, so the therapist can create a personalised treatment menu to suit your needs.
Taking a beach holiday is another fabulous way to enjoy a babymoon holiday. Wriggling into position on the soft sand can be an effective way to find a comfortable spot with your ever-growing bump.
It’s easy to feel uncomfortable when carrying a baby, so if you do decide to take a beach holiday do some research on flying when pregnant beforehand and take the following into consideration:
The salty sea water will support your bump and provide your legs with some much-needed relief from the additional weight you are carrying. Going somewhere where you can soak up the warm sun and breathe in the fresh air is a terrific way to spend a babymoon holiday and can help you to feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
If you love the hubbub of city life, there’s no reason why you can’t spend some quality time in the big smoke just because you are expecting!
While you may not fancy painting the town red, there are plenty of pregnant-friendly activities you can enjoy on a babymoon holiday. Just remember that travelling when pregnant can be tiring, so take advantage of public transport and taxis as much as possible.
Go to London and enjoy a romantic meal for two at The Shard or indulge in some shopping on Oxford Street. Hop on a train to Manchester and treat yourselves to afternoon tea or put your feet up in the Royal Exchange Theatre while watching a show. Take a boat ride down the River Mersey in Liverpool or explore the dungeons in York and remember to wear comfortable walking shoes to soothe aching feet.
If the timing works out right, a babymoon cruise can be a wonderful way to bond with your partner pre-baby. There are always lots of activities available on a cruise ship that can be done while you are pregnant, from cookery lessons to swimming in the pool and of course, there’s always the beautiful view to admire should you prefer to kick back and relax!
Top Tip: However, you will need to ensure that you are over the morning sickness and also important check with the cruise company when you book, as some liners won’t take women who are more than 24 weeks pregnant for safety reasons.
Enjoy a break, eat some yummy food and relish in each other’s company – that’s what a babymoon is all about and you can do all of this while staying in a pretty little bed and breakfast.
B&Bs by their very nature have romantic connotations and they offer a personal romantic experience that expecting mums and their partners can enjoy.
Another perk of staying in a charming B&B is that you probably won’t have to travel too far to get to one, travelling when pregnant in general and long drives quickly become uncomfortable.
If you fancy getting farther afield than the UK and you can still fly, then why not treat yourselves to a European holiday?
There are plenty of romance-filled destinations to choose from, where you can do all kinds of relaxing activities, including:
European getaways can be enjoyed at any time of the year and if flying when pregnant doesn’t appeal, then stay closer to the UK in France, Belgium or the Netherlands and catch a ferry instead.
Do you love the idea of camping but hate the reality of it?
Glamping is the perfect combination of camping and luxury accommodation, and it can be enjoyed in pods, yurts, tree houses, shepherd’s huts, bell tents, wig-wams, camper vans, safari tents and tipis!
It’s trendy, quirky, unique and has the potential to be incredibly romantic. Enjoy some tender time with your partner, while toasting marshmallows on an open fire under a blanket of stars in the night sky, before slipping into a comfy bed for a night of restful sleep. Holidays when pregnant will take some careful planning and glamping is an ideal option.
As far as babymoons go, it doesn’t get better than a glamping trip, as it gives couples all the romance that camping promises but fails to deliver!
While taking a babymoon holiday for a weekend, a week or even two may sound perfect, it isn’t always feasible for soon-to-be parents to take a long break before their imminent arrival. So, if all you can do is take one day, why not book a few treatments at a local spa and spend some time together getting pampered?
And if your partner can’t make it, book yourself in for a pre-natal massage and enjoy an entire day with your feet up, getting your nails painted and enjoying a soothing massage!
How would you spend your ideal babymoon?