A babymoon offers parents-to-be some time to relax ahead of the new arrival. In this guide, we highlight what you need to know about babymoons and offer some suggestions for your pre-baby spa day or spa break. We end with a few babymoon tips.
What is a babymoon and why should you take one?
A babymoon is simply a break that you enjoy during your pregnancy. They offer the chance to spend some quiet time alone or with your partner before the baby arrives and chaos ensues! It will likely be the last trip you take alone or as a couple, so make the most of the time by booking a trip to remember.
When is the best time to take a babymoon?
The best time to enjoy a babymoon varies depending on the type of trip you’re planning. For example, if you want to travel a long way or visit a spa (where some treatments and facilities will be off-limits at certain stages of pregnancy).
Overall, the best time is in the second trimester (months three to six), after the worst of the morning sickness has hopefully passed but before you’re too uncomfortable. This is also the best time to travel. We always advise checking with your doctor if you have any concerns.
Options for the perfect babymoon
There are plenty of ways to spend your babymoon. From a chic city break to a colourful cruise or a cosy country B&B, it really depends on how long you want to be away, how far you want to travel and what you’d like to do during the trip.
You might prefer a more action-packed break, either in the UK or abroad, with days spent sightseeing and evenings spent dining out or going to a show. After all, easy travelling and nights out may be on hold for a while once the baby arrives. At the other end of the spectrum, relaxation may be top of the list. Heading out to the country or the coast for some fresh air and gentle walks in calming surroundings may just fit the bill. Choose a rustic B&B, boutique hotel or even upscale glamping.
If you really want to chill out, some spas lay on special babymoon breaks tailored to parents-to-be, with special pregnancy treatments for mum-to-be and luxurious pampering for her partner. These babymoon spa days and breaks are wonderful as a standalone babymoon or as part of a longer break.
Why choose a babymoon spa break or spa day?
A spa is a great choice for a babymoon, as it combines all the elements that go into a relaxing pre-baby break. You have the indulgence of the spa, with tailored pregnancy treatments and facilities to soothe and relax you, set amid wonderful surroundings. You can also use the opportunity to see the local area and, if you opt for an overnight break, take advantage of the accommodation and dining options. You will return refreshed, renewed and ready for the exciting times ahead.
NB: Always let the spa know you’re pregnant ahead of time. Also be aware that most spas will restrict access for women in their first three months of pregnancy, and some spa facilities are off-limits throughout pregnancy. Find further information in our dedicated pregnancy spa guides
Our favourite babymoon spa days and breaks
Whittlebury Hall Hotel Spa in Northamptonshire offers two great parent-to-be spa packages. The Babymoon Spa Day features an ESPA pre- and post-natal massage for mum-to-be, buffet lunch and use of the spa’s relaxation and leisure facilities. The One Night Babymoon Retreat for Two includes a dreamy pregnancy massage for mum-to-be and full-body massage for her partner, plus overnight accommodation, a three-course dinner, breakfast, buffet lunch and use of the facilities.
Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel & Spa in Caerphilly offers a One Night Babymoon Spa Break that features two treatments (including a seated aromatherapy back, neck and shoulders massage for mum-to-be), overnight accommodation, a three-course dinner, full Welsh breakfast and use of the leisure facilities.
Hatherley Manor Hotel and Spa in Gloucestershire offers a One Night New Beginnings Babymoon Couples Spa Break that features two treatments (including an Elemis peaceful pregnancy massage for mum-to-be), overnight accommodation, a welcome ‘mocktail’, a three-course dinner, breakfast and full use of the leisure facilities.
Babymoon do’s and don’ts
- Do plan ahead: Thinking about your babymoon options early in your pregnancy can offer something else to look forward to on your journey to parenthood. However…
- Don’t book your babymoon too early: It’s best to wait a while before booking to make sure your pregnancy is progressing well and that you feel up to a trip away.
- Don’t overdo it: Related to the point above, it is important to be realistic about how you are coping with your pregnancy when it comes to planning your trip and any activities you hope to enjoy while you’re away.
- Do stick to a budget: Having a baby is an expensive time, so set yourself a babymoon budget that gives you a great break but doesn’t leave you financially stressed.
- Do consult with your doctor: Check with your doctor or other healthcare professional about travelling safely while pregnant and safe activities you can enjoy while you’re away.
To book your babymoon spa break, give the SpaSeekers’ team a call today.