Babymoon: the honeymoon before the baby arrives

What is the babymoon?

The term “ babymoon ” comes from the fusion of the words “baby” and “honeymoon” (honeymoon in English). It designates a weekend or a romantic stay that the future parents undertake before the arrival of the baby , generally during the second trimester of pregnancy.

When to go on a babymoon ? Where to go? Are there any precautions to take before traveling while pregnant ? In this article, we explain everything you need to know about the babymoon !

When to go on a babymoon?

By definition, a romantic getaway takes place before the end of the pregnancy. It's about enjoying and relaxing before the big change of having a baby, which will become the priority. Time together can then become rare!

Pregnancy is an upheaval for a woman's body. The hormones and inconveniences that accompany this big change are far from easy and generally very trying. This is why it is recommended to leave during the second trimester of pregnancy!

Indeed, during the first trimester, pregnant women often experience nausea and dizziness . From the start of pregnancy, it is unlikely to hope to enjoy a peaceful stay.

Travel is again not recommended in the 3rd trimester. It is best to stay close to home due to the risk of premature delivery. Most airlines also refuse pregnant women from the 7th month of pregnancy or will request a medical certificate of no contraindication to travel.

The babymoon is therefore optimal during the 2nd trimester. Pregnant women feel more fulfilled and have a lighter stomach. This is the period when pregnancy is the easiest to live with.

Although every woman and pregnancy is different, we still advise you to speak to your doctor if you want to travel ! He will be able to provide you with recommendations on activities to do and not to do depending on your pregnancy (sports activity, massage, hiking, boating, etc.).

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Where to go on a babymoon?

A priori, the destinations will depend on your desires and your budget. However, it is advisable to go to a “safe” place where the sanitary conditions and medical infrastructure are optimal. It is strongly recommended to avoid places where Zika is active, a virus which is transmitted by mosquito bites and exposes the fetus to significant risks. So keep yourself informed of areas where Zika is still circulating.

It is common for couples to stay in France so as not to find themselves in difficulty abroad. Also, pregnant women and heat do not mix well. Choose temperate places!

What activities to do during the babymoon?

The babymoon should be synonymous with relaxation! We offer you some ideal activities to do during your romantic getaway:

  • Massage : Be careful of essential oils which can be dangerous for pregnant women

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  • Walks : don't forget to hydrate regularly when exploring the city or surrounding areas
  • Cinema : sheltered in front of a nice film and popcorn
  • Playing mini golf : original activity that will certainly make you laugh
  • Going to a restaurant : nothing better than a tête-à-tête with your partner while enjoying good food
  • Well-being activity : a moment for two in a swimming pool could be very pleasant. Avoid activities not recommended during pregnancy such as sauna, hammam, very hot or very cold water or even the jacuzzi.

Precautions to take before and during the babymoon

As a reminder, ask your doctor or midwife for advice and guidance, particularly when the trip takes place abroad or involves a long journey by transport.

Air travel frequently requires a medical certificate of no contraindication to travel drawn up by a health professional. It is also recommended:

  • Take a copy of your medical file containing pregnancy exams
  • To have your European health insurance card if the trip is in Europe
  • To take out insurance if you travel abroad

Generally speaking, long journeys are not pleasant for pregnant women. This is why it is suggested to stay comfortable:

  • Take regular breaks to walk
  • Wear compression stockings to avoid possible feelings of heavy legs
  • Drink plenty of water to maintain peak hydration
  • Dress comfortably
  • Position the car belt under the stomach with a special device
  • Keep the seat as upright as possible to avoid back pain.

Don't forget that the babymoon is first and foremost a time for two to rest before the eventful arrival of the baby! Follow the recommendations to make the most of this magical moment of pregnancy.

Have you already had a baby boom ? Are you planning to do one? Share your getaway with us on our Instagram account @laboratoiresteane !

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