Have you heard the term Babymoon before? The idea is to get away for a little vacation for you and your significant other before the birth of your child. As with many other things, pregnancy causes you to make adjustments in how and, sometimes, where you travel.
While you may have always wanted to go on an African safari, doing so while 5 months pregnant, may not be the best time. With the required vaccinations, long travel time to the destination, and active nature or the trip, this may be one to save for later. Lying on the beach may be more your speed. However, Zika has made the more convenient beaches off limits for the pregnant set. Fear not! There's still lots of great places you can go.
If you're looking for beaches, Bermuda is just a quick flight from the East Coast or you can head to Southern California and Hawaii. The Southwest is another great alternative for those looking to relax in warmer clients (hello Sedona spas). Canada has some beautiful scenery and bustling cities that are a short flight away on both the East and West Coast. If you're willing to travel a little further, Europe is always a great place to explore.
Are you ever really that comfortable on a red eye flight in coach? I know I'm not. Whether you're traveling in coach or first class, you should get up and walk around every 1-2 hours. You should also do some stretches in your seat or the galley. This all helps reduce the risk of blood clots.
It is recommended to wear loose, flowing clothing but you should also look into a pair of compression socks or tights too. Also try to prop your feet up on your sweetie or even slightly elevate them on your bag under the seat in front of you. These actions help to reduce swelling (one of those fun pregnancy side affects whether your in the air or on the ground).
Bulkhead seats are great because they give you more legroom and are often closer to the bathroom. However, keep in mind that the armrests in the bulkhead row are often immovable. That sometimes makes the seat slightly more narrow and sleeping on your significant other more challenging.
You're told to increase your fluid intake all the time when pregnant. It's especially important before flying as the cabin dehydrates you. It's also recommended to avoid foods that make you gassy like beans and broccoli. The high altitude causes the gas to expand in your stomach. I speak from the personal experience of a painful bubble sitting just below my sternum for a few hours on a transatlantic flight. Ugh. I wish I had thought about my preflight meal a bit more.
The 2nd trimester is often considered the best time to travel when pregnant. The morning sickness and extreme fatigue from the 1st trimester has waned (hopefully) but you're still more mobile and comfortable than you will be in your 3rd trimester.
While people are aware of the restrictions on flying during the final month of pregnancy, many do not realize that cruise ships have an earlier cutoff for pregnant travelers. Many cruise lines do not allow passengers that have entered (or will have by the end of the voyage) their 24th week to board the ship. People have been turned away at the dock so please plan carefully if you're thinking of taking a cruise.
Always remember to check with your healthcare provider when planning your baby moon as they will know what is best for you. Then remind them at your appointment before the trip to get final clearance and any suggestions about food and travel (they have a lot of experience in this area).
Take it easy! My husband and I are big walkers. We covered a lot of ground in Budapest but planned more cafe breaks and trips back to the hotel for naps. The naps were key to still enjoying the trip while taking care of myself and my baby. Don't try to do too much and you'll have a great time!