Congratulations! You are about to become a new mom! The pregnancy test has confirmed it. Maybe you are feeling queasy in that morning sickness kind of way or maybe you are starting to experience a serious baby bump and just can’t eat enough. Whatever the physical manifestations of your pregnancy are at this point, you are no doubt feeling excited, a little nervous and fidgety all at the same time.
Along with the realization and planning of pregnancy and the whole idea of caring for another human being that will be totally dependent on you and, of course, simply adorable, your body is also undergoing radical changes inside and out. If it feels like an alien has taken up permanent residence in your body, you are completely right as your brain and body are experiencing a tremendous surge of hormones that makes everything that once seemed normal and rational is suddenly feels completely topsy-turvy and unpredictable. Often two opposing emotions and impulses co-exist without logical explanation. You can feel both fatigued and overcome with a nesting instinct all at the same time. Queasy and craving some weird food combination that would usually make you nauseous. You may feel the impulse to stay home while secretly pining to escape far away with your hubby, all at once. Not to worry, this is completely normal, just know you are feeling and behaving in a way that is not at all unusual for a woman expecting a baby, although not everyone admits it to their non-pregnant non-alien inhabited friends and family.
During this crazy and exciting time, it is a good idea to plan at least one peaceful getaway with your significant other before the baby arrives. Much like your honeymoon after you got married, the babymoon is a fully recommended trip to take with your loved one before the baby arrives. Yes, emphasis is on before, because any trip you take after your baby arrives will be a different sort of vacation than the one you will take before. Also to note, not “before” as in your very last weeks of pregnancy as that baby may just decide to come earlier than planned as babies don’t always cooperate with your specific timetable.
Any variety of a getaway trip qualifies for a babymoon. Whether you go on an extravagant beach vacation across the globe or explore an unfamiliar nook town around the corner over a long weekend at a cute B&B, it all qualifies. The important thing is that you plan it, get away, leave your work at home and enjoy some uninterrupted R&R with your hubby. Literally cast your cares, mute your phone and practice not looking at it for long periods of time. You may find you learn how to really mentally get away and unwind again.
Whatever the location, a babymoon is a great time to bond with your hubby and your unborn baby. You can capture some beautiful relaxed pics of your baby bump that you can share with your future child someday and some fabulous couple pics to commemorate this special time in your lives.
If you are able to choose a seaside or even a poolside getaway, remember to pack a maternity swimsuit that actually fits and that you will feel beautiful and sexy in as you relax. It’s also a good idea to bring a maternity cover-up for those moments when you just want an extra layer that you can also easily peel off. Swimming some gentle laps in the pool or wading barefoot along the beach tide is a great way to unwind and focus on all the good in your life as you bottle this moment in time.
Some couples choose this special time to pick a name or names for the baby and mentally process the exciting idea of a family of three (or four if you are expecting multiples). Maybe thinking of goals for the future and fun family vacations you can do as a family someday. Bring your journal and brainstorm! You can share these thoughts and memories again in the future and maybe you will want to do a yearly pilgrimage to your special babymoon place!