You and your significant other are going to be walking down the aisle in a few months and you couldn’t be more excited. To add to the list of celebrations, you recently found out that the two of you are expecting. Though this does create an added layer of concerns when planning your upcoming nuptials and preparing for the arrival of your baby, you’ve somehow managed this far.
Now, you’re getting ready to plan your honeymoon. Only, you realize that your honeymoon will double as your babymoon. It will essentially be your first romantic trip as man and wife and your last trip before you become parents! Of course, you want everything to come out amazing, so here are some honeymoon/babymoon planning tips to keep in mind.
Get the Doctor’s Approval
Before you begin planning your honeymoon/babymoon, it’s imperative to get the approval of your doctor. You want to ensure that it is safe for you to travel. Ideally, planning a honeymoon/babymoon between 14-24 weeks is best. This is so your romantic trip isn’t interrupted by morning sickness early in the pregnancy or by a big belly and travel restrictions later in the pregnancy.
Choose a New Destination
Once the doctor has given you approval (or approval with restrictions), you’re ready to pick the destination. Keeping the many changes you go through during pregnancy in mind, you may want to opt for a destination that’s romantic, relaxing, and fun, but also easy to get to. For example, taking a 20-hour road trip or an international flight with several layovers may not be ideal. Not to mention, should something happen while you’re away, you don’t want to be too far away from your doctors.
Decide on Activities Wisely
When it comes to deciding what you’ll do on your honeymoon/babymoon, give your activities some thought as it pertains to your current health and the common discomforts of pregnancy. For example, hiking a rigorous mountain may be something you both want to try, but it’s not ideal for expectant mothers. Perhaps looking for a shorter and easy path to hike or having a picnic in a national park is a better idea.
If you planned on walking the boardwalk, perhaps renting a motorized chair would be ideal in case the mom-to-be gets tired. Plan some relaxation activities as well. The next few months of your life and beyond are going to be busy, this might be the only time you’re able to get some real rest for a while. Schedule a spa day, a relaxing lounge by the beach, or a soothing dip in the pool.
Celebrate Your Pregnancy
You’ve got a lot to celebrate on your honeymoon. Especially since you’re also celebrating the fact that you’ll be parents soon. Do something on your babymoon/honeymoon to celebrate your pregnancy. You and your partner can make a cool pregnancy announcement video, go shopping at chic boutiques for baby items, find out the sex of your baby using a Chinese gender chart, or reveal the news using these creative gender reveal ideas. As a word of precaution, just be sure not to share any photos or videos from your honeymoon/babymoon until you’ve returned home safely to avoid drawing attention to the fact that your house is unoccupied.
Don't Forget the Romance
Last but not least, don’t forget to plan for a lot of romance. Not only are you two newlyweds but you’re about to be parents. Though there will be time for date nights and quality time, when you have kids, it’s a lot more challenging. So, take this time to really connect with each other on a deeper level. Don’t be afraid to pull out all the stops. Request that the room be staged with candles and rose petals, order a romantic dinner for two, have massages in your room, sit out on the deck or patio and enjoy a virgin drink together, just do things that help you to fall in love all over again.
Having a baby and planning a wedding around the same time is a lot of work. It adds certain elements to planning everything from the date and attire to the reception menu options and honeymoon. After getting through all that, it’s only right that you take the time to plan a honeymoon/babymoon that the two of you won’t soon forget.