New moms and dads benefit emotionally and physically from a babymoon, which is a vacation that is designed to help them refresh, rejuvenate and reconnect romantically before or after the baby arrives. Read on to learn more.
Coined in a manner similar to the ever-popular honeymoon, the term “babymoon” refers to vacations that are pre- or post-natal getaways for the new mom and dad. In North America, it is more common for the new mom and dad to take a last hurrah holiday together before the baby arrives. In Europe, where maternal and paternal work leaves are extremely generous, it is very common for the new mom and dad to take a holiday with the baby after he or she arrives. Either way, babymoon getaways help new parents adjust to their new roles in a refreshing and rejuvenating location.
There are a variety of resort locations across the country and around the world that offer a wide range of babymoon packages. Whether you are looking for a tropical destination for a romantic holiday to reconnect with your spouse or a cozy weekend retreat in the mountains to get to know your newborn, your every wish can be catered to.
Talk to your obstetrician or gynecologist about the best and safest time to travel. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists claims healthy moms can safely fly throughout their pregnancy. However, the second trimester is usually deemed the safest and no new mom wants to be halfway around the world away from her obstetrician if the baby decides to come early. As such, if you are planning a prenatal vacation, it is important to keep a few factors including your health, the progress of your pregnancy, and how far you want to travel in mind. Generally speaking, the further you want to go, the earlier you should go.
Babymoon packages generally include prenatal massage and pampering as well as a variety of other relaxing and romantic amenities. Prenatal yoga classes, Lamaze breathing workshops, breakfast in bed, and a variety of aesthetic services help the expectant mom and dad look their best. Many couples find they are driven apart during the pregnancy as they are preoccupied with different tasks preparing for the baby’s arrival. Pregnancy can be a stressful and uncomfortable time for many women. Husbands and fathers can use the getaway to romantically reconnect to their glowing spouse and fall in love with them all over again.
If the new parents decide to take their getaway after the baby arrives, there are a host of resorts willing to pamper the new family. Forget about making dinner, doing the dishes, vacuuming the mess the dog left, or checking the mail. Leave all of your household responsibilities behind and spend time getting to know your new little family member. A postnatal holiday can help new dads adjust to their role while supporting the mother’s sleepless nights and endless feedings.
All in all, new babies are a gift! Celebrate the blessing in your life with renewed energy and a memorable vacation for you and your family.