Although the babymoon phenomenon is relatively new, it is becoming increasingly popular. Therefore, we would like to show you what options are available to expectant mothers and what to look out for on a holiday with a baby bump!
But, what you should also not forget: For the father-to-be, the babymoon is also a great opportunity to get used to the pregnancy and the upcoming birth. He can prepare himself for his new role as a father and learn how to best support his partner during pregnancy and birth. In addition, a babymoon can also help the father-to-be to relieve stress and relax. This is important because stress can be a factor that negatively affects the pregnancy and can have an impact on the well-being of the mother and the baby.
What is a babymoon?
The term “babymoon” comes from the English term “honeymoon”, which means “honeymoon”. This means that not only the much sought-after honeymoon but also a trip during pregnancy can be at least as wonderful.
Originally, this term was used to describe the first holiday after the birth of a child, during which the parents spend time with the newborn, grow together, and become one family. For some years now, however, babymoon has had a completely new meaning in the tourism industry: the term stands for holidays during pregnancy – and this type of holiday is becoming more and more popular. The idea behind the babymoon is that couples can spend time together and prepare for the upcoming birth before their lives are completely turned upside down with a new family member. It is also a chance to relax together and mentally prepare for the new responsibility
Tips for a holiday as a pregnant woman
You don’t just want to have a spa or lie around lazily during your pregnancy? Would you rather go to the beach in Croatia or even get more action? That’s no problem during pregnancy – as long as you follow certain rules. First of all, you should always have your mother-child passport with you during your entire pregnancy! It is also important for all pregnant women with travel plans to consider the right time to travel, choose the appropriate means of transport, and be well-informed about health risks and the health system in the destination country. It is definitely advisable to talk to your gynecologist before you go on holiday to find out what you should look out for and what your current state of health is. But if everything is OK, nothing can stop you.
A compact summary of tips for your babymoon:
- Take enough time for planning: with the large selection of hotels, you should take your time to go through and compare the wellness offers. Tip: Often there are already special babymoon packages.
- Take important documents with you: Don’t forget your mother-child passport and e-card!
- First-aid kit: check with a gynaecologist before you travel to find out what medicines you should pack.
- Choose the right destination: ideal destinations are those that can be reached quickly, with few hours by plane and short car journeys. The Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera near Zadar, Croatia, would be an ideal destination. Exotic countries should be avoided due to infection risks (e.g. with dengue fever, Zika virus, malaria, or hepatitis).
- Get enough exercise during the trip: take many breaks during car journeys, get up, and walk around again and again during flights.
- Avoid whirlpools: there is an increased risk of infection in the water due to the rapid multiplication of germs.
- Do not engage in extreme sports: it is best to avoid climbing, quad biking, water sports, etc. because of the risk of falling and injury. You should also avoid skiing or snowboarding if your babymoon takes place in winter.
- Don’t take a sauna that is too hot: choose saunas that are less hot so that you don’t overload your circulation.
The best time to travel during pregnancy
Being plagued by morning sickness on holiday is not much nicer than having to endure it at home. That’s why a holiday between the 18th and 24th week of pregnancy is considered the best time to travel. In addition, you are not yet carrying around too many extra pounds, which becomes increasingly burdensome as the pregnancy progresses. But not all pregnant women suffer from the dreaded morning sickness. Many doctors even advocate taking a holiday in the first trimester of pregnancy, because at this time you can still put your body under normal strain. This is especially advisable for active women.
A holiday in the last trimester is only recommended to a limited extent. On the one hand, the large belly and perhaps swollen feet are often a nuisance, so mobility is reduced and sensitivity to heat is increased. Secondly, there is the possibility of premature birth at the holiday destination. If you are going on holiday in the last three months of your pregnancy, it is advisable to find the contact details of a local gynaecologist in advance – if anything happens, you will be in good hands on holiday.
Where to go on a babymoon?
Thanks to the many offers, of which there seem to be more and more over the years, babymoon no longer requires complicated planning. The hotels that offer such a holiday for parents-to-be are usually well-prepared for their guests. The Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera in Croatia or the Falkensteiner Hotel Montafon is ideal for baby mooning par excellence.