Post # 1
My husband and I first laughed when we heard the term but then decided it’s a really good idea! We went back and forth over where to go for a while (he’s more of a big-city-sightseeing kind of vacationer whereas I thought a babymoon should be about relaxing and taking it easy) but we finally decided on Turks & Caicos. We’re going in a couple of weeks and I’m really excited!! Anybody else doing a babymoon? And, if so, when do you think the ideal time in pregnancy is?
Post # 3
Yes, yes, yes! When we got married, we agreed on a mountain honeymoon and then beach during the winter sometime.
At 28 weeks, we’ll be going to Tulum, Mexico to view the Mayan ruins, bask in the sun and relax and enjoy ourselves before our young Lemon changes life forever!
Hurray for the babymoon!
Post # 4
Yes! we are figuring out where now…I am torn between something in Mexico or similar type place and Italy (where I could enjoy the food ….but not the wine 🙁 )
where have others considered/gone? What is a good fun thing to do when you can’t drink and may not be as active as normal?
Post # 5
Janna- one piece of advice about Italy. There are very different NICU policies there than in the US. Parents are allowed to see any baby in the NICU only once a day, and the Italian doctors are very reticent to allow a transfer of a premature baby from their hospitals to the US.
I only bring this up, because we considered various health care systems of the places we considered visiting in the unlikely event that I went into premature labor or had complications. It’s ultimately why we decided we had to bag the Cuba trip. They just don’t have the neonatal equipment needed to help a 28 week infant survive.
The Italian health care system is first rate, but you’d be locked into a long stay if your baby happened to present early. (Just something to think about… I know that I way over thought this when we were deciding!)
Post # 6
Mrs DG- wow, thanks so much for that! I never even considered that before. Do you have any idea what timing is even possible for a preemie? IF we went around 20-25 weeks is that even an issue?
presume you feel better about the mexican health care system since that is where you are going! sounds like a fun trip – we might copy 🙂 oh and we call ours the blueberry – its funny how everyone seems to pick a different fruit/nut
Post # 7
In the US, the general consensus for resuscitation is that it is reasonable to start at 24 weeks. At 24 weeks, babies have a 50% chance of survival and 50% of those babies have lifelong issues from prematurity…
Here is the link to one AAP publication (warning, it’s technical… I couldn’t find any lay papers that adequately addressed the subject).
I felt very good about the Mexican system being able to resuscitate a 28 week infant. Many outlying hospitals in the US with minimal equipment do a great job with 28 weekers… Though I’d rather have this baby cook all the way to full term!
Before 24 weeks, I’d say you could probably go anywhere you want (since the baby is not quite at the age of viability) but after 24 weeks, you want somewhere that is going to have a great NICU (and the willingness to resuscitate a 24 week preterm infant!) I’m not sure what the cut-offs are in places like England, Sweden and other European countries, so it’s worth looking into. I’m fairly confident that Italy does resuscitate at 25 weeks, because of a child that I know.
***Keep in mind that this is NOT medical advice, but just the thoughts of an also-pregnant mom to be!***
Post # 8
We started planning a babymoon to the Bay area in February (we live like 4 hours away and my husband’s never been!), but ended up cancelling our hotel last weekend. Truthfully, I still have “bad days” and throw up alot, and I’m not entirely sure that’ll be gone by February.
Instead what we’re doing is staying a little closer to home and planning some day trips. Valentine’s Day weekend, we are going to a town half an hour away for a tour of the Starbucks bean factory, and then driving another hour to a little historic town in Nevada. We’ll stay at a bed and breakfast overnight, and do some touristy things the next day before leaving for home. This way, if I feel terrible, we won’t feel guilty for going home early. 🙂 I was a little disappointed about cancelling our original plans, but we went to Monterey earlier this winter (when I was still really sick), and it took me like 2 weeks to recover. I don’t want to repeat that.
Post # 9
Oh and don’t forget to get travel insurance for international travel! We’re looking into it today 🙂
Post # 10
Ha. I think we’re going to aim on a trip every month between now and the baby. Most are already planned in with friends – so they aren’t really ‘babymoons’ – but we are definitely going to live it up 🙂 We like to travel.
So far a local ski trip in Jan, a week in Telluride in Feb (I will not be snowboarding on this one) (also crossing my fingers this MS will be gone by then!), hubby is going to Tampa for work in Mar and I’ll prob join him, April we’re heading to Nashville to cheer some friends on the half marathon, May is open right now, and June we’re looking at heading to Vermont with the local cycling club (of course I won’t be cycling – but they have outlet malls!).
We’d like to take an actual vacation just us and are thinking about Austin TX right now. Maybe NOLA since hubby has never been there. That’ll be the official ‘babymoon’.
We did also take a big ‘pre responsibility’ trip last year. Spent 3 weeks in Thailand which was awesome.
Post # 11
We plan to take a babymoon in May, but we’re not sure where yet. Maybe Gatlinburg. We don’t want to go too far away or to somewhere too expensive, but we are really excited!
DG- We went to Tulum on our honeymoon. It was amazing!!! We stayed at the Dreams Tulum resort and everyone was so super nice there. We took a day trip to see the Mayan ruins and that was really neat. Have fun!!!!
Post # 12
@jilian we live in Austin now and DH is from NOLA if you need any help planning!
Also, just wanted to make sure people to research on altitude and pregnancy. My dad really wanted me to go to Vail, and I said NO WAY.
I’m also pretty paranoid about int’l travel while pregnant, due to the germies and having a sensitive gut anyway, so we’ll probably do a philly/NYC trip. I’ve never been to NYC and we have friends in Philly who we can hopefully stay w/. Nothing planned yet, though.
Luckily DH and I went to Italy in October for my 30th, so that was our pre-TTC-moon. 😉
Post # 13
Septbride- if you have any other suggestions, I’m all ears!!!
Post # 14
We’re doing a pre-babymoon- last big trip before giving pregnancy a shot. Paris in July, here we come!