Babymoon Advice – Has anybody taken a babymoon or vacationed while pregnant?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We took several shorter domestic trips up until the third trimester, but our big babymoon was nearly a month in Europe (France/Italy/Croatia/Greece) in November, when I was 21-24 weeks. It was originally a belated 10-year anniversary trip, but turned into a babymoon when we found out I was pregnant.

It was perfect timing, I felt great. Weather was probably cooler than most people would like (especially in Paris/the Loire Valley), but Darling Husband and I both love cooler temps, so it worked out great for us. Only real downside was I didn’t look pregnant at all so people kept asking us if we were on our honeymoon instead! ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

My friends went to Belize when she was 6 or 7 months pregnant.  I think you want to have a relatively short flight if possible, and plenty of time to relax.

I’m 8.5 weeks pregnant and we’re going to Portugal for 2 weeks, on Sunday!  Trip was planned before I got pregnant…  Luckily I feel pretty decent, although I’m anxious that that means that something is wrong – first ultrasound this Thursday.  The main downside is that I can’t drink Spanish wine and eat ALL the seafood, and I’m not so sure about the whale-watching trip we had planned, but we’re excited to get in one last international trip before the baby changes things!  Our work are both really busy in the summer so we won’t be able to do a later babymoon.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Second trimester is probably your best bet. Morning sickness and fatigue will have hopefully worn off, energy levels back up, and you aren’t hugely uncomfortable yet. 

We went to Disney World when I was 18 weeks pregnant…had the tripped already planned before I was pregnant, so it wasn’t my first choice for a babymoon but just kind of worked out that way. I probably wouldn’t recommend there just because there are so many rides you can’t do while pregnant, so that’s not really my idea of a good time lol. 

Some place where you can have the option to keep things low key and relaxed if you want or need to is good. Personally I’d also take into consideration the distance away from home (long flight or car ride doesn’t sound appealing to me although I know others have done it without issue). 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We’ve done a couple trips while pregnant.  For me, I was sick the first 8-10 weeks, and then I’m always uncomfortable the last 2-3 mos, so second trimester has been the sweet spot.  I agree with everyone else- relaxing is the key.  Post kids, I’d kill for some beach time where I can just read a book or sleep in without needing to get up to take care of someone else so go somewhere relaxing and enjoy!!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

We want to have a babymoon too!  We got engaged in August and planned our wedding for January 2019.  Then we found out that we’re baking a pre-marital bun, due in October.  We probably won’t be able to take a honeymoon with a three-month-old so we’d like to do something before the baby comes.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

My SIL flew from New Hampshire to Hawaii when she was in her second trimester. She had to walk every hour on the flight, so she didn’t get much sleep while traveling. She also couldn’t go in the hot tub or do any of the big expeditions, but she said she had a really good time lounging by the pool/beach and just hanging out for 10 days. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

We are planning our babymoon when I am 27 weeks to Great Smokey Mountain National park. Most of what I saw/read suggested mid-second trimester to go, late enough you feel better but not so close to due that you feel like a blimp. 

We are going camping and plan to do short hikes and walking stuff. Less adventurous than we normally do for vacation but I figure we can do more if I feel like it, or set up our camp chairs and enjoy sitting by the river at our campsite if I dont. 

We really aren’t “sit on the beach and do nothing” people so for us, that narrowed down the traditional babymoon locations. We also decided against a big, expensive international trip right before baby just due to cost. So we decided to go somewhere we hadn’t been but was also a fairly reasonable drive distance. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

bluecutie00 :  Sure. I traveled a bunch while pregnant (Washington, Utah, Colorado, Hawaii) and never had any problems. With my second baby, we went to Hawaii when I was 34-35 weeks. You can go anywhere you feel comfortable (I mean, I wouldn’t go to Everest base camp, or places with malaria or Zika, or that are politically unstable….). 

1) Anywhere, pretty much….

2) Like others have said, second trimester is usually when you’re the most comfortable and feel the best, but you can usually go anytime before 36 weeks unless something comes up.

3) Compression socks are great for the plane, drink lots of water, and have fun!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I wish the word ‘babymoon’ didn’t have to be a thing. Anuyway, sorry about that – your question!

After 2 late 2nd trimester losses I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable traveling overseas while pregnant…but I know heaps of people that do it and have no issues whatsoever and a lovely time.

2nd trimester is the safest time to do a trip in terms of how you’re feeling and the risk of miscarriage goes way down. If you are nauseated you might struggle with a long plane ride, and it can be uncomfortable if you are getting up to pee a lot – request an aisle seat. I would go somewhere where there is lots to do and see – shopping, museums, shows, bands, etc. as a lot of holidays can revolve around drinks and that is quite boring for someone pregnant! When I was pregnant Darling Husband and I stayed in some lovely local hotels. It was simple and fun experiencing our own city as tourists. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We travelled to Moscow (found out the morning of the flight I was pregnant – that was a nauseating flight) and Miami (2nd trimester) and I’d say the 2nd trimester is a better time to travel. Stay clear of Zika and choose a low risk/impact travel itinerary. After traveling a lot through Europe while not pregnant and having the experience of traveling while pregnant Id say that even though I didn’t do it myself I think it’s a nice destination for this type of thing. Oh and get some compression socks for the flight and stay hydrated!

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

bluecutie00 :  well thanks, but no congrats warranted—we got together as teenagers so we better still look young and fabulous for a long long while.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

bluecutie00 :  

Crumb and I are doing well.  I’m having my ultrasound today so Fiance and I will finally be able to see it ๐Ÿ™‚

Definitely somewhere tropical.  We wanted Thailand for our honeymoon but, now being pregnant, 21 straight hours of travel sounds like an absolutely terrible idea.  The Northern Lights have been on my bucket list since I knew what they were but I doubt Fiance will want to go somewhere cold. 

My mom told us to use one of the getaways that she has as part of her timeshare to save money and stay somewhere nice.  I think that’s a nice idea so we’ll probably go through the book to see where we can stay. 

How about you?  Have you picked a spot yet? 

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