And baby makes three

Plan a ro­man­tic get­away be­fore your life changes for­ever

Warwick Daily News - - HOME - with Jody Allen Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stay­ath­ome­mum.com.au

BABYMOON… also known as your last hol­i­day with just you two. You bet­ter make the most of it.

Your lit­tle one is about to ar­rive. With it comes the jug­gling act of a life­time.

In be­tween ren­o­vat­ing the nurs­ery, buy­ing the baby gear, com­plet­ing any pro­jects at work and at­tend­ing doc­tor ap­point­ments, you may feel com­pletely over­whelmed by the up­com­ing ar­rival.

This is why many par­ents-to-be de­cide the prime time to get away for a babymoon is be­fore the birth of their baby.

Look for last-minute hol­i­day pack­age deals and try to book dur­ing the low sea­son.

Most cou­ples choose to take their babymoon dur­ing the sec­ond trimester when you are over the morn­ing sick­ness stage but not quite at the un­com­fort­able stage.

You don’t have to go far for the best babymoon. In fact, you shouldn’t. Leave the trips over­seas for an­other time (when you are ready to fly as a fam­ily) and opt for a hol­i­day closer to home.

Most air­lines won’t let you fly when you are in your third trimester just in case you go into labour.

In­stead, look for cheap flights in a city close to you or plan a short ro­man­tic drive to your weekend love nest.

A bed and break­fast nes­tled in the val­ley, a hol­i­day unit on the beach, or a honey­moon suite in the moun­tains can all pro­vide that ul­tra-exclusive, re­sort-style preg­nancy hol­i­day with­out break­ing the bank or cramp­ing your back.

An­other thing to re­mem­ber is that you will want to be close to a good hospi­tal, just in case some­thing were to go wrong.

If you are go­ing over­seas, make sure you triple check that your in­sur­ance car­rier cov­ers your preg­nancy as well as the pos­si­ble birth of your baby.

Only a few in­sur­ance car­ri­ers will of­fer this so shop around and ask.

When it comes to plan­ning the per­fect babymoon, make sure you choose ac­tiv­i­ties that are preg­nancy-friendly.

You might want to save that three-day moun­tain trek un­til next sum­mer. More preg­nancy-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude light hikes, pic­nic walks or snorkelling dur­ing the day, fol­lowed by his and her mas­sages, pri­vate din­ners, hot co­coa and star gaz­ing at night.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

◗ Make the most of your last re­main­ing time alone to­gether with a babymoon.

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name the new­comer.

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