Tak­ing time our be­fore baby ar­rives

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When we found out we were preg­nant with our first child, amongst the ela­tion of friends and fam­ily came the ques­tions that you’d ex­pect: ‘Do you know if it’s a boy or girl?’; ‘When’s your due date?’; ‘How are you feel­ing?’. One ques­tion that sur­prised us had to do with moons – of the baby va­ri­ety. I didn’t re­alise there was a word cre­ated around the idea of book­ing a last hur­rah with hubby be­fore two be­came three. Af­ter weeks of morn­ing sick­ness rear­ing its head in the form of me feel­ing per­pet­u­ally hun­gover and ex­hausted, and in ad­di­tion to see­ing the chilly haze of win­ter’s grey ap­proach­ing, go­ing some­where ex­otic far from the ev­ery­day be­fore life dras­ti­cally changed sounded per­fect. So, co­in­cid­ing with my 26th week, Dino and I booked a four-hour flight to north­ern Aus­tralia and started plan­ning sail­ing day cruises. As ev­ery woman dis­cov­ers dur­ing her first preg­nancy, although there is plenty of ‘sure things’ to ex­pect, it’s also wise to ex­pect the un­ex­pected. For us, we were sur­prised when we were told I had a low-ly­ing pla­centa dur­ing my 20-week scan – a con­di­tion where the pla­centa is near or cov­ers the cervix. Given that in most cases the pla­centa moves up the uterus dur­ing preg­nancy, we fig­ured I would be amongst that 90 per cent. But, a 25-week scan showed that the pla­centa hadn’t moved. Sub­se­quently, our doc­tor ad­vised against our go­ing. Be­ing far from a hospi­tal with this

con­di­tion could be a risk to both our un­born baby and me – and the near­est hospi­tal to our des­ti­na­tion was more than an hour away. We both tried to talk our doc­tor around given my healthy track record, as­sur­ing her we’d take ev­ery pre­cau­tion, but got in the car af­ter our ap­point­ment and agreed it was bet­ter to be safe than sorry. We can­celled our $1800 flights, our ho­tels and rental car and felt sorry for our­selves. Turns out, not go­ing was the best de­ci­sion we could have made as the fol­low­ing week (when we would’ve been snorkelling in trop­i­cal wa­ters) I had a bleed. Need­less to say, the 15-minute drive to the hospi­tal was one of the long­est rides of my life and af­ter two nights be­ing closely mon­i­tored we ar­rived home grate­ful that both our un­born child and I were OK, and that our doc­tor had given us such wise guid­ance. Af­ter the scare, we fig­ured that the fur­thest from home we’d go as ex­pec­tant par­ents was to work and to the movies, but our doc­tor sug­gested we look at an al­ter­na­tive trip – some­where in New Zealand. A few days in lux­ury where we could be pam­pered to­gether away from the ev­ery­day grind. She didn’t have to men­tion it twice. We got on­line and booked a long week­end away in the coun­try, where the only thing we had to do was re­lax. And re­lax­ing is ex­actly what we did.

How to book a pre-baby break

Your life is about to change in a big way. Or­gan­is­ing a pre-baby break calls for plenty of plan­ning, es­pe­cially if you’re ven­tur­ing far from home. When to go: The sec­ond trimester (1824 weeks) is the ideal time for an es­cape, given this is when you usu­ally feel your best. Af­ter 28 weeks many air­lines re­quire a let­ter from your LMC al­low­ing you to fly, and some won’t let you fly later in the third trimester. Be­sides po­ten­tial health im­pli­ca­tions, the later you are in your preg­nancy, the more un­com­fort­able long hauls will be. Where to go: Other than places that have health con­cerns (such as those where the Zika virus, yel­low fever or malaria are found) you don’t have to avoid des­ti­na­tions as long as you’re pre­pared for each lo­ca­tion sit­u­a­tion and how that can af­fect your preg­nancy. Be aware of the lo­cal cui­sine as you’ll be more lim­ited in what you can eat and drink – fresh iced tea from food stalls in Thai­land would be off lim­its, as would many mar­ket stalls. And even if you’re an ad­ven­ture junkie and up for any­thing, you might not be able (or as in­clined) to in­dulge in as wide a range of ac­tiv­i­ties – not just paraglid­ing or deep-sea div­ing. Sun-drenched days on the beach make for a favourite babymoon es­cape. Stay hy­drated with a con­stant wa­ter bot­tle com­pan­ion, use sun­screen (as preg­nant skin is more sen­si­tive to the sun) and stay cov­ered in mos­quito-rid­den ar­eas or wear bug spray – ex­pec­tant moth­ers are more sus­cep­ti­ble to dis­eases they may carry. Long hauls: On long flights wear com­pres­sion stock­ings, drink lots of wa­ter and stretch your legs of­ten to avoid deep-vein throm­bo­sis. Book an aisle seat in case you have to use the toi­let of­ten and to walk around the cabin. If you’re trav­el­ling by car, stop reg­u­larly to boost your blood flow, push your seat back as far as pos­si­ble and wear your seat­belt low, un­der your belly bump.

Melissa and Dino en­joy­ing Matauri Bay.

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