The popularity of Babymoons (a couple’s holiday or break during the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy) has really increased over recent years. After the last 12 months of restrictions, lockdowns and staying safe at home, many couples will be heading off for their first ever babymoon this summer and enjoying their last bit of freedom before baby arrives.
But are babymoons worth it? Is this something that a couple should be considering during pregnancy or is it simply an unnecessary expense at an already expensive time?
In my opinion, babymoons are definitely worth the investment and they really don’t need to be extravagant to be enjoyable. Here are 10 reasons why you should book that babymoon!
- A chance to reconnect with your partner – It’s fair to say that when a baby arrives, your opportunities for undisturbed one-on-one time with your partner will be dramatically reduced. A babymoon is a great opportunity to talk with your partner about your hopes, fears, worries and plans for parenthood and discuss your thoughts and feelings about the months to follow.
- Relax & rejuvenate – A babymoon is the ideal to get some much-needed R&R. You can not only ensure you both get a good night’s sleep, but fully rest and relax and wave goodbye to the pressures or stresses of normal everyday life. You can also enjoy the luxury of someone else cooking meals for you, without having to even think about the piles of washing up that follow!
- Adventure – Many couples see their babymoon as a last hurrah – visiting places or having experiences which might be more challenging once baby arrives. Whilst some options will be off the cards in the 3rd trimester, you can still enjoy hikes or walks, adults only resorts or even boat trips and tick a few things off the bucket list as you go!
- Think of number one – In reality, this will be (at least one of) the last holidays where you can focus entirely on YOU and your partner – without having to think about a third person’s needs and schedule to fit around. You can do things at a time that suits you, for as long as you like and enjoy some of the freedoms which may become more of a rarity going forwards.
- Keep the romance alive – A babymoon is a great way to rekindle some romance in your relationship, regain that spark and remember why you fell in love in the first place. As well as some romantic dinners and moonlit walks before bed, this is also a great chance to be intimate and alone together before you have a bed invader joining you between the sheets!
- Photoshoots – Babymoons in a remote, idyllic location or with beautiful outdoor surroundings can create the ideal backdrop for some memorable maternity photoshoots, helping capture the memories of you and your bump during the final stages of your pregnancy. Either ask your partner to take these for you, ask someone to capture the moment or even take a tripod and a timer! They will be lovely memories to look back on.
- Get away from the attention – The last few months of pregnancy can be overwhelming with all the advice and attention from well-meaning friends and family. If you’re feeling anxious or nervous about your impending labor or parenthood, escaping for a while to a place with ‘limited mobile reception’ can be a great chance to switch off and stay off grid for a while.
- Last but not least, peace and quiet – a babymoon is an ideal way to embrace some calm, tranquil peace and quiet. Sitting reading a book overlooking the sea or eating breakfast on the balcony in peace. When baby arrives, everything gets a lot more NOISY, so enjoy the silence whilst you can.