21 Jun 2017

Why All Parents-To-Be Should Go On A Babymoon

What the heck is a ‘babymoon’ I hear you ask?

Well, up until several months ago, I didn’t know myself. It was only when I was discussing possible holiday plans with a pal that she said "oh, like a babymoon?"
"Err, a what now?"

She explained that babymoon is basically just the cringey term for a last hurrah getaway for parents-to-be before they welcome their new family addition. Like a honeymoon but y’know, with less alcohol and sex and more naps and general relaxation with your boo (eurgh, can’t believe I just used that word).

Anyway yes, at the end of last month Ed and I went on our babymoon. We had toyed with the idea for some time - is it selfish/stupid to spend money on a trip away when there's so much baby-related stuff still to pay for? Is it worth it?

Well, I'm here to tell y'all that it is, well was, 100% worth it. In fact, I urge all you Mums and Dad's in the making to set some time, and a little bit of money aside to go on a babymoon. You won't regret it, promise.

Why go on a babymoon?

First and foremost - because you can. This is the last, I repeat, the LAST opportunity you have as a twosome to switch off and get away, ever. Even in a year or so when you have a willing babysitter to have your sprog whilst you gallivant off, you'll never be able to let go completely. As a parent, there will always be that niggling part of your brain occupied with thoughts and worries about your offspring.

To reconnect with your other half. The stresses and strains that pregnancy puts on both body and mind is inevitably felt by both parties. A babymoon is the ideal opportunity to remind yourselves what you love about each other and why you're perfect together.

I have a habit of distancing myself from Ed when feeling less-than-rosy (quite frequently during this pregnancy) and whilst he understands, we both felt the benefits of dedicating some time to reconnect before bubba makes his appearance.

In fact, we got off that plane feeling more united and stronger than ever. Handy, as we're gonna need to work as a team to get through those tough first few months of parenthood. 

To recharge those batteries. Whether it's due to disturbing dreams, the protruding bump getting in the way or general aches and pains, getting enough sleep can be problematic during pregnancy. Time away from the daily grind to rest up and catch some z's was much needed. 

If you're like me and struggle with feelings of guilt if you nap instead of doing something more productive, a babymoon is essential for this reason alone. You can't physically do housework if you're not at home, right?

To let reality sink in. When you're pregnant and still going about your normal daily routine of work, socialising, LIVING etc. it's difficult to accept that your life is about to drastically change. 

The reality that I'm going to be a Mum only really hit me when I was forced to step away from it all and reflect.

Our getaway also offered up the perfect opportunity for Ed and I to discuss everything baby-related. What needs to be done before he arrives, how we're gonna raise him, literally everything

When to go

To squeeze the most out of a babymoon, you want to go at a time where you will really reap the benefits of doing sweet FA but also before you reach the waddling around, could-potentially-drop-at-any minute stage. So, ideally around 6 months into your pregnancy.
Make sure you check out travel restrictions before you go though, as if you're going somewhere that requires flying, you'll need to check airline restrictions beforehand.

Where to go

A babymoon can be as inexpensive or expensive as you like, or can afford. Initially we were going to book a little seaside break in the UK but then I came across a deal for Lake Garda on Groupon that worked out cheaper (err, logic?) so Italy it was.

The one thing I would say though is choose somewhere that you can relax and not feel like you have to get up and see things - city breaks are a no-no. Find somewhere that can cater to you and what you like to do to wind down.

You do you.

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