Physical Limitations to Keep in Mind
Your babymoon should be enjoyable and pregnancy-safe—a lengthy wilderness trek or a getaway to a remote island with limited access to medical care isn’t realistic right now.
Instead, focus on somewhere that’s relatively accessible, ideally with a short flight or drive, and that’s safe for you to travel to. “Avoid locations where Zika is an issue, and skip destinations where conditions, such as unclean water or bad air quality, make it less safe for pregnancy,” Beshong says. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) keeps current guidelines on destinations still experiencing Zika here.
As for what to do when you get to your destination, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Depending on physical limitations, pregnant women should avoid strenuous hikes and extreme temperatures. “Now is not the time to conquer Half Dome—and no hot tubs!” says Beshong.
But don’t let your pregnancy keep you inside all day. If you’re up for it, go for short walks or easy hikes. Plan for frequent breaks while you’re out sightseeing or souvenir shopping. (Now is a great time to pick up some treats for your future babe.) Try a local prenatal yoga class, or spend time in the pool and spa. “Many resorts and spas offer prenatal massages, but may restrict massages in the early first trimester,” Beshong says. Consult your doctor before booking any spa appointments.
To stay healthy and feeling good on your babymoon, you’ll also want to follow the same rituals you do at home: Pack your prenatal vitamins and any other supplements you need, drink plenty of water, and avoid questionable or high-risk foods. If your doctor recommends you stay away from foods like soft cheeses, deli meats, or seafood with high mercury levels, look in advance for restaurants where you can find alternatives.
On the flight, request an aisle seat that will allow you to stretch your legs often and quickly make it to the bathroom. You can also invest in a pair of maternity compression leggings and bring your own water bottle to stay hydrated. If you’re driving, take plenty of breaks to get upright and walk around for a few minutes. No matter your mode of transportation, don’t forget to pack snacks!
Before you depart, make an emergency plan and run it by your doctor. Identify approved clinics and hospitals close to where you’re staying and pin them on your phone’s map. In the unlikely event of an medical issue, you’ll know where to go.
If you’re traveling domestically, you can also confirm that the doctors at your destination accept your insurance. Or, you can purchase travel insurance that includes emergency coverage for when you’re away. Just make sure to ask whether or not the coverage includes pregnancy-related care. (Reach out to a AAA Complimentary Travel Agent for assistance.)