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If you're tossing up whether to plan a babymoon before your little one arrives, stop wondering and DO IT. When your life has become a blur of dirty diapers and middle-of-the-night feeding sessions, you'll be so glad you had that last hurrah as a couple. Here are some babymoon ideas for every taste and budget…My husband and I spent weeks debating whether it was wise to spend money on a babymoon when our first little bundle was about to arrive. Was it selfish to splurge on ourselves? Shouldn't we be saving all our pennies for our baby's needs?In the end, we took the plunge and booked four nights at a beachside resort. It was pure bliss. I got to put up my swollen feet for the last time, well,ever, and my hubby got some much-needed relaxation time. In the sleep-deprived blur of a year that followed the birth of our daughter, we often looked back on that vacation as our last real quality time as a couple. No regrets!Even if money's tight, there are babymoon options available to you. But before we look at the five top babymoon ideas, here are some general tips to consider.Top tips for the perfect babymoonTo ensure your babymoon is as relaxing and hassle-free as possible, keep in mind that:
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends traveling between weeks 14 and 28 of your pregnancy because most pregnancy complications happen in the first and third trimesters.
You can travel outside of those weeks but make sure to get the all-clear from your doctor first. Some airlines may require a letter from your doctor authorizing you to travel in the third trimester, so check your airline's policy. You may also choose to obtain a letter regardless of requirements in case you were switched to a different airline.
Keep travel time to a minimum to avoid exhaustion. Try to keep flights under three hours and take frequent breaks on car trips.
If you're traveling overseas, ask your doctor about any vaccines you might need and other risks you should be aware of.
Check whether your health insurance will cover you when you're overseas and consider purchasing travel insurance if it doesn't.
Research the closest hospital to your hotel before you go and carry any important documents relating to your pregnancy with you.
Make sure your babymoon includes plenty of opportunities to relax, such as swimming in a pool, enjoying a prenatal massage at a spa, reading magazines in bed and eating lots of yummy food.
Pack comfortable clothes. Your babymoon BFF will without a doubt be BLANQI'sMaternity Belly Support Tanktop, which will keep you feeling cool in hot weather and ease abdominal and lower-back pain thanks to its varying degrees of high-tech compression.
The five best babymoon ideasNow that you've ticked all the important to-dos off your list, it's time for the fun part: picking a destination! You can't go wrong with these five babymoon ideas.
What's not to love about a beach getaway? The soothing support of the water on your heavy belly, the rejuvenating energy of the sun on your skin, the relaxing sound of the waves lapping the shore as you drift off to sleep…aaaaahhhh. Just remember to slather on the sunscreen because your skin can be more sensitive to the sun when you're pregnant and to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Popular beach babymoon destinations include Florida, Hawaii, California, Bermuda and Cabo San Lucas.
Country couples at heart will love to relax with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book by a roaring fire in a country inn or bed and breakfast. Many inns offer tailored babymoon packages that include luxuries such as couples' massages, room-service breakfast, and chocolate and rose petal turn-down services. You can find inns in every state, so search for one near you.
If you'd love to have one last hurrah in the Big Smoke, book a room in the heart of the city of your choice and take in all the sights and sounds. Shop your heart out at baby boutiques, indulge in five-star cuisine and take in a show. At the end of the day, relax in your hotel's swimming pool or spa. Bliss!
For the ultimate pampering experience, book a spa babymoon. Indulge in luxurious treatments including couples' massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. You'll have to skip the hot tub and sauna because the high temperatures aren't safe for the baby, but you'll be so chilled out that you won't even notice! Search for babymoon packages at spas around the country.
If your budget is tight, plan a babymoon at home. Before you roll your eyes, consider these ideas:
Have dinner at your favorite restaurant
Order all your meals in so you don't have to cook or do the dishes
Rent your favorite movies or have a Netflix marathon
Treat yourself to little luxuries such as chocolate-covered strawberries or your favorite cake
Create your own at-home spa experience with scented candles, a bubble bath and massage oils
Plan outings to the movies, museum or theater
This is your last chance to enjoy time as a couple for a while, so make the most of it and indulge yourselves as much as possible. You deserve it!