When to take your babymoon
There are certain restrictions on how far into your pregnancy you can fly and also specific months when you feel much better and can actually you know, board a plane. Catherine Goodstein, MD, says, “The first trimester is not ideal for many reasons, chief among those is the nausea that many women feel. Nausea and fatigue can sometimes persist into the early second trimester, and for that reason I’d say the ideal window for a babymoon would be 18 to 28 weeks of the pregnancy. After 28 weeks travel can become increasingly uncomfortable.” Another timely and important consideration is to avoid places that have cases of Zika or high of risk for Zika, namely Mexico and much of the Caribbean. Dr. Goodstein suggests checking out this map from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before picking your destination.
For another passport stamp before baby arrives…
Did you go with a Dr. Seuss, ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ theme for your nursery? Since wanderlust and a thirst for exploring new lands has always been in your genes, you hope to pass on that same lustful curiosity to your babe. Because of this spirit, you’ll want to get another stamp on your passport before you settle into a year of newborn parenting, so why not consider Portugal? Renting a car and driving from Lisbon to Lagos might be one of the most stunning experiences you’ve ever photographed. Not too far away is Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort, located at the south-westernmost tip of Europe. This secluded hotel will give you a much-needed dose of relaxation, complete with a boutique spa.
For a southern-inspired luxe experience
So Atlanta probably isn’t the first spot that pops to mind when you think about babymooning, but a trip to The Big Peach of the South will give you a mix of city and country, ideal for exploring parents-to-be. We suggest starting your trip in the heart of downtown, seeing the sights (and maybe catching a Braves game), then heading to the nearby Lake Oconee for a more slow-moving Southern vacation. Consider spending a bit more than you normally would and stay at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. It’s set along 30 acres of shoreline and offers a peaceful retreat with indoor and outdoor pools, hiking, fishing, boating and more. This five-star resort offers complimentary s’mores by the fire every evening, ya know, when baby has a sweets craving. Another bonus? There are non-stop flights galore to this Delta hub.