Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy survival’

Tips for a Successful Babymoon

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Just getting back from a holiday trip, and couldn’t help but notice a number of expecting couples enjoying themselves on the beach, by the pool, and at restaurants and shops.  It reminded me of an increasingly popular trend with expecting mothers, a babymoon, which is a vacation taken prior to having a new baby.  It’s exactly like a honeymoon, except that you can’t drink and your body is going through various changes.  Even though it may not be the same magical romantic time that your honeymoon was, a babymoon can be the perfect way to indulge yourself before the many demands that accompany parenthood.  Whether it’s a quick weekend trip out of town, or a longer excursion to an exotic location, here are a couple tips that can keep you safe and happy on your last big child-free getaway:

  • Don’t procrastinate.  Every pregnancy is different, but typically your 2nd trimester would be the best time for a getaway. By now, the nausea of the first trimester is hopefully a distant memory and you aren’t quite as uncomfortable as you will be in a few weeks. (According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the safest time to travel is from 18 to 24 weeks.)  And both airlines and cruise lines have restrictions on how late in a pregnancy a woman can travel, so don’t wait until the last minute.
  • Minimize travel time. Although a trip to the Islands may sound appealing, think about your travel time.  A babymoon is supposed to be a time to relax, and dealing with long flights, customs, and currency exchanges may create unwanted stress.  Make sure you choose a location that will maximize your relaxation and minimize the hassle.
  • Location, location, location. Decide if you are looking for rest and relaxation or family bonding time (or a little of both).  Make sure the destination appeals to you both so you can relax and enjoy your time together.  A couple of helpful websites: Babymoonguide.com and Babymoonfinder.com can help you choose your escape.
  • Splurge for comfort. If you do fly somewhere, take the non-stop flight (see #2) and arrange for a car service from the airport. If you drive, use the money you saved on flights to book a suite or a room with a view.
  • Share the news. Tell the hotel you are planning a babymoon – ask for extra pillows, a quiet room away from smoking areas.
 Maybe they’ll even throw in an upgrade or a few freebies.
  • Safety first.  Consider travel insurance, just in case. Keep your doctor in the loop and ask for travel restrictions and advice. Check out medical facilities in the area you are traveling and write down contact information for nearby hospitals. Pack a pregnancy-safe medical kit – traveling presents a new set of hurdles when you’re pregnant.

Although I wasn’t feeling great during a lot of my first pregnancy, I do have fond memories of our final trip before the baby was born. Adding a baby to your life will bring such incredible joy but also plenty of chaos.  And lets face it, the months before the arrival of your baby may be your last chance for some real alone time with your mate for quite a while, and probably one of your last chances for a good night sleep as well!

 

Summer Pregnancy Survival Guide

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Summer has finally arrived and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the good weather! Okay, so technically the calendar says it’s still Spring until mid June, but the warm temperatures in many parts of the country this week indicate summer weather is here to stay. If you’re pregnant, the good news is being outdoors and breathing fresh air is good for you and your baby-to-be.  The bad news is you may have to take special care to stay cool and comfortable.  With a few tips…it can still be a fun summer to remember while waiting for your little one to arrive.

  • Stay hydrated. This is important for both you and the baby…sip water all day. Fresh fruits and vegetables also contain a lot of water and can help keep you hydrated. And for those of you who frequent Whole Foods or Trader Joes…have you tried coconut water? Coconut water is a natural gatorade and can help you stay hydrated and avoid leg cramps (it has as much potassium as three bananas!)
  • Try to do outdoor tasks, such as gardening or walking outside early or late in the day (when the temperatures are cooler). The activity will do you good physically and mentally; just pace yourself and don’t over do it.
  • Go to the pool and show off that bikini body! Seriously, I was always a little shy about going to the pool when it looked like I was hiding a beach ball under my cover up…but then I realized floating in the pool, I was weightless! It’s the best feeling while pregnant, not to mention the instant cool down.
  • Wear light colored, light-weight clothing. And you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for fashion…cute maternity dresses look great and also help keep you cool. Don’t think you have to spend a lot to get summer pregnant chic…check out these essentials for under $30.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen.  Your skin may become more sensitive during your pregnancy, so make sure you apply 20 minutes before being outdoors and reapply as necessary.
  • Relax! When seated, try to prop feet to alleviate swelling. Also, take naps (with your feet up!).  The longer days may mean you are not sleeping as much at night…try to sneak in naps to make sure you are getting enough rest.
  • Minimize salt intake.  The warmer temps can cause more swelling, especially while pregnant. Hold the salt on your virgin margarita.
  • Ask for help.  Although you may just think you only need help when the baby arrives, pregnancy can really drain you, especially when it’s hot outside.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help cooking, cleaning, running errands, or watching your older kids.
  • Schedule some fun.  You don’t have to go to every barbeque…but try and pick a few and commit to them.  It’s good for your growing baby if you relax and laugh a little…even if you have to sit down for the whole event.

It may seem too hot to enjoy, but the summer weather can be managed with a little planning. Have a great summer and stay cool!