Many couples choose to take a vacation during pregnancy. This will be your last chance to get away alone for quite some time. Once the baby is born, planning a vacation gets much more complicated. As the baby grows, vacations are often centered around kid friendly destinations, such as Disney World.
Some travel companies offer vacation packages targeted at couples expecting a new baby. Most of these aren’t much different from a typical couple’s vacation. You may want to use this service, or just plan your own trip. The choice is yours. Browse the internet for the best deal on your vacation and talk to your local travel agent for additional assistance and to compare prices.
The first step in planning your vacation is deciding when to get away. Many couples travel during the second trimester. This may be ideal since most women feel their best during this time. The morning sickness of the first trimester has faded and your travel won’t be as restricted as it will later in pregnancy.
Next, decide where you will go. If it is during a cold winter, you may want to escape to a warmer climate. Spending some time in the sun or on the beach is a great way to chase away the winter blues. If you are traveling to a hot climate, take some precautions. Avoid overexposure to the sun and wear sunscreen at all times. Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated. Don’t get overheated; this is not good for your baby.
Decide how you will travel to your destination. If you will be flying, be sure to stay hydrated and move around a bit during the flight. If you are driving, allow extra time for pit stops. You will want to stop every hour or so to stretch your legs and use the bathroom.
Talk to your doctor before you travel to get a clean bill of health. As long as everything looks good, he or she will give you the go ahead to enjoy your trip. You may want to get a copy of your medical records to carry with you. In the event you need to seek medical care, it’s a good idea to have all the relevant information at your fingertips.
Once you have the green light from your health care provider, relax and enjoy your vacation. Don’t over schedule your vacation. Allow plenty of time for sleeping in and relaxation. Once the baby has arrived, life gets very busy. Now is the time to enjoy life at your own pace.