Planning Your Babymoon
“Babymoon” means a vacation during pregnancy, derived from the English word “Honeymoon”. Newlyweds often go on a honeymoon to strengthen their bond. The “Babymoon” is an opportunity for couples to relax and prepare themselves well for this new phase of their lives. Many hotels also offer special packages for pregnant women, such as Tibetan bowls, herbal footbaths, and yoga during pregnancy.
The children’s room is nicely decorated, and the clothes are ready. Now is the time to recharge. Traveling during pregnancy is a good idea, as long as you carefully consider the destination, the length of your pregnancy, and the mode of transportation. To help you here’s a list of the most important things to consider.
The Right Place at the Right Time
As a general rule, you can travel at any time during your pregnancy. However, if you do not want to constantly look for the bathroom while on vacation, or if you do not want to risk any kind of harm to the baby, it is highly recommended that you take your vacation between the fourth and sixth month of pregnancy.
Most women are more comfortable during this period. Thanks to your hormones, the first symptoms, such as nausea and dizziness, will disappear, and you will feel balanced and full of energy.
Planes, Cars, Trains?
Flying is excellent for pregnant women, except for the period just before delivery. There are three things to keep in mind. The air you breathe during the flight is low in oxygen, there is a risk of thrombosis if you sit for a long time, and you are more exposed to radiation from space during the flight.
Please consider the risks and benefits with your doctor. Also, you can travel by car up to 6 months of pregnancy. WARNING: For optimal protection, do not allow the seat belt to pass over your belly, place the belt between your chest and stomach. Traveling by train is more comfortable as it will enable pregnant women to stretch their legs from time to time.
During pregnancy, the risk of thrombosis is always higher than usual, and sitting for a long time in a car, plane, or train increases this risk. Thrombosis occurs when a blood vessel is blocked by a blood clot, which will stop the flow of blood and cause serious consequences. However, there are various tips to minimize the risk of so-called airplane thrombosis:
-Buy travel socks from a health care store.
-Drink plenty of water, tea, fruit juice, etc.
-Wear loose-fitting clothes and comfortable shoes.
-Exercise by wiggling and twirling your toes to increase circulation.
-Stretch your legs whenever you get a chance.
-Every time you stretch your muscles, you increase the blood flow to your heart!
So, Where Are You Going?
It goes without saying that the longer the journey, the harder it is. If the climate at your destination is warm or cold, it will be hard on your body. So, it is best to stay in Europe. But if you still want to be in the Caribbean, book a room with air conditioning.
No matter which country you go to, it is essential to have good medical care and sanitation. Areas with outbreaks of tropical diseases such as malaria are not suitable for pregnant women. It is also not a good idea to stay at altitudes above 2,000 meters for long periods. At high altitudes, the oxygen concentration in the air is low, which may cause oxygen deprivation in the baby.
A holiday spent with your partner and unborn child is a wonderful and energizing time. The positive effects of a mother resting after the vacations cannot be underestimated. Pregnant women do not have to be overly cautious to have a good holiday. However, it is wise to seek the advice of an experienced gynecologist before taking any action. This is the most effective way to reduce any risk!