Best Babymoon Destinations 2020 Plus Essential Considerations

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I started thinking about my babymoon, ooh.. a couple of days after finding out I was pregnant.

Whilst most parents-to-be might start thinking of names or searching for tiny little outfits, I was considering where in the world would be suited to a pregnant woman in January.

What can I say… the wanderlust is within.

Wandering with him earlier this year

Now, as a seasoned traveller I thought this would be easy.

I’ve never had any trouble organising adventures before. In fact, it was practically a hobby. Friends and family actually ask me to help them plan their holidays.

But this was no ordinary trip, and I soon realised just how many limitations and risk factors exist for pregnant women looking to travel.

Disclaimer: I’m not one to over worry about risks associated with international travel. Usually, there isn’t much that will stop me.

Of course, being pregnant means having to put the health of my baby before my distrust of how seriously we should be taking all these so called risk factors. So I would have to – for the next nine months at least – take a lot of new things into consideration.

Suddenly, planning this babymoon didn’t seem as straightforward as I thought it would be.

And because I had, quite frankly, a bit of a mare digging through ALL of the health recommendations, travel considerations and general online advice from pregnant women, I wanted to help YOU by putting everything you need to know and think about in one place. Right here.

So here is my comprehensive list of all the key things you need to think about when planning where and when to go on your babymoon.

Babymoon considerations: how to plan

when to go on a babymoon

The months available to you are pretty much already decided. The baby is due when the baby is due.

Most women find that the best time to travel or take a holiday is in mid-pregnancy, between 4 and 6 months.

For me, that meant around mid November to mid January.

Brrrr.

Most pregnant women do feel better around this stage of pregnancy. I’m certainly not glowing – as all the books I’ve read suggested I would be – but I am less tired, less fussy with food and probably a little less angry.

If, like me, this is your first pregnancy, don’t be tempted to push your travel dates back to when you’ll be more heavily pregnant just to suit a destination or attempt to guarantee better weather.

Trust me – you won’t care all that much about the sun when you’re sweating, swollen and yes… a lot angrier than you were at month six.

Getting there

Flying is perfectly safe in pregnancy as confirmed by the NHS website.

The chance of going into labour is higher after 37 weeks and some airlines won’t let you fly at all towards the end of your pregnancy – so another reason not to travel too late.

Some airlines may ask for a letter from your doctor or midwife to confirm your due date and that you aren’t at risk of any complications, so you should always check the airline policy before you book.

I decided, after much deliberation (because it’s one of my favourite places ever) not to include South Africa as a babymoon destination option because of the 12 hour flight from the UK. Boo.

Me in South Africa, 2017

Not only is flying long distance likely to be uncomfortable but flying for longer than around 4 hours carries a higher risk of blood clots (DVT) which pregnant women are more susceptible to. Yay.

If you do choose to fly for longer than four hours (which I eventually did, albeit not as far as South Africa) there are options for helping lower your risk of DVT, such as drinking plenty of water, moving every 30 mins or so and wearing support stockings.

It is also important that you check that your insurance policy covers your pregnancy.

Interestingly, some ferry companies also carry their own restrictions on travel for pregnant women so if you’re 32 weeks pregnant or more, the NHS recommends that you check the ferry company’s policy on travel.

Vaccinations

Pregnant women are encouraged to avoid travelling to any countries that require you to have vaccinations or take precautionary or preventative medications like anti malarials.

Specifically, vaccines that use live bacteria or viruses are not recommended during pregnancy because of concerns that they could harm the baby in the womb.

Your GP can confirm if the countries you have in mind require vaccinations or you can find out via the Travel Health Pro or NHS Fit for Travel websites.

The flu vaccine, however, is recommended whether you’re travelling or not. You can book this in any time from October with your GP or at your local pharmacy.

Zika

Zika is one of the most serious, global health concerns for pregnant women. This one really does need to be taken seriously.

I opted to steer clear of any countries that had any likelihood of Zika, even the low likelihood zones in light purple.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As you can see, the outbreaks are pretty widespread and quite limiting for preggo people like me who want to travel to somewhere sunny in January that isn’t too far from the UK.

Consider the climate

I love the sun. I love the snow. Basically, I like the extremes – and mild weather in between. Except rain and cloud. Nobody needs that on holiday, especially on that all important babymoon.

But as we have already established, this isn’t a typical trip. I’ll be five and a half months pregnant so any kind of extreme isn’t really recommended.

Stay cool

Hot and humid climates are not going to be that appealing when you’re 4-6 months pregnant. Not only does your body temperature increase to around 37.8 degrees during pregnancy but your blood volume also increases by around 50%.

Pregnant women aren’t advised to sit in the sun for long periods of time because if your body temperature rises too high, your baby has a higher risk of complications.

Plus, trust me, you really won’t feel like sitting, walking or even breathing in the baking hot sun.

But not that cool

Upon realising that somewhere tropical was off the list (thanks also to Zika and flight time limitations), I considered a romantic, wintry break. I pictured hubby and I holed up in an isolated cabin in the snow, wrapped around mugs of hot chocolate in front of a dreamy fireplace.

Hubby promptly crashed my dream by asking how I expected to walk through ice and snow to reach said cabin. Turned out, the locations I found were only reachable by sleigh. Dreamy, yes. Practical, no.

My romantic vision was replaced with images of a pregnant me being thrown around in a wooden sleigh, trying not to fall over bump first in snow and having to watch hubby enjoy hot pools and hot tubs whilst I sat shivering on the sidelines.

Consider the type of holiday you want

Non-pregnant me loves walking, exploring and hotel hopping when I travel. I always try to cram in as many different towns, cities, beaches, mountains and hot spots as I can.

So it’s difficult for me to plan for a holiday where I stay in one place with the sole intention of relaxing.

Not staying in one place, 2015

It’s actually quite unnerving.

Well it was, until my trip to Sicily when I was just 9 weeks pregnant. I really struggled with walking around for more than a couple of hours at a time, and suffered with headaches and fatigue. In fact, every time I walked uphill my head pounded. I also really went off pasta which is a pretty dire situation to find yourself in when in Italy.

After this trip, the idea of spa treatments, a beautiful swimming pool and a great book sounded like the best option – especially as I’d have a bump by the babymoon.

I’d say, whatever kind of babymoon you’re preparing for, allow yourself enough time to relax, remember you probably won’t be racing around and don’t overbook yourself with activities.

Having the option to do whatever you feel like on the day is a luxury that you don’t often allow yourself, so enjoy it.

Spa treatments when pregnant

At 11 weeks pregnant I was refused a facial. Yup.

The sad truth is that most therapists aren’t willing to treat pregnant women at all before 12 weeks. Pressure points and certain aromatherapy oils can cause problems in the first trimester; in worst case scenarios they could even trigger uterine contractions and miscarriage.

In the second trimester, spa treatments are considered safe but always make sure that the hotel or salon knows that you’re pregnant and that they have a therapist who is experienced in pregnancy massage and treatments.

Before you book your babymoon hotel, check that they offer pregnancy spa packages. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

Food and water quality

This is an obvious but important one.

Food poisoning when pregnant is a big issue. Because of this, it’s important to consider the cleanliness and standard of food preparation in the hotel or country that you are travelling to.

High on my agenda when deciding where to go on my babymoon was excellent quality food.

I wanted to make sure I’d be staying in a hotel where I could eat almost everything without having to worry about how fresh the food was and whether I’d get sick. After all, if I wasn’t going to be slurping sauvignon I wanted to make sure I could eat to my hearts content.

Oh, and I would always recommend drinking bottled water when pregnant abroad. Tap water just isn’t worth the risk – unless you’re in the Alps or somewhere with obviously excellent water quality.

Remember that a lot of medicines for treating stomach upsets and diarrhoea aren’t suitable to take during pregnancy. So if you get ill, keep hydrated and continue eating for the health of your baby, even if you’re not hungry.

Medical care at destination

I felt very organised for doing this. As someone who (ahem) has often forgotten to even update my travel insurance, I had never thought I’d be someone to check out hospitals for a holiday.

But as we’ve already established, I’m pregnant and sensible now.

Ask your hotel for suggestions about names of doctors and hospitals nearby, just in case. Alternatively, your GP at home may be able to make recommendations.

The top babymoon destinations right now

I’ve scoured the world – via a map – and sifted through every country and continent in search of the best babymoon destinations for 2020.

The Babymoon brief

I’m based in the UK and have decided that I don’t want to fly for more than 6-8 hours. The country must be zika free, require no immunisations, and ideally be warm but not hot. The hotel must have incredible reviews for food, and it must have a swimming pool and a spa that caters to pregnant women.

Based on my requirements, here’s my shortlist of the best babymoon destinations for UK based mummas-to-be right now.

My top babymoon destinations for UK parents

  • Morocco
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Cyprus
  • United Arab Emirates

From this point, I searched through heaps of hotels looking for affordable luxury in each destination.

When it dawned on me…

Hubby and I went to Dubai in 2016 and it was AMAZING.

The hotel was world class, the food was some of the best we’d ever eaten and the level of pampering was otherworldly.

In fact, the only aspects of Dubai we hadn’t LOVED was the fact that there were not masses of opportunity for exploring outside of hotels (tick) and it cost too much to get drunk (tick tick).

We wouldn’t be looking to do either of those things!!!

We settled on Dubai as our choice of babymoon destination and in fact, booked with the same hotel we’d been to previously – The One and Only Royal Mirage.

Dubai is an eight hour flight from London which I’m willing to do, and the weather in January will be around 25 degrees Celsius. Perfection.

I’m currently sifting through the hotel’s extensive list of spa treatments designed for pregnant women, whilst hubby checks out the water sports.

Here’s to a week of sun, relaxation and world class food and pampering.

P.s. steer clear of interacting with camels or consuming camel milk or meat because there is still a risk of contracting Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

There had to be something didn’t there…

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