By Kerri Geringswald

Babymoon. The term has only been around since 2006, but it has taken the expectant mom world by storm! Still not sure what it is?  Think of it as a second honeymoon for expectant parents, or a first one if you never had one (except this time, both of you might be a little rounder.) It’s a chance for a couple to go away and bond, relax, romance and SLEEP. After all, once the little one arrives neither one of you will be doing very much of that! And remember, it’s not just exclusive to couples. Lots of women choose to bring their moms or girlfriends, instead!

Like the idea? Before you start planning your babymoon, use this helpful tips to help you decide where and what to do. Then, read over our picks for great Babymoon destinations.

TIPS:

1. When deciding where to go, consider how much travel time you are willing to commit to, and how many days you’ll be able to take off. The shorter the trip, the closer you should stay to home.

2. Want to go overseas? Make sure you have an OK from your doctor.

3. You’re pregnant, which means sometimes you’re hot, sometimes your cold! Consider what temperature you want to spend your vacation days in.

4. If you want to go to a “walking” city (IE: the Big Apple), consider how much your poor, swollen, feet can accommodate, and make your plans accordingly.

5. Take a copy of your medical records along, and make sure you know where the closest (and best) hospital is if you’re leaving your state.

6. Always have the number of your doctor on handy in case of emergency.

7. Ask your doctor if there are any travel precautions you need to be aware of (IE: Are massages okay? Is a dip in the sauna a no-no? Should you only drink bottled water?)

8. Make sure to invest in travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance in case the big day interrupts your travel plans.

9. If you do decide to travel overseas, make sure your health insurance covers you out of the country.

10. Are you battling morning sickness? A boat ride might sound fun now, but think about how your pregnancy symptoms will affect your vacation destination or activities.

STAYcation:

Going out of town out of the question? There’s no reason you can’t have a Babymoon at home! Schedule what days you want to take off, then prepare to relax. Need help? To prep for your babymoon at home, pick up the following relaxation helpers:

-Flowers for throughout your house
-New, hotel-quality sheets
-A fluffy robe and slippers
-Your favorite decadent treats
-An at-home spa kit, including masks, scrubs, lotions, and candles.
-Rent several of your favorite movies.
-Turn off your blackberry, iPhone, and NO E-MAILS.
-SLEEP (that’s free!)

NEXT: WHERE TO GO

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If you are interested in making a great escape, take a look at several of these noteworthy Babymoon Packages:

Name: The Cliffs Resort
Location: Pismo Beach, CA
Hotel website: http://www.cliffsresort.com/index.php
BabyMoon Package:”And Baby Makes Three”
Before baby makes three, couples can enjoy their last romantic getaway as a twosome at The Cliffs Resort. This Pismo Beach vacation package allows you to relax and pamper yourselves with a massage for Mom and Dad. Enjoy a $50 dinner voucher at our Sea Cliffs Restaurant. Take in your last uninterrupted movie with some specially made Doc Burnstein’s Baby Brickle ice cream. Finally, round out your escape with breakfast in bed. This romantic Pismo Beach vacation package includes:

-Overnight luxury accommodations

-Welcome basket with diapers and a onesie

-Ice cream

-Commemorative bottle of wine

-Two one-hour massage

-$50 dinner voucher

-Movie

-Breakfast in bed

NEXT: NEW YORK CITY

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Name: 70 Park Ave Hotel
Location:Park Avenue, New York City
Hotel website: http://www.70parkave.com/index.html
BabyMoon Package: “Big Apple Babymoon”
Moms and dads-to-be can relax with this indulgent getaway. Created for “adults only,” couples can enjoy their final moments of peace and quiet, before midnight feedings take over. This pampering package includes:

-Deluxe accommodations

-One in-room Mother-to-be Harmony Massage—50 minutes of bliss that helps relieve tension and alleviate swelling

-Late night delivery of Ice cream sundae and pickles

-A copy of “Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood” by Jenny McCarthy

-Breakfast in bed

NEXT: ARIZONA

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Name: The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Hotel website: www.kierlandresort.com
BabyMoon Package: “Bundle of Joy Babymoon Package”
Enjoy a relaxing vacation before your baby comes! The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has partnered with The SpOILed Mama, and the neighboring shopping district Kierland Commons to create the “Bundle of Joy” Babymoon Package including:

– “The SpOILed Mama” skin care gift sets for mom and dad.

-$25 Kierland Commons gift certificate and Kierland Commons shopping and incentive book.

-In-room movie and “make your own” ice cream sundae, sparkling cider and chocolate covered strawberries.

-Couple’s Massage (Mother-to-Be Massage for mom and massage of choice for dad.)

-Breakfast in bed

-24-hour “Cravings Chef” Service – customize the room service menu to your cravings! Cost of food is extra.

NEXT: VIRGINIA

{pagebreak}Name: The Mountain Rose Inn
Location: Woolwine, VA
Hotel website: www.mountainrose-inn.com
BabyMoon Package: BabyMoon Bliss

The Babymoon Bliss package includes:

-Two relaxing one-hour massage or reflexology sessions from our licensed massage therapist – one for mommy and one for daddy to enjoy (pre-natal massages are available)

-A Mountain Rose Inn babymoon basket – filled with goodies for you and baby

-Two nights in one of our comfy king bedded rooms

-Gourmet chocolates and sparkling juice delivered to your room on the night of your choice
On your mornings here, sleep in as late as you want since this may be your last chance and then enjoy our delicious breakfast-in-bed

NEXT: BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

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Name: Peter Island Resort
Location: Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Hotel Website:www.peterisland.com/peterisland.html
BabyMoon Package: Peter Island Resort has developed a package to cater to moms-and-dads-to-be by pampering and soothing them while they relax at the resort.  The Peter Island Babymoon Package includes:

-Five nights in either a Beach Front Junior Suite or an Ocean View Room

-Two spa treatments specifically tailored for pregnant women; one de-stressing massage for the dad-to-be

-One picnic lunch and non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice on one of Peter Island’s 5 beaches

-Special turndowns nightly, including a baby album

-All meals and activities such as snorkeling, windsurfing, tennis and more.

 

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