activities come with restrictions for pregnant women.
Many spas will not give prenatal massages in the first trimester.
Cruise ships do not allow passengers in their third trimester.
Airlines may not allow women more than 35 weeks pregnant to fly.
Medical experts advise staying within 300 miles of home during the last trimester in case of sudden changes that require medical attention. Regardless of your stage of pregnancy, short walks to increase blood circulation and frequent bathroom breaks are recommended.
There are still options if you've reached your third trimester and you want to get away. Hotels in New York City, Baltimore and Washington, DC have babymoon packages, as do many locales in between. Many B&Bs and inns in the Delaware Valley or within a 1-2 hour drive offer babymoon packages.
Planning Your Babymoon Henry regularly books babymoon trips. She says that couples often seek a place with nice beaches, warm weather and good specialty restaurants. A short flight and the availability of spa services are definite bonuses.
"The most popular destination for U.S. babymoons is Florida," says Babymoonguide's Lisa Petrocelli. She cites Florida's many beaches, warm weather and relatively short distance. There is also comfort in staying in the U.S. in case urgent med-ical care is needed. The Caribbean is a close second.
Babymoonfinder's Ashley King cautions against planning strenuous activities such as rock climbing, horseback riding or skiing on a babymoon. "Babymoons are for doing as little as possible for as long as possible," she says. "Time is running out!" In addition, she recommends staying away from locations that are too remote to find good medical care.
The cost of babymoons ranges from approximately $100 for services at a day spa to near $4,000 at an all-inclusive resort. For couples on a budget, King suggests creating your own babymoon package. Any romance package will do nicely (perhaps minus the champagne), as will any spot that is agreeable to you and your mate.
To get started planning your babymoon, think about how far you’d like to travel, then where you’d like to go. For ideas:
Go to http://www.google.com/ and
and http://www.babymoonguide.com/. Both sites were started by moms who were frustrated when they tried to plan babymoon trips.
To find bed-and-breakfasts, go to
http://www.google.com/ and search: bed breakfast.
Sandy Babin of Apple Vacations recommends going "anywhere where you can just relax and enjoy each other." Her ultimate advice for a good babymoon for the mom-to-be: "Relax and eat lots of fresh fruit!"
Suzanne Koup-Larsen is a local freelance writer.