Being pregnant is an exciting and joyous time -- from deciding what to name your future bundle of joy to decorating the nursery and stocking up on the slew of items that a seven-pound person needs. The 40 weeks of pregnancy is busy, but so much fun because you know you're preparing for one of the most amazing life changes. But during those nine months, there will also be days when you just want to get away from it all and give yourself a break from all the prepping, planning and Pampers. Escaping for a relaxing vacation can be a great way to give yourself a much-needed break. From couples who want to go on a babymoon prior to the new arrival to families who want to head out together before the new brother or sister joins the fold, the following vacation ideas are low-stress, low-key and ideal for a pregnant mom-to-be.
At this charming bed and breakfast, pregnant moms can enjoy a variety of amenities created just for them, including a prenatal massage and a private class with a doula. Dads-to-be can also relax with an anti-stress massage. The Lavender Inn also offers a discount at their on-site kids clothing store. Families can relax together at the Inn or head to nearby Santa Barbara for delicious meals and beach activities.
If the beautiful Pacific Northwest is calling your name, head to The Lodge at Suttle Lake in scenic Sisters. The resort is surrounded by incredible mountain views and clear lake waters that offer an idyllic spot for pregnant moms to relax, read, and hang with their significant other and families. Full kitchens are included in the historic and waterfront cabins, which is perfect for satisfying all the cravings of pregnancy. If you have the green light from your OB/GYN, you can even enjoy a pleasant and carefree time out on the water; The Lodge offers boat rentals to guests including paddle boats and canoes. In preparation, you and your partner should read up on the state water safety regulations to find out if you're required to have an Oregon boater education card to rent a boat.
For moms-to-be who are craving some relaxing time in the sun, this attractive resort has plenty to offer. The on-site Golden Door Spa offers a Mommy-to-Be Massage, and the lovely beaches will beckon you to spend relaxing days near the surf—with plenty of sunscreen on, of course. The area is also known for its great shopping, art galleries and charming cafes.
A few words about when to go
The best and safest time for a pregnant mom-to-be to travel is usually when she is between 18 and 24 weeks along, says USA Today. Fortunately, this is usually when you are feeling your best and most energetic during the pregnancy and morning sickness is typically a thing of the past at this point. Some airlines also have restrictions for when pregnant women can fly, so if you are jetting to your destination, you should mention your baby-to-be when making your reservations. If you are driving, plan plenty of time for extra stops so you can walk around and try to stretch out and get comfy in the car as much as you can. Be sure to tell your doctor that you’d like to get away; he or she might also give you the name of a physician in your vacation town to call, just in case.