My Advice for First-Time Pregnancy: Take a Babymoon

There are a lot of things that I would tell my first-time pregnant self if I had the chance  — like to stress less (things will work out; I promise!), sleep more, and skip the unimportant baby product purchases.

True, a first pregnancy isn’t always the only pregnancy, but there’s something very unique about the first time. While any new baby results in a lifestyle transition, there’s no transition quite as drastic as the first time. Going from a two-person couple (or just a single woman) to a family — with new roles, new responsibilities — is pretty major.

Take more photos.

Record more feelings and thoughts.

Put more effort into the baby shower — it’s the only one you’ll get.

And this: Take a vacation!

While I’m a firm believer that life doesn’t end with children — there are plenty of travels left in your future, even with kids in tow — you do lose a level of spontaneity once babies come in the picture. (A level of a disposable income, too.)

But more than the convenience, I wish I took one more chance to celebrate my pre-baby life. To just enjoy alone time with my growing family, away from the baby planning and house nesting. Now if I want to take a “babymoon” the second time around (or just a vacation in general), I have to think about childcare, family-friendly hotels, family activities, etc. And I realized that taking a cruise is the perfect solution for pregnancy — whether you have older kids or not.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be giving travel and vacation advice for moms-to-be, specifically cruises — including what to pack, where to go, and how to have a safe and healthy trip. Check back for all of my advice, but in the mean time, start brainstorming yourself.

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Photo: Boden Maternity Swimsuit, $78


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