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Healthy travel tips for babymooners

Posted by Lara Salahi November 20, 2013 05:21 AM
One advice among the many that expectant couples get is to travel one last time before baby arrives. Or, at the very least, go to the movies every weekend. The idea behind the instruction is that once baby comes, you’ll likely not have the time, money, or energy to go anywhere or do much. And if you do, it likely won’t be just the both of you, at least for a few good years. 

It’s not all true. We have taken our daughter on two international and one cross country trip already before her first birthday. It was just fine. Still, more couples are babymooning – that is, taking one last vacation while expecting before the baby arrives.  We babymooned, perhaps because we bought into the fear of the unknown, but mostly because we had planned the trip before we even knew we were expecting. We ended up bumping up our trip to Costa Rica a few months because our original trip time would have been my final pregnancy month. 

According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the best time to travel (or “babymoon”) is during the second trimester. However, most airlines allow pregnant women to fly up to 36 weeks of pregnancy. There’s certainly no clear formula for when or where pregnant women can travel, but if you're looking to babymoon, here are a few travel tips to consider:

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Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose specialty is reporting health and medical stories. She has worked in local, network, and cable television, international print, and documentary film. She More »

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