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Ask any parent and they’ll tell you that taking a holiday after you’ve had children, is an entirely different experience to holidays of days gone by.

And the more kids you have, the more chaotic holidays become – that’s not to say they’re not fun, they’re just not necessarily relaxing.

Which is why babymoons – short trips taken by soon-to-be parents before the birth of a baby – are becoming increasingly popular for expecting parents.

According to Donna Rodios, Product Director of Wotif.com, many mums-to-be use their babymoon as an opportunity to venture somewhere on their bucket list. “Babymoons are also a good time to kick back and relax and make the most of friends and family running around after you!”

The most popular time to book a babymoon is during the third trimester.

“While most mums-to-be travel at the beginning to the middle of their third trimester, a few do leave their trip until just before their due dates,” says Donna. 

“Experienced babymooners suggest travelling in the middle of a pregnancy during the little gap after the morning sickness ends, but before the reflux heartburn and back pain begins.

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A short-stay beach holiday is the most popular babymoon destination, followed by a city getaway or a hinterland escape. 

“A day spa with spa treatments is the favourite thing to have on a babymoon,” says Donna.

“Spa baths are also a great way to relax, but one mum-to-be advised that it’s a good idea to keep someone in ear shot as she had found herself needing help to get back out of the spa.”

If you are planning on taking a babymoon, here are a few tips to help you get your planning started:

  • Request a ground floor room, so you don’t have flights of stairs to negotiate.
  • If flying, book an aisle seat so you don’t have to climb over others while pregnant.
  • If flying, book before 35 weeks as airlines will not let you fly past this date
  • Unless you’re into a bit of self-torture, don’t book a destination near magnificent wineries
  • Take yourself away from the ‘rat race’ to an exclusive resort that specialises in relaxation.

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