Those who know Aron and I from Hither and Thither know that we love to travel. We’ve actually been incredibly lucky to have taken three trips since the start of my pregnancy, and there’s one more to come. But I can’t say that choosing good destinations when you’re expecting is easy.
Even as I write that, however, I fear that this all will sound ridiculous–this is not a real problem. But it is a challenge. And it occurred to me that I’m probably not the only one out there who has Googled “traveling while pregnant” for destination ideas to find that the only links returned are articles on getting up and walking during long plane flights. In the end, I can only offer that (1) these are some of the factors you might consider, and (2) you’ll have a great time regardless.
Our first getaway was to Montreal to celebrate an anniversary. Aron worried about the long car ride, and I feared that a romantic getaway to the “Paris of the North” (in the winter) wouldn’t be the same without foie gras; stinky, unpasteurized cheeses; dips in a jacuzzi, or glasses of wine. Obviously we got over it and had a terrific time!
The next vacation we got to plan was for a February escape to warmer climes (and hopefully a sun-drenched beach). We’d taken a trip to India the previous April (with the push being that we should seize the opportunity to see a place I’d always dreamed of visiting before having a baby might keep us away for a while), and we actually considered a repeat trip while our visas were still valid. But it seemed unnecessarily risky: Aron had gotten sick briefly on our last visit, and the fear of food-borne illness–potentially devastating to a fetus–loomed large. We also thought about all of the bug repellent we had applied (instead of taking anti-malarials), and knowing that I would now neither feel comfortable using Deet nor taking anti-malarials placed the destination firmly in the no-go category. We had really hoped to go somewhere that could prove challenging with a baby or small child (as opposed to a kid-friendly spot like Florida), but found that most such places that are warm in February are in the tropics and posed similar problems.
I think it was around the time that I reminded Aron that I also couldn’t scuba dive that he was ready to give up on warm weather altogether, and suggested we instead head for snowy mountains to embrace the winter. But I quickly vetoed the thought of a non-skiing, non-hot-tubbing, non-hot-toddy drinking week in the snow.
We came to the conclusion that we should either look toward Argentina and forgo the tropical beach, or look to the Caribbean and ignore the fact that this might also be a good-with-kids destination. Luckily my parents came to the rescue with a gift of a Caribbean cruise and we had an amazing time!
And now we’ve just returned from a family visit in California, during which we snuck off to Napa for a few days of couple-time and laughed at ourselves for booking a trip to the wine region at five months pregnant. (You can see that we didn’t let it us bother us too much though–we just posted a travelogue about a great 48 hours on Hither and Thither.)
What destinations have you found to be particularly pregnancy-friendly? Where would you go on a baby moon?
Our last getaway will be a car trip to Cape Cod (our friend’s mother is giving us the gift of a few nights’ stay at her cottage). I’m taking the risk that I feel comfortable in a bathing suit, and that I will be happy living vicariously while Aron indulges in oysters.