Thursday, November 15, 2007

Babymoon becoming ever more popular

The term “babymoon” is relatively new to expecting mothers’ lexicon. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s become a fast-growing trend for pregnant women to get in a little vacation, or “babymoon,” before the baby is born – a much deserved last hurrah before the long days and often sleepless nights of parenting set in.

The trend has quickly become a worldwide phenomenon with small B&Bs and five-star hotels from London to Los Angeles, Dubai to Atlanta, offering packages designed to pamper moms-to-be.

Packages can include special amenities such as a pillow menu, relaxing oils, a subscription to a parenting magazine, sweet treats such as ice cream or cookies, a baby welcome gift, and if the property has its own spa, a prenatal massage and spa treatments to help soothe pregnancy aches and pains. Most packages are designed for two, so there is usually a romantic touch slipped in such as special dining arrangements, flowers and a couples massage or spa treatment.

The upscale W Hotels is one of the larger hoteliers to offer a babymoon package at locations nationwide. Their “Baby Me” package includes many of the amenities mentioned, and also includes a stylish baby bag, a baby onesie, and a photo keepsake (at select locations).

Enjoying a babymoon is the easy part, but for many pregnant women, travel can sometimes be a challenge, so you should carefully consider the transportation means based on your pregnancy stage and health. The fastest, of course, is hopping on a plane, but the comfort factor (not to mention the potential for delays) could be a deterrent unless you’re in first class. You’ll want to check with your travel expert on your preferred airline’s guidelines for pregnant women; some require a doctor’s notice to permit you to fly particularly in later stages of pregnancy. Rail travel is a safe and comfortable alternative, but travel time to your destination can be a bit long. However, you’ll have plenty of leg room, space to get up and stretch, and restrooms and dining cars when the need arises. It’s wise to discuss your travel plans with your doctor before you make any final arrangements.

If you’re an expecting mother, take the first step to a stress-relieving babymoon getaway by calling Travel Travel Carlson Wagonlit.

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