Making Time for a Babymoon

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By now I’m sure that you already realize that your life is about to change dramatically. Just to what extent remains to be seen. But in between organizing doctor’s appointments and preparing the nursery, I strongly suggest that you look into planning a babymoon.

First attributed to childbirth educator and author Sheila Kitzinger in 1996, the term “babymoon” has been gaining in popularity in the past decade. Wikipedia defines it like this:

“Babymoon has several meanings. The original meaning is a period of time that parents spend bonding with a recently-born baby.”

- Wikipedia.org

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More recently the term has come to be used to describe a vacation taken by a couple that is expecting a baby in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby. Babymoons usually take place at a resort that offers appropriate services like prenatal massage.

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The idea of a babymoon plays right into the trend of couples delaying marriage and babies until later in life when careers are more stable and income more dispensable. And it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the travel industry has jumped on this bandwagon as well.

Be it a cool city-break or a luxurious beach vacation, a chance to recharge your batteries and reconnect with your partner might be just what you need. Luckily for you Thai based expectant moms, Thailand is a great place to plan a babymoon to remember.

Google “Thai resorts babymoon” and you’ll find plenty of great packages from high-end hotel chains. These inevitably include late check-outs, romantic dinners for two and exclusive spa packages for the mother-to-be.

I loved my babymoon. My husband and I went to Sri Lanka for two and a half weeks. A friend who was living there at the time organised a very comfortable van and driver who took us on a ten day tour. Among other things, we went on safari, visited the tea plantations and spent time on the beaches. We even got upgraded to first class on SriLankan Airlines when the cabin crew noticed my six and a half month bump.

Looking for something closer to home? Amphawa is one of our favourite places in all of Thailand. It has so many things going for it. It’s an easy drive from Bangkok. It’s tourist friendly yet it still retains a feel of ‘real Thailand’ and old world charm! And I defy anyone to take a night boat tour of the canals to see the fireflies and not feel a childish sense of wonder.

Expecting Expats - Babymoon Bangkok Thailand

When we’re in Amphawa we always stay at Baan Amphawa. This is where we went for a weekend in late October, three weeks before my due date and what turned out to be about ten days before my son was born. The hotel spa is welcoming and staffed by professionals who were more than confident in handling a very very pregnant lady.

Before our second son was born, I surprised my husband with a night at a 5 star hotel on the river in Bangkok. Sure, it wasn’t a two week trip abroad but it was a welcomed chance to spend a little “mommy and daddy” time before our family life changed forever once again.

When my husband and I look back on our life as a couple, these moments have meant a lot to us. Periodically reinforcing the bond between you and your partner is possibly the best thing that you can ultimately do for your child(ren).

A babymoon is just one way of doing that.

Image courtesy of Flickr, Thomas Pompernigg

My name is Jodie. I'm a 38 year old Canadian working and living in Bangkok, Thailand. My husband and I are both international teachers - though I'm taking this year off to be a full-time mom.

When we're not busy with other people's kids, we try our hand at raising our own very curious nearly four year old son and his 9 and half month old brother. When it comes to parenting, like most of us, I’m making a lot of it up as I go along .

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