Within a few weeks of finding out we were pregnant, I started thinking about how getting away for a vacation with just me and Dave was going to be a lot more difficult in a few months. I’d obviously heard of people taking babymoons, but wasn’t sure it was for me. My ideal vacation involves drinking a pina colada on the beach, and taking away the pina colada part didn’t sound all that appealing! But, the more I thought about it, I realized that a relaxing vacation would be the perfect way for us to unwind and enjoy each other’s company before we meet our baby girl.
Where to Go
The first challenge with planning our babymoon was choosing the perfect location. We settled on Galveston, Texas. I wanted to enjoy warm weather and the beach, but obviously wanted to avoid any potential Zika virus concerns and wanted somewhere that we could fly directly to from Kansas City. It ended up being the perfect spot for our Friday through Monday trip!
Where to Stay
If you ask me, the best beach vacations are had at all-inclusive resorts. But when you can’t drink and your crowded stomach can only fit small amounts of food at a time, an all-inclusive might not be worth the money. We stayed at the Hotel Galvez (not all-inclusive). It’s a gorgeous, historic hotel right on the beach in Galveston. What sold me on it was the on-site and highly rated spa and the heated pool with a swim-up bar (I didn’t want to be getting this preggo belly in and out of the pool for my ice waters and smoothies!). It was also walking or a short driving distance from all of the other Galveston attractions we wanted to enjoy. My only complaint was that brunch was incredibly expensive (once again, crowded stomach doesn’t make it worth paying $65 a person for a buffet that I would only be able to eat a small bit of). But they had a complimentary continental breakfast on Easter that suited us just fine.
What to Do
I’m usually the type who plans her entire vacation weeks before we reach our destination. I’m talking brunch, lunch, dinner and drink reservations, tickets for activities and an entire itinerary. But for your babymoon I recommend just going with the flow. You can make reservations for meals, but as we all know there are days in pregnancy when certain foods just don’t sound good. And you never know when pregnancy fatigue will set in and leave you way too exhausted to walk around all day. We did plan a couple activities ahead of time, but other than that just did things as we went. Some of the activities we enjoyed were:
- Couples massage at our hotel
- Double-check that they offer prenatal massage, and bonus if they have the table that fits a pregnant belly – Hotel Galvez did!
- Pool time
- I enjoyed virgin pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris. One advice – lather up the sunscreen and wear a hat. My skin is a lot more sensitive in pregnancy and burned way more easily than normal!
- Dinner at Rudy & Paco’s
- This place books weeks in advance, so I did make reservations. So worth it! Fresh seafood almost always sounds good.
- Beach time
- Surrey ride along the coast
- Bishop’s Palace Tour
- Rainforest at Moody Gardens
The babymoon was a success for us! We spent around $2,000 total for the entire trip, so it’s definitely possible to babymoon on a budget. I recommend it. It was a chance for us to spend time alone, reflect on the past few months and look forward to the months and years to come. Pregnancy is an exciting but stressful time, and it’s so important to take the opportunity to soak it all in because it really does go by so quickly! Now we’re tan and getting ever more ready to meet our baby girl!