When you’re pregnant life can seem such an effort, after all, growing a baby is hard work. So there’s no doubt you deserve some time to relax and take a holiday before the baby comes. But what if you don’t want to stray too far from home? Here are 5 places to get away to whilst you’re pregnant.
1. The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
I love it here, and we actually went for a “babymoon” here whilst I was pregnant with Isabelle. The gorgeous Cotswold stone houses and babbling brooks give you plenty to see, or you can explore the beautiful countryside and quaint towns and villages, maybe even admire the splendour of Blenheim Palace, which is a truly magnificent place to visit.
Of course, if you’d rather cosy up inside your hotel and hide away for a few days, you can do that too. As Holidaysafe point out in their pregnancy travel guide, not all trips are created equal when you’re pregnant, and if you need rest then it’s important to listen to your body. This is meant to be time to cherish before the sleepless nights, so make the most of it!
2. Bath, Somerset
If a city break is more your style, why not try Bath? It is known for its ancient history and beautiful architecture, including the famous Crescent Row. There’s a thriving music and theatre scene, plus lots of museums if you’re after something cultural, and you can even visit the Roman baths and sample the spa water in the Pump Room – not that I’d recommend that! (I live in a Spa town and have tried it myself, so just take my word for it.)
After a day of exploring, treat yourself to afternoon tea or a Sally Lunn bun, a Bath delicacy which is part bread, part cake and can be served with sweet or savoury toppings.
3. Aldeburgh, Suffolk
If tranquil sea views and salty air sound like your idea of heaven, then head to one of the UK’s many seaside towns. Aldeburgh in Suffolk is ideal, with a beautiful stretch of coastline and rows of charming independent shops to browse in. Stroll along the seafront and treat yourself to some local fish and chips. Head to the chippy early to avoid queuing down the street. The Telegraph recently listed Aldeburgh as one of the top 20 places to sample fresh seafood, and the Sunday Mirror described the fish and chips as ‘arguably the best in the world’ – I don’t know about you but now I’m hungry.
If it’s raining outside, no worries. Sit back and watch a film at the tiny traditional cinema – one of the oldest in the UK; or see a concert or exhibition at the nearby Snape Maltings arts complex.
4. Tees Valley
Is pampering more your style? How about looking for a getaway destination where the spa offers treatments tailored especially to expectant mothers? Many offer a prenatal package, so you know that any treatments and products are safe during pregnancy. Just remember to let them know you’re pregnant when you book to make sure they are ready and have everything suited to you.
There are plenty of options in Tees Valley. Park Hotel offers a Mum-To-Be massage, and at Wynyard Hall, a country house and spa, expectant mothers can choose from a relaxing pregnancy massage or a top-to-toe treatment.
I love a bit of window shopping and sometimes you want nothing more than to indulge in a little retail therapy, Cardiff is an ideal location to let your inner shopaholic run wild.
You can find all your high street staples along Queen Street and in St David’s Centre, and don’t forget to have fun wandering through the winding Victorian arcades to see what you can discover. Spillers Records, the oldest records shop in the world, is well worth a visit and it’s always fun to get lost in the hustle and bustle of Cardiff Market.
Once you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, head down to Cardiff Bay and enjoy a meal by the waterfront.
So has this given you any inspiration for a little “babymoon”? Or do you have any tips of places that you went to that were nice? Let me know in the comments below.
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