Have you booked your Babymoon yet?

I was recently lucky enough to go on my babymoon. At 26 weeks I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get some sunshine and relaxation before the airlines ban me from flying. I find flying uncomfortable at the best of times, let alone with a bump and already swollen ankles.
Me and my hubby booked the seven-night Babymoon package  at the Kempinski Hotel in Barbaros Bay, Turkey. Knowing it was my babymoon, I was really expecting to be surrounded by other pregnant women, enjoying the same package as us. We wasn’t. I was the only pregnant lady there (I think) and we were truly looked after. 

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In between relaxing around the pool and paddling our feet in the turquoise Aegean Sea, I had a treatment every day, ranging from a 50-minute pregnancy massage to a 80-minute facial in their exclusive spa.

Daddy-to-be had a few massages thrown in too, to help relief his tired body, and give him some much-deserved TLC after looking after me for the last six months.

I also had a wonderful new treatment called Watsu. Now I’ve been to a few spas in my time, but never heard of this, which is a holistic therapy, that immerses the body in warm water and allows the water to gently stretch the joints. It’s hard to imagine, but you basically tie mini floats around your legs and let your therapist gently rock you and twist and turn you as the water supports your body, while stretching out your limbs.

The idea is that the warm water (about 92 to 94 degrees) relaxes your muscles whilst you floating in the water takes pressure off of the vertebrae and your joints and so they can be manipulated easily and any aches and pains can be soothed and relieved. It was a very relaxing treatment, although I did find it hard to let go at first and let my therapist swoosh me around in the water. It lasted 50 minutes and by the end I felt weightless and totally away with the fairies. I would most certainly like to try it again.

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So would I recommend that you go on a babymoon before your little one arrives? Absolutely! Apart from coming back with a renewed sense of energy, I have a glowing tan to match my glowing and growing bump, I feel totally prepared and excited to face my third trimester and I’ve had a chance to read a few books that have helped prepare me better for my pregnancy and labour (Like Effective Birth Preparation by Maggie Howell and Your Pregnancy Companion by Zita West, to name a few.)

Me and my husband have also totally reconnected and talked lots about what’s to come, whilst spending some quality time together without work and nursery decorating getting in the way.

 

Relax and unwind

Since being pregnant, I’ve realised just how important R&R is. Before I would probably ignore my body, go to the gym anyway and then start the whole cycle again but these days if I want a nap, I have one and if I’m too tired to go to the gym, I’ll stay in bed for an extra hour. It doesn’t happen much but for me I’m aware I’m growing a tiny little person and her needs comes before mine.

I love R&R these days. It’s the time when I really feel my baby kick and move about. I feel incredibly connected to her when I feel her and wish I could feel it all the time. It’s such a special feeling. So when I came across these Mexican Bola necklace from Blooming Lovely Jewellery, I had to get one!

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The chiming pendant is traditionally worn by pregnant women to bond with their unborn babies.
The lovely ball design, falls low over my growing bump and gently chimes as I move. Why does it chime? Well it’s said to gently serenade and soothe baby as I go about my daily life. I’ve found it very comforting to wear, especially as some days I don’t get to sit down – it’s all rush, rush, rush, and I just want to sit down and feel her kick. It’s nice to know that she knows mummy is there and thinking of her even when I’m rushed off my feet.

This really is a lovely gift to wear throughout your whole pregnancy, everytime I hear the chime, it reminds me that I have a very special baby inside of me and that I do have to take things a little bit easier these days. Since getting it I have hardly taken it off! Frankie from the Saturdays hasn’t either! Image

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