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BabyMoon Where You Live

Everyone that is a resident of Bermuda has bragging rights of “living where you vacation” but what about “babymoon where you vacation”? A “babymoon” is a play off a honeymoon, where the expecting parent or parents travel to a destination of their choice for a last hurrah before the bundle of joy arrives. Being in Bermuda already, you’re one step ahead! Here are some ideas you can do to bond with your bump and enjoy yourself with some well-deserved TLC. Treat yourself or add to your baby shower wish list.

Prenatal massage

Not much is more welcome or satisfying than a prenatal massage on all the stretched and sore bits, and the views offered by many an island spa. It doesn’t hurt either. Many spas offer a prenatal massage but call around and ask about their technique. If you’re further along, you may want to ensure your bump is protected and cradled and there is an option to be slightly elevated. Some other bonuses of a prenatal massage are:

  • Improves circulation, digestion and sleep
  • Reduces swelling
  • Helps to relax physically, mentally and emotionally
  • Promotes the production of oxytocin (helps induce labor); ask if the technician is familiar with acupressure and pressure points if you’re looking to get labor started!
Swimming

Bermuda’s waters are second to none and the weightlessness the water provides gives your body a well needed break from carrying baby around. Enjoy the relief on your muscles, the healing of the salt water, and the sounds of the waves. Swimming is a low-level form of exercise that keeps you moving and can also help to prepare your body for labor and loosen up tight ligaments and tendons.

Prenatal yoga

There are many studios around the island that offer prenatal yoga in serene, jaw dropping settings that will make you feel far from home. Prenatal yoga is great for mind-body-bump connection, deep breathing, relaxing, stretching, and endorphins. As you progress further along in your pregnancy, yoga also helps to prep the body and mind for labor. During labor, the deep lunges can be used for relief during contractions (internet search “the Miles Circuit”). Some positions have also been rumored to induce labor so be mindful when practicing closer to your due date.

Pamper yourself with a Spa day

Treat yourself like the Queen you are for a day, which can also double as prep for the postpartum period. Once the baby comes, you’ll be so busy with your new day to day that things like hair, nails and waxing may take a backseat for a while. Treating yourself to a protective hairstyle that will last and is easy to maintain is a huge help; you can still look and feel cute with minimal effort. Manicures and pedicures can help soothe swelling, get blood circulating and help remove toxins depending on the type of treatment you choose to get. Pedicures can be extra soothing if you’re further along and haven’t been able to treat your feet in some time. Waxing helps to keep hair growth away for longer periods but be warned, you may be more sensitive in certain areas.

Maternity Photoshoot

After your spa day, book a shoot! With your choice of breathtaking spots to bring out your inner and outer beauty this popular trend is an amazing way to create memories as well as get your glow on. There are so many Bermudian photographers on the Island, you will have your pick to choose from to bring your vision to life. I am a firm believer that self-love and connection to self should not be underestimated when it comes to birth and thereafter. These images show you in all your pregnancy glory, before you became a mom of this little one, a very powerful reminder of what your body is capable of and a motivator of what it can accomplish.

Picnic

The great thing about a picnic is how versatile they can be. You can be as low or high maintenance as you want; at a beach with the waves, a park with the open air and nature, or at your home. Hire someone that specializes in outside lounge setups or set yourself up – whatever suits you. You also have your choice of food vendors from healthy snack platters, desserts, or a meal. Once you’re set up with seating and sustenance, relax and enjoy your surroundings. As always, connect with your baby, your breathing and those in your company; this is about you and your impending joy into parenthood.

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