ANTIGUA MAKES THE PERFECT BABYMOON GETAWAY
Antigua offers the ultimate babymoon destination that will satisfy all of your prenatal cravings. A place to unwind and destress with a bit of low impact physical activity too. A babymoon in Antigua will be the most romantic and relaxing time of your life!
Babymoons must be planned in advance. The optimal time for pregnant women to travel and vacation is in the second trimester — as the morning sickness has likely passed, and they are still comfortable sitting on airplanes and moving around. According to the Government of Canada, the safest time to travel is between the 18th to 24th weeks of pregnancy.
SATISFY YOUR CRAVINGS
Boom Restaurant, also known as Boom at Gunpowder House is the poolside restaurant of the Admiral Inn Hotel. Located on the south side of the island, with views of Nelson’s dockyard — this restaurant not only offers spectacular views but delicious signature virgin cocktails and mouth watering foods to satisfy any pregnancy craving. For those moms-to-be craving savoury, try the truffle parmesan fries. For those craving sweet, try a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce (pickles not included but optional). For restaurant guests, use of the pool, hammocks and day beds are available.
After a heavy lunch, take a much-needed nap in the shade, or rest while reading a great book.
RELAX AND DESTRESS
It is important for pregnant women to unwind and destress. The Spa at the Verandah Resort offers a special pregnancy massage for those over three months. The massage is designed to ease muscle tension and fatigue that pregnant women experience. For additional spa services, try Elements Antigua which is committed to using chemical-free, all
natural products. They offer reflexology treatments which are known to help with healing and increase circulation, as well as their famous fresh food facials.
For pregnant women, it may be hard to go to a Caribbean island and not overly indulge in the world-renowned seafood. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that pregnant women consume fish no more than two to three times per week. Sheer Rocks restaurant was voted second best restaurant in the Caribbean by USA Today offers a variety of non-seafood options including sweet potato and coconut soup and an organic beet root salad as appetizers, and beef short ribs, pork rib steak and rib-eye steak as mains.
As an expectant mom — you will hear that your laundry loads will drastically increase with a newborn — so why not stock up. While on the island, check out the Peek-A-Boo Baby Bootique. There you can find things like organic cotton bibs, hooded towel sets, flannel receiving blankets, and clothing items such as onesies, dresses, overalls, leggings, jeans and shoes.
During your pregnancy, it is important to prioritize exercise. It will help with things including blood flow, stress, energy, and endurance. The Lookout Trail at Nelson’s Dockyard is a relatively easy hike — perfect for the mom-to-be. The trail begins at the Lookout Shirley Heights and along the clearly marked path you will experience beautiful views of Galleon Beach and Freeman’s Bay.
For those mommies-to-be, Antigua and Barbuda is the perfect babymoon getaway.
Writer Rebecca Cohen