The Glow Up Phase

After the sluggish feels of the last 3 months, on a random Thursday, second trimester hits you. It’s as if you dreamt up the last few months and all the tiredness vanishes. Your skin becomes super smooth and you finally get that heavenly glow. Let me be the first to welcome you to the glory days of pregnancy.

I must say, the second trimester was the best time for me throughout the pregnancy saga, as you can tell already. Your energy levels shoot up, there’s something cute about your baby bump and the way it sits in maternity clothing. Heck, I even tried exercising again. Although, everything is great during this time, one thing still remains… you’re still pregnant so you can’t push it (that comes later!). I tried for about two weeks to exercise again and realised it wasn’t for me but I was still determined to be healthy. I eventually opted on, which I would recommend to all expecting moms, putting myself in situations where I needed to walk. That was my exercise and it worked! For instance, I would accompany my mom to the mall on weekends and walkabout the aisles. During the week, instead of taking a packed lunch to work and eating at my desk, I opted for walking across the street to buy myself lunch and I still do this to date. Those few meters a day added up to a few kilometers weekly and it really helped me with weight control during my pregnancy.

One thing I do recommend but with some caution after my experience is a babymoon. A babymoon is a holiday just before the baby arrives to celebrate your last moments of sanity.

Really.

I would think the second trimester is the best time to take a holiday as you are not hurling at every smell crossing your path and you aren’t waddling like a penguin yet. During this time, I did go on a holiday to Munich and Paris. I absolutely loved Munich, whilst Paris was a bit of a different story.

Munich, Germany
Mandarin Oriental Munich
Eiffel Tower, Paris

We went during the time when France was hosting the Euro 2016 and we were right in the middle of the excitement for the football tournament. One night we decided to head over to the fan viewing which was held at the Eiffel Tower. Dreamy huh? Keep in mind, that this was a time when Paris was on edge due to a recent terrorist attack.After the whistle blew, we had our drinks and hot dogs, we found a space to sit and started watching the screening. Things were going great and it was going to be one hell of a night.

Euro 2016, Paris, France

I looked down for a minute right, and the next minute I heard such an ominous sound of foot stamping and I saw a wave of people rushing towards me. I got up and started to run but not fast enough. I fell and the shear shock and fright of it all stopped me from standing up. As I was preparing myself to be hit by the stampede, I was luckily rescued and moved to safety. And moreso, I was happy to know this was just a false alarm and not a real terrorist attack. A lot of people were hurt that night and that was the end of the night for me and Paris.

Not to say this horrible experience will happen to anyone but looking back, I would have much rather enjoyed a relaxing holiday on a resort than wrestling the busy city streets and crowds. So if you’re considering a babymoon, here are three of my favourite places that I’ve visited and think would make a great babymoon destination:

  1. Zanzibar

A beautiful island on the east coast of Africa (Tanzania) with white sands and blue calm waters as far as the eye could see. What I loved about this island is that there’s plenty of places to take a leisurely stroll and sight-see whilst also offering plenty of bump friendly water activities. This gives you plenty of opportunity to bond with your baby bump and your travel companion. Plus, it’s a very affordable holiday.

Tanzania, Zanzibar, Stone Town, wooden door. Stone Town is the old part of Zanzibar City, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania.

Things to look out for:

The aim is to relax, so take a stroll on the incredibly beautiful Nungwi Beach up north and take a dip in the warm Indian Ocean. This was a massive plus because I’m not a fan of cold water…ever!

Check out the spices tour and take a boat to Changuu (Prison) Island and see the tortoises.

Travel Tip:

You will require a yellow fever injection, please check with your doctor about vaccinations and the safety of baby.

Book yourself in a 4 or 5 star (officially rated) hotel especially as a pregnant lady with dietary requirements. Higher rated hotels will be able to see to your needs better and remember comfort is key.

2. Mauritius

I had the pleasure of working and living in Mauritius for a couple of months and I absolutely loved it. I would say Mauritius is a more urban and modern island compared to Zanzibar, so this is a much better fit for travelling expecting moms as essentials and emergency services are up to scratch.

Things to look out for:

As a big nature lover, check out the Chamarel waterfall, the seven coloured earth of Chamarel and the south west beaches. There are some hidden gems across the island so, get lost and drive as far as the road can take you.

Another cool thing to do would be to book yourself on a Catamaran cruise and head over to the surrounding smaller islands.

Chamarel Waterfall, Mauritius

Travel tip:

If you can, get yourself a rental vehicle and drive around the island. This is the best way to get around and see the island properly. It gives you freedom to be able to move when you need and want to.

3. Marataba Safari Lodge

So I thrive on being a bargain hunter, but there’s nothing bargain hunty about this place. Despite the price… this is what I imagine heaven to be like. I came to Marataba Safari Lodge in Limpopo with family for a weekend getaway and I was completely blown away. It’s creme de la creme luxury. This is the ultimate babymoon destination for nature lovers like myself. So, my love for nature stems from me growing up near Kruger National Park for a massive portion of my childhood. But, this ain’t no regular safari, this is decadent living. From the small details, to the modern decor of the lodge and the game drives with sundowners. The food was also absolutely amazing and the surroundings will make you forget everything. The tented accommodation is nothing like a tent. It’s very spacious with a comfy bed and I’ve never slept so well. Any person, pregnant or not would enjoy and relax well here.

Marataba Safari Lodge, Limpopo, South Africa
Luxury tented accommodation
Marataba Safari Lodge, Limpopo, South Africa

I have nothing bad or any travel tips to give on this place. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and something you should do once to indulge.

I trust this will provide a few ideas on a relaxing babymoon before baby arrives. Sometimes a whole holiday can be costly and options such as a spa day or a great lunch at your favourite restuarant can also do the trick. Take this opportunity to pamper yourself (or friends and family of pregnant woman, pamper your precious lady) however you see fit. You’re growing an entire human inside your body, you deserve to be celebrated. With that said, happy second trimester, the honeymoon phase of pregnancy!

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