A babymoon is a relaxing vacation taken by couples who are expecting a child. Babymoons are often taken in luxurious locations, as the babymoon is seen as the last vacation that the couple will have alone until their child leaves home when they reach legal age. Babymoon travel is typically taken during the second trimester of pregnancy, when pre-natal complications and pre-term birth risk is at its lowest.
First coined by social anthropologist Sheila Kitzinger in 1994 as a term referencing the post-natal time period that is spent with parent and child, the term has evolved with time to indicate a vacation period.
Sheila Kitzinger was the first person to print the term "babymoon" in 1994 describing the honeymoon-like phase of parenting immediately after giving birth.
The term took on a separate cultural meaning in the early 2000s when celebrity couples’ trips during their pregnancies were dubbed “babymoons” by pop-culture magazines. The term was picked up by travel agencies and bloggers to describe the last trip parents will take sans-child.
The portmanteau of "honeymoon" and "baby" has been around since the early 1970s. Its first print is traced to 1994, and it began to gain slight traction when used as a marketing tool in 2004 for a luxury resort.
Many celebrities are indulging in the babymoon vacation, taking both luxurious and low-key trips to far off destinations all over the world. Pop culture icons William, Duke of Cambridge & Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, took a babymoon vacation to Mustique in 2013 and once again babymooned during their second pregnancy with a trip to Scotland at Balmoral Castle.
In 2016, the babymoon trend expanded in Bollywood when several celebrity couples, including Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, publicly took babymoon vacations and shared them with entertainment news sources.
A film about the trend is slated for release in 2017. “The Babymoon” is the first full-length feature film about babymoon cultural phenomena, written and directed by Bailey Kobe. It is the first film that explored the idea of taking a romantic vacation in the middle of pregnancy, and what the impact of that vacation is on the relationship of the parents.
In 2015, Kim and Fred Spratt of Jackson, New Jersey, took a babymoon vacation to Portugal with the full medical clearance of their physician. Tragedy struck when Kim pre-maturely gave birth to twins, Hudson and Hayden Spratt. Only one twin survived, and Kim and Fred were stranded in Portugal until Hayden Spratt, the surviving twin, was able to be flown back to the United States on a medical flight.
With the outbreak of Zika in 2015, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a statement in January 2016 cautioning potential babymoon travelers. The threat is continuing to be monitored by the CDC, with updates being posted on their website.
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