Yes. It's a real thing. Though recommended to be taken during your second trimester, when the nausea has passed and you have yet to feel the aches and pains of the third trimester, the timing wasn't right for my husband and I. So at 31 weeks pregnant we packed up our car and headed to Lake Tahoe for our babymoon.
To all you Bay Area mama's looking for an easy, inexpensive getaway, below are a few tips for a quick and relaxing weekend babymoon in North Lake Tahoe.
1. The drive : If you can, leave on a weekday. Driving in Bay Area traffic is not the most ideal for someone who has the urge to pee every five minutes. The husband and I left on Thursday at 10am from our home in San Francisco. Despite the inevitable slow down at the bridge and a few spots of traffic along the way, it was smooth sailing. And when you need to, stop. Take as many bathroom breaks as you need and be sure to stretch. The hubby drove there and surprisingly, I only needed to stop once.
2. Travel : You will want to pack a few essentials to make sure you are comfortable on the drive. Snacks, water, and a pillow were my obvious go to items. To keep me relaxed on the drive and the weekend, I packed a coloring book, my tried and true pair of Ray Ban aviators for lounging on the deck and my essential oils to alleviate any headaches and keep my relaxed vibe going strong.
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3. Lodging : We were fortunate enough to rent a cabin from family friends in North Lake Tahoe, just a few minutes away from Kings Beach. If the timing is right for your pregnancy, maximize the offseason weekday rates that are offered. But beware, the weather is a wildcard as summer comes to an end.
To save on eating out for every single meal, I highly recommend spending a little extra to book a cabin or room with a kitchenette to appease your late night cravings. Though we opted for a cabin in the woods, if you're looking for something lake front, Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort is your home away from home in North Lake Tahoe. With a private beach to lounge on, community grills to BBQ, plenty of recreational activities to pick and choose from, this is also the go to place for family vacations once your little babe is born.
4. Food : Opted for lodging with a kitchen? Good! There's a Safeway in Kings Beach where I was relieved to stock up on my cravings and grocery items for a few home made meals. But if there is only room in your budget to eat out once, you will not regret, nor break bank at the Char Pit. Think burgers, ribs, and shakes, though every time we're here, we always order the same thing - the clam po' boy. Our meal only cost us about $25.oo. I promise you'll leaved satisfied.
5. Activities : It's your babymoon, now is the time to do the things that will be challenging for you to do once your little one is born. There was a thunderstorm Friday night (like I said earlier, the weather is a wildcard during the off season), so after a home cooked dinner by the hubby, I relaxed in a bubble bath for what felt like hours, threw on something cozy and cuddled with the Mr. But just earlier in the day, we took a short hike through the Tahoe National Forest and it was warm out.
And ladies, remember, it's your partner's babymoon too. We found the time to check out Alibi Aleworks in nearby Incline Village, though there are two locations. The location in Truckee serves food. The Mr. was happy he got the chance to try some local brew and bought some to bring back to our cabin.
Whatever your energy level maybe, remember to take breaks. The elevation in Tahoe is no joke, and having already started struggling with shortness of breathe, it was amplified up in the mountains during more strenuous activities.
We didn't really have a plan for the babymoon, there was no agenda for us to follow. We simply did as we pleased based on our mood and how I was feeling, because let's be real, it may be a long time before you get a carefree weekend once the little one is born.
so whether you choose to stay local or to go overseas, I'd have to say the #1 thing to remember on your babymoon, relax. You deserve it.
Stay Mighty (and relaxed!),