Babymoon

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A babymoon is a vacation taken by couples when one of them is pregnant.

Babymoons are often taken in luxurious locations, as the babymoon is expected to be 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.[1]

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.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Sheila Kitzinger was the first person[citation needed] 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 called "babymoons" by pop-culture magazines. The term was picked up by travel agencies and bloggers to describe the last trip parents will take before giving birth.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

One of the first uses of the word was as a marketing tool in 2004 for a luxury resort.[3]

Zika[edit | edit source]

With the outbreak of Zika in 2015, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a statement in January 2016 cautioning potential babymoon travelers.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Pregnancy and Travel". American Pregnancy Association. Retrieved 12/30/2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. Kitzinger, Sheila (1994). The year after childbirth : surviving and enjoying the first year of motherhood (1st U.S. ed.). New York: Scribner. ISBN 0-684-19615-8. 
  3. Harpaz, Beth (4/9/2014). "Staycation or bleisure? Travel loves made-up words - Online Athens". Online Athens. Associated Press. http://onlineathens.com/travel/2014-04-09/staycation-or-bleisure-travel-loves-made-words. Retrieved 12/30/2016. 
  4. "Zika Virus". CDC.