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We're husband and wife who formed our Love + Water Photography team on Maui in 2014. Since then we've created a series of weddings and sessions from the land + sea, drawing inspiration from the gorgeous colors of Maui sunrises and sunsets.



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Planning Your Babymoon: What a Babymoon Is and Why You Need One

Taking a babymoon is all the buzz—and for good reason. But if you’re wondering what a babymoon is and why you should plan one, you’re in the right place. We know a thing or two about the babymoon experience, especially when it comes to guiding you through planning a Maui babymoon.

So what’s the big deal with babymoons? Well, the journey to parenthood is a magical experience filled with a vast range of emotions. Amidst the excitement and preparations, it’s crucial to take a step back and prioritize your relationship before the arrival of your little one. This is where the concept of a babymoon comes into play. 

In this blog post, we’ll tell you more about what babymoons are, their significance, and why you should consider taking one if you’re expecting.

Along the way, you’ll see photos from our maternity photoshoot with Karmyn, who was 31 weeks along during her Maui babymoon. This session was photographed by our team at sunset in Wailea, Maui

We loved that Karmyn had a few different outfits to mix up the look and feel of the portraits.

Now, onto the good stuff.

Woman poses on the beach for maternity portraits during her Maui babymoon

What is a Babymoon?

A “babymoon” gets its name from the more familiar word “honeymoon”. However, rather than a vacation to celebrate wedded bliss, a babymoon is intentional time away taken before baby bliss—shortly before your newborn arrives. 

This type of vacation is usually taken by expecting parents during pregnancy. Some mothers prefer to plan their babymoon during the second trimester when the mother is likely to feel more comfortable and energetic. Other moms prefer to plan this break for when their bump is bigger and they feel even more ready to put their feet up in the third trimester. 

There is no correct answer. Either way, it’s an opportunity for couples to enjoy some quality time together, unwind, and create beautiful memories before the baby arrives.

Benefits of Planning a Babymoon

If you’re expecting, you may not need much convincing to plan for time off and take a short break before your baby arrives. But just in case, we’ve outlined all the reasons you’d want to—or rather need to—plan this type of pre-baby vacation. 

It creates the opportunity to enjoy quality time with your partner.

Once your little bundle of joy arrives, your attention and time will naturally revolve around the baby. A babymoon offers you a chance to reconnect with your partner, away from daily distractions and responsibilities of everyday life. It allows you to focus on each other and celebrate the journey you’ve embarked upon together.

Straight-up relaxation and rejuvenation. 

Need we say more? Pregnancy can bring various physical and emotional changes to a woman’s body. Taking a babymoon provides an opportunity for the expectant mother to unwind, destress, and indulge in activities that promote relaxation and self-care. Whether it’s lounging on the beach, getting a prenatal massage, or simply enjoying peaceful moments together, the babymoon serves as a well-deserved break.

Mom to be holds hands with her partner as they stroll a Maui beach during their maternity session

To simply celebrate this milestone.

Whether it’s your first baby or fifth baby, each pregnancy marks a significant transition in your life. It is a time of anticipation, joy, and change. Going on a babymoon allows you to celebrate this beautiful phase, and in honor of that, you could also consider booking a maternity photoshoot during your babymoon. Having a professional photographer capture this moment in time will create keepsakes you adore for life—ones you can eventually share with your child too. It’s a great way to embrace the excitement of this next chapter.

You can have fun exploring new destinations.

Babymoons offer the chance to travel to new and exciting destinations, whether it’s a secluded beach resort, a romantic city getaway, or a serene countryside retreat. Choosing a destination that caters to your preferences as a couple ensures a memorable experience. If you’re feeling up to it, you can plan scenic walks or catch the sunset at a picturesque spot in the area. 

Remember to research and select a location that offers a safe and relaxed environment, taking into consideration any pregnancy-related travel restrictions or medical advice.

It’s a peaceful space to continue bonding with your baby. 

When you’re not caught up in getting through your day-to-day responsibilities, you create even more space to bond with your unborn child. Feeling the baby’s gentle kicks while strolling along the beach or talking and singing to the little one feels incredibly special. It allows both parents to connect with their baby in a serene and intimate setting, creating beautiful moments you’ll look back on for years to come.

Couple embraces at the beach on their babymoon while their maternity photographer captures the moment

Why Maui Makes for a Beautiful Babymoon Location 

Every time you travel, you want to do a little research into your destination—but this is especially true for your babymoon! As an expecting mom, it’s even more important to think about factors like climate, safety, and accessibility. Wherever you go, look for a location that offers amenities that cater to the needs of expectant parents.

That said, we are pretty big fans of Maui babymoons (no surprise there). Maui has everything you need to enjoy an incredible babymoon experience: tranquil beaches, stunning beauty, important amenities, and activities to meet the needs of all kinds of expecting Moms. Whether you’re looking to book a massage, find a pool to lounge by, or chill out on the beach all day long, Maui has what you need.

And there’s something about Maui that brings a natural sense of ease. As soon as you’re here, it’s like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. At this time in your life, you deserve to feel that relief and be in a space that’s safe, peaceful, and relaxing. 

But before you take off for Maui (or any other babymoon destination), here are some things to consider.

  • Consult with your healthcare provider. Before you make travel plans, always consult with your healthcare provider to ensure it is safe for you and your baby. They can provide valuable advice and recommendations based on your individual circumstances, such as the best time to travel and any precautions to take.
  • Choose the right timing. Every pregnancy is unique, but it’s crucial to listen to your body and choose a time that suits you best. There is no “perfect” time to plan your babymoon—only the time that suits you best.
  • Pack thoughtfully. When packing for your babymoon, remember essentials like comfortable clothing, reef-friendly sunscreen, prenatal vitamins, and any necessary medical documentation. Remember to pack your pregnancy-related items, such as maternity wear and comfortable footwear. If you’re planning on getting some pregnancy portraits, bring outfits you and your bump feel best in.
Woman in gorgeous tulle dress poses for photos with her partner to celebrate their babymoon
Woman wears a stunning maternity dress for portraits taken during her Maui babymoon

Your Blissful Babymoon Awaits

Your babymoon is an invaluable opportunity to pause, unwind, and celebrate this next step in your journey. By cherishing quality time together, embracing relaxation, and creating lasting memories, you should feel a little more rejuvenated as you approach the arrival of your little one. 

So, take the time to plan your babymoon, choose the perfect destination, and embark on this enchanting adventure. This cherished experience will stay with you as you welcome your little one into this world, and beyond. 

Visiting Maui for your babymoon? We highly recommend it. While you’re here, remember to book your Maui maternity session with Love + Water during your Hawaii babymoon! 

woman splashes in the waves on Maui for her pregnancy photos

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