My husband and I love to travel, so as soon as I got pregnant we knew we needed to take advantage of our last opportunity to travel as a childless couple by taking a babymoon. I was more audacious in my travel goals, suggesting places like Paris and Italy, but Dom (my husband) wanted to stay a bit closer to home (for obvious reasons), so we started looking at various states and ultimately landed on NYC. What seemed like a great idea in the first trimester started to become nerve wracking as a I grew bigger, but I was determined to make it work. I told myself that New York women get pregnant every day, and if they can survive the hustle and bustle, so could I. Dom had never been to NYC, so obviously he wanted to see all the sites. Doing the whole big apple tour can be very exhausting, even for the non-preggo’s, so here are a couple of tips to help you survive a weekeing in the NYC at 6 months pregnant.
Comfortable shoes! This one is SO obvious but still has to be number 1 on the list. I thought I brought comfortable shoes, but quickly realized how wrong I was. I brought my favourite pre-pregnancy pair of Adidas runners, but because I hadn’t realized how much my feet had already grown I ended up purchasing a pair of Nike’s at the Nike Lab in Soho.
See a Broadway show. It’s a great way to be entertained while off your feet. If you like a good comedy I highly recommend Book of Mormon. Keep dinner close to the theatre so you don’t feel rushed. While dinner in Times Square doesn’t sound awfully appealing to most, there are some great theatre district restaurants that make the whole “dinner and a show” experience very seamless. We went with Toloache for Mexican, and the guac was out of this world.
Tour Central Park via handsome cab. We did this on our last afternoon and it was a great way to let our (my) feet and back recoup. Yes, a handsome cab is a probably the most “touristy” thing you can do in New York, but it’s also kind of classic, and we both loved the walking break. Be sure to book in advance through a legit tour operator, vs one of those sketchy guys that approach you outside of the park.
Have dinner at Carbone. Getting a reservation isn’t easy, and you will need to be on top of this months in advance, but if you can get in, it’s totally worth it. Once the baby comes you probably won’t be spending hundreds of dollars on dinner for a very long time, and the bill at Carbone is significantly cheaper when only one of you is having wine, so splurge while you can. Be sure to get the spicy rigatoni. Its probably the best pasta dish I’ve ever had.
While we are on the topic of food, why not make this whole trip one massive culinary adventure? You can’t drink your calories, so you may as well eat them. We ate in almost every borough, everything from ramen to tacos, and there wasn’t a moment of food guilt or regret. We headed to Brooklyn for pizza at Robert’s, had corned beed sammies at Kat’s Deli on the Lower East Side and the most amazing ramen in the East Village.
Go on a site seeing boat cruise. This is a great way to take in the city skyline without having to walk the whole city. We ran out of time for this, so ended up getting our skyline view from the top of the Empire State, but if I could do it again I would have opted for the boat instead.
This is going to sound insensitive, but I would avoid the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. This was way too emotional for a hormonal pregnant woman. As a Fire Inspector, this was at the top of Dom’s list, so it was a must see, but if I am being completely honest, it took a while and a lot of retail therapy to get me out of the funk it created. This isn’t going anywhere, so maybe save it for another trip.
All in all, New York was an amazing choice when it came to our babymoon. It was a quick flight which made travelling less stressful and because I had already experienced the night life on a previous trip, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. I won’t lie, the constant walking took its toll, but it was nothing a prenatal massage couldn’t fix. Would something like Palm Springs or Scottsdale have been more relaxing? Of course! But at the end of the day, New York is always a good idea.