Spark some romance by cozying up to your partner in front of a toasty fire. In the summer, mountain resorts offer a host of outdoor activities even pregnant women can enjoy, such as swimming and nature walks.
What to consider: Be sure to ask your doctor if it’s safe for you to travel to a high altitude destination, which is often remote from medical care in an emergency. “Remember to drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration,” says family physician Karen Shulman. Also, pregnancy often causes shortness of breath, so if you’re not used to being at a high altitude where there’s less oxygen in the air, shortness of breath may be even more apparent. Conservative advice for pregnant women is to avoid altitudes above 8,000 feet. Pack lots of clothes that layer well -- a pregnant woman’s fluctuating hormones may cause hot flashes or other body temperature changes.
Where to go: The Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont, offers prenatal massages as well as side-by-side couple’s massages in a special couple’s suite with its own fireplace. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a great choice for alpine bliss, where couples can enjoy a delicious fondue dinner and sleigh ride and then go shopping in Whistler Village. Hall recommends the Firelite Lodge in North Lake Tahoe as an affordable mountain getaway, which features spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and a complimentary breakfast including hot waffles, cereal and fruit.
Insider tip: According to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, children of exercising pregnant women are more intelligent than their peers and their moms enjoy a quicker recovery, fewer complications and easier deliveries.