Vacations during pregnancy can feel both daunting and enticing to an expectant mother. With the right preparation and appropriate expectations, a trip to The Outer Banks is the perfect getaway for a pregnant tourist. Here are a few tips to guide you as you navigate the beautiful coast during those nine months:
1. Slow down!
Your body is working hard and it’s normal to feel some extra exhaustion. Fortunately, the coastal towns along The Outer Banks provide the perfect setting to slow down and take in the beauty of the barrier islands. Don’t plan an itinerary that requires you to rush from one place to the next. Leave time to relax, read a book, and take in the sights and smells of salty air.
Many of the popular tourist sites require a bit of walking and you would do well to prepare beforehand. Bring along plenty of water, wear comfortable shoes, and take breaks often.
There are a few destinations that come to mind from my recent trip that I felt I could have been more prepared for. First, Jockey’s Ridge is a beautiful, large sand dune. Walking up and down the big hills made of deep sand can be exhausting. Second, the Wright Brothers National Memorial has an iconic monument at the top of Kill Devil Hill, a long and steep climb. Both of these places are absolutely worth the visit, even as an expecting mother! Remember to take your time and stay hydrated.
The Outer Banks has no shortage of delicious local restaurants and your body needs sustenance, energy, and treats.
Start your mornings with a classic breakfast from Stack ‘em High Pancakes and So Forth or a nice hearty bagel sandwich from Barrier Island Bagels.
End the day with a relaxing but tasty dinner. Miller’s Waterfront is a great place to catch the sunset while you dine on coconut shrimp and crab dip.
Remember to treat yourself to dessert too—you deserve it! Donutz On a Stick is a unique take on a classic treat and may be one of the islands’ biggest hidden gems.
3. Head Inside
If you’re visiting the coast during the summer months, you’ll likely need some breaks from the sun.
There are plenty of opportunities to take your fun indoors where there’s shade and air conditioning. If you’re visiting the coast during the summer months, you’ll likely need some breaks from the sun. There are plenty of opportunities to take your fun indoors where there’s shade and air conditioning.
The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is absolutely worth a visit. With interactive exhibits, animals, immersive design, and most importantly, air conditioning, it is a great destination for expectant mothers.
There are quite a few museums across the islands and one popular one among tourists is the Graveyard of the Atlantic down on Hatteras Village. Check out the unique historical items that have been recovered from shipwrecks while getting a needed break from the summer heat.
4. Pamper Yourself
Rejuvenate and relax by finding a spa oasis. Facials, manicures, massages, body wraps, whatever you may need is not far away. Find customized sessions at our local spas and wellness centers that will help you reach zen. At Aqua Spa, you can find many different services including body wraps, scrubs (some using local sea salt), and much more.
Beach yoga or indoor yoga classes are offered along the entire stretch of beaches. Find licensed instructors for a quick and easy morning or evening session. View a full list of our Spas & Wellness Centers.
Why not treat yourself to a shopping trip, after all you are on vacation. Peruse the locally owned shops, boutiques and specialty outlets and buy your soon-to-be newborn their first OBX memorabilia.