Miracle is a word often associated with pregnancy, as two hearts whisper their dreams into existence. In this enchanting journey, expectant couples experience a symphony of emotions as they prepare to welcome a new life into the world. Amidst this whirlwind of anticipation, finding meaningful activities to connect and bond as a couple can be a delightful endeavor. From nurturing the growing life within to nurturing the love between, this article presents an array of activities specially curated for pregnant couples to embark upon, as they embrace the magic of this extraordinary chapter. So, grab your partner’s hand, take a deep breath, and let us guide you through an enchanting path that celebrates the unity of two hearts preparing for their greatest adventure yet.
1. Picnic Under the Stars
Nothing says romance like some snacks and a shared blanket. Download a free stargazing app like SkyView Lite to help identify constellations and stars, then head past the city limits to an area with dark, open sky.
2. Take a Hike
A slow-paced walk in nature can improve circulation and ease stress. Make it more romantic by choosing a route with great lookout points—they’re perfect for taking breaks (and stealing a kiss)
3. Try Golfing
Whether it’s hitting the driving range or playing a round of mini-golf, both partners will be sure to get a kick out of how the baby bump affects your swing.
4. Taste Mocktails or Root Beers
Alcohol may be off limits for a few long months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t imbibe in spirit. Non-alcoholic drinks have come a long way, with many shops that exclusively sell these options. Some, like Boisson, which has locations throughout New York City and Los Angeles, do tasting events. Couples can also plan a DIY version by heading to a specialty store like Whole Foods and picking up their favorite brand of small batch sodas to see if they can identify the subtle flavor differences.
5. Have a Media-Free Moment
Quiet conversations are hard to come by, and that will only become more true after the baby comes. For now, try hiding the smart phones and tablets, turn off the TV, and just talk. You can make it as deep or lighthearted as you want. Try talking about your day, your favorite childhood memories, or even something you’re looking forward to teaching your baby.
6. Book a Couple’s Massage
Pregnancy can be stressful—from tying up loose ends at work to feeling anxious about giving birth, and even just carrying around all that extra weight. And chances are your partner is feeling it, too. Make an appointment for some much-needed relaxation and lean into the pre-baby bliss.
7. Go Out for Dessert
Fancy dinners are great, but nothing says indulgence like a decadent dessert. Have your main meal at home, then get dressed up and head to a fancy spot for something sweet. It will still feel like a big night out, but the bill won’t eat into your future diaper budget.
8. Buy Dinner Ingredients at a Farmer’s Market
Pick up some fresh and seasonal produce at your local farmers’ market before heading home to whip up something delicious for dinner. If it’s warm out, take your delectable creation outside and dine in the backyard, al fresco. Visit LocalHarvest.org to find a farmers’ market near you.
9. Catch a Live Show
You don’t have to go far to enjoy live theater. Check out a dramatic production at your community theater or laugh yourself silly at a local comedy club. You’ll be amazed at how talented your neighbors are!
10. Go to the Movies
Dinner and a movie is just about the most classic date idea in history, but having a baby will definitely make it more complicated. Head out to see the latest flick with a bucket of popcorn and a bag of M&M’s for some good old-fashioned fun.
1. Embarking on the Journey Together: Engaging Activities for Expectant Couples
Discovering that you and your partner are expecting a child is an exciting moment in your lives. As you embark on this incredible journey together, it’s important to carve out quality time for bonding and preparing for the arrival of your little one. Engaging in activities as an expectant couple can strengthen your relationship, build a strong foundation for parenthood, and create precious memories. Here are some creative and fun ideas to ignite the spark and enhance the joy of this beautiful chapter in your lives:
- Prenatal Yoga Classes: Joining a prenatal yoga class can provide numerous benefits for both you and your partner. Not only does it help you stay active and flexible during pregnancy, but it also serves as a serene setting to connect with your partner and share the experience of preparing your bodies for childbirth.
- DIY Baby Shower Preparations: Instead of relying solely on others to plan your baby shower, why not make it a joint project? Create a personalized and intimate celebration by crafting decorations, designing invitations, and planning unique games together. This hands-on approach allows you to infuse your own style and creativity while nurturing a sense of togetherness.
2. Strengthening Bonds: Fun and Meaningful Activities for Couples During Pregnancy
ROMANTIC DATE NIGHT IDEAS
1. GET A COUPLE’S MASSAGE
Although your options may be slightly limited since some facilities will not allow pregnant women to book certain massages, there are still plenty of options to spoil yourself with a massage. Many spas will have alternative options for pregnant women, including facials and foot/leg massages.
You can always look into a specialist who offers pre-natal massage, or you can opt for something simple. You know that foot massage kiosk you always walk past in the mall? This could be the perfect time to give it a try.
2. COOK DINNER TOGETHER
If you don’t already cook together, this can be a great way to have fun working on something as a team. But even if you already love cooking together, take a chance to change it up a little during pregnancy.
You could have fun and try to create the most random recipe possible based on her cravings, or you could start practicing perfecting those staple meals that almost all kids love, like mac and cheese! Be sure to be aware of nutrition recommendations for pregnant women.
3. RECREATE YOUR FIRST DATE
This may or not be “romantic”… depending on what you did for your first date. My husband and I met at a Dave Matthews Band concert back in 2003, and we often re-create that date by going to see them live.
Even if you don’t re-create your first date exactly, make a list of some of the best dates you’ve been on together and take some time to re-create your favorite date nights.
4. GO DANCING TOGETHER
Dancing is a great way to connect intimately and also get some exercise! This would be a great activity for the second trimester after the nausea has slowed down (hopefully), and before you get to the point where you are too uncomfortable to move.
Consider trying several types of dance, or taking dance lessons together. We love contra dancing and swing dancing, and have always talked about trying a ballroom class.
FUN DATE NIGHT IDEAS
5. FOLLOW YOUR CRAVINGS
Craving pickles and ice cream? Turn it into a date. Go to the restaurant with the best fried pickles in town and then follow it up at an awesome ice cream shop.
For me, I loved really hearty salads. Big salads with bacon, blue cheese, cucumber chunks, etc. And greek salads with olives, feta cheese, etc. I also loved Moose Tracks ice cream with hardshell on top!
6. GO TO A COMEDY SHOW
You know what they say… laughter is the best medicine. If you hit a point in your pregnancy where you feel discouraged and ready to be done, consider going on a date to a comedy show.
Depending on where you live, it may be easy to find a popular comedy club with regular comedians, but if you don’t have something like that near you, check out meetup.com and see if there are any comedy or improv meetups in your area!
7. HAVE A GAME NIGHT
Sometimes you just want to stay home and have a simple date night. One great at-home idea is to have a game night. You can have hours of fun playing games together, whether that be simple board games or classic party games (maybe even throw in a little naked Twister).
As a way to get to know each other better, consider picking a favorite board game from your childhood. Otherwise, check out a local toys and games store and ask for suggestions. There are thousands of board games, and you may just find a new favorite!
8. GO TO A DRIVE-IN MOVIE
If there is one available in your area, consider going to a drive in movie! You can either relax in your car, or bring a blanket and pillows to have a picnic on the lawn in front of the big screen.
If you don’t have a drive-in theatre, try an indie theatre, or consider a concert, ballet, orchestra or other live show!
DATING IN EARLY PREGNANCY
9. GO ON A BABYMOON
If you would like to go on a “babymoon” that requires flying, you might want to do it earlier than later in your pregnancy. Most airlines will allow you to fly up to 36 weeks pregnant, but there are other things to consider, especially if you are traveling out of the country.
Take the time to do something that the two of you have always wanted to do, but that may be difficult with children. This could be anything from going on a cruise or staying at a resort that isn’t “kid friendly” to going to Vegas or NYC to see shows where young children are not allowed.
10. DO ONE LAST PHOTOSHOOT BEFORE YOU ARE SHOWING
If you find out that you are pregnant early enough, one great idea is to have one last couple’s photoshoot before the baby bump appears. This is especially a good idea if it has been a long time since you have had portraits made together.
If you have already had portraits made recently, consider doing an announcement photoshoot so that you have pictures to share when you decide to share the good news with your friends and family!