close
SM-Stamp-Join-1
  • Selfish Mother is the most brilliant blogging platform. Join here for free & you can post a blog within minutes. We don't edit or approve your words before they go live - it's up to you. And, with our cool new 'squares' design - you can share your blog to Instagram, too. What are you waiting for? Come join in! We can't wait to read what YOU have to say...

  • Your basic information

  • Your account information

View as: GRID LIST

Wanderlust & pregnancy

1
Pregnancy hormones have been kind to me and dealt with several areas first time round. As a serious addict to bubbles (champagne, prosecco and good cava equally), it’s been a relief to see a happy / euphoric state occasionally coming round without any champagne and no longer me fancying the bubbles.

The hormones failed to address though my travelling urges and exploring appetite, which felt as big and adventurous as usual.

So for 6 weeks in the first trimester of my first pregnancy, we wandered and hopped around the Caribbean. Barbados for

SelfishMother.com
2
few days, a Liat flight to St Vincent / Grenadines, a couple of nights in St Vincent, a ferry to Bequia / Grenadines, a week in Bequia, sailing to Tobago Quays, more sailing to Canouan / still Grenadines, few nights in Canouan, flight to Dominica, a week around in Dominica, flights back to Barbados, more days in Barbados and then back to UK.

Tiniest Raphael bump and I felt most of the time elated to be out and about in the Caribbean sun and wonderful seas. We travelled at leisure with our friends, exploring actively, going out and feasting as usual –

SelfishMother.com
3
me less with the rum & cocktails, them probably less on the food. Beach bars and sun downers always on our menu, splashing and going round, relaxed and happy.

The only part which proved less enjoyable has been sailing – with both Tobago Quays and Canouan not bringing the best in me/ motion sickness very likely related but still doable given the wide skies and fresh air. Yet nothing comparable to London tube morning & evening commute, which still makes me nauseous for hours even at 7.5 months 2nd time around.

Grenadines & Barbados

SelfishMother.com
4
details all on Zenbabytravel blog, a less known destination and more adventurous in here: Dominica. Green, lush, mountainous and mostly black volcanic beaches – a little charming country bruised by historical conflict and underinvestment. Not to be confounded with Dominican Republic and quite the antithesis of the Caribbean holiday cliché.

For a week we went around exploring & enjoying the variety of landscapes. The island as a destination not recommended for the heart fainted or again, for the sun seekers keen to lie on a white sandy

SelfishMother.com
5
beach. Also I wouldn’t classify it as a typical baby-moon destination, but wanderlust on the adventurous & explorer side, active & probably best to be done rather early, let’s say by 4/5 months far in your first pregnancy (I wouldn’t also recommend bring any toddlers).

 

Renting a car is a must for going round. Keeping safe and careful should be also always on the back of your mind. This is an island where hotel managers have been shot in their resorts (Pagua hotel ) and teenagers have raped in front of their parents (Batibou

SelfishMother.com
6
beach).

Do I still recommend going knowing these facts? Well, statistically, crime is still low compared to US and Caribbean in general. Being sensible and respectful to the locals should not get you in trouble; the locals that we met (hitch-hikers we took in our car, people guiding us to waterfalls in remote places, little villages) – were curious, open minded and friendly. This is not a mass tourism destination, so there will be many unique and beautiful engaging moments.

 

Our trips in Dominica:

L’escalier tete chien – natural

SelfishMother.com
7
staircase to the Atlantic ; believed to be the path left from an enormous boa constrictor.  On the Carib territories. Before the arrival of Christopher Columbus the Kalinagos /Caribs were self-reliant, i.e.  fished, hunted, and farmed. They also have their own language and currently survive in very small communities. Emerald pool. UNESCO World Heritage Site of Morne Trois Piton National Park, a 30-minute hike through overhanging trees and lush vegetation to the pools. You can go for a dip in the green looking tree-filtered sunlight.

Trafalgar falls

SelfishMother.com
8
and very private sulphur pools. You could pick a 15 minute walk on a relatively well-maintained path to the visitor reception area. Or be more adventurous and explore round, including finding your own very private sulphur pools.  Have loved the treks and indulged with feet in the sulphur pools – as pregnancy wise full immersion was somehow not advisable.

Morne trois pitons and Titou gorge. World heritage site: stunning pastiche of lakes, fumaroles, volcanoes, hot springs and dense tropical forest. The hike through Titou Gorge is actually a short

SelfishMother.com
9
swim from the base of a waterfall through a series of natural ”rooms and ponds” formed by high cliff walls canopied by interlaced trees. The undulating sides of this deep, narrow gorge were formed as molten lava cooled and split apart. A 10 min swim with light filtering down the mountainside within the gorge – spectacular. A hot spring tumbles down a short wall just outside the entrance of the gorge, which feels wonderful after the cool waters of the falls.

Cabrits park. National par, site of Fort Shirley, a large 18th-century British garrison which

SelfishMother.com
10
once housed 600 soldiers. The Fort is now used for various functions including weddings and concerts. Great views of Prince Rupert Bay from the Officer’s Quarters. Some stone ruins remain half-hidden in the jungle and are fun to explore.

Red rock heaven & Escape beach bar. Our favourite beach bar & area to hang around. Also wished we booked hotel in here instead of Calibishie Cove, which was cool and eco but missed the beach bar and felt a bit lifeless. Above Pointe Baptise Beach and surrounded by lush landscape, the huts are wooden, stone,

SelfishMother.com
11
bamboo and also have laddered lofts for the kids. Each room has an elegant bathroom and a patio with a spectacular view. We visited Escape Beach Bar for juices, lunch, dinner & drinks – cool and chilled, the best we came across in Dominica.

Batibou beach. North-East of the island. Stunning and famous for very wrong reasons (rape in 2012 and few robbery incidents in 2013 and 2014). Expansive and secluded soft-sand beach in the; the Atlantic here is calm enough for swimming, with a gently sloping sea bed. There’s a basic but cool beach bar

SelfishMother.com
12
serving rum punch and some snacks.

 

Chaudiere pool. Located at the foot of Morne Daiblotin Mountain, Dominica tallest Mountain. We drove up through the village of Bense on a very poor condition track. Luckily we got one guy happy to guide us as the the access to the pools is via the first river. It was also rather muddy and slippery, too much rain in the preceding days. We have not seen any parrots that day but understand they are around J

We stayed at Calibishie Cove. Charming eco retreat, unfortunately we’ve been quite unlucky with

SelfishMother.com
13
the weather, beginning of January being very windy & rainy season. The property has lots of blinds but no windows, so we did struggle to sleep and many evenings the sea howling and wind moving everything around on balcony felt quite creepy. The breakfasts were served into the room to our heart desire, great pancakes, granola & jams.

We travelled with friends. They have been more into Dominica at the very beginning; luggage lost with Liat (typical Caribbean story) and after 3 days and many trips to the airport and unhelpful service, felt less

SelfishMother.com
14
enthusiastic about Dominica people. With weather on the rainy side and many stories unfolding as we got to know the places and read the stories, they felt even less keen. They shortened their trip to 5 days and flew back to Barbados, to overbuilt but white & golden beaches.
SelfishMother.com
Zenbabytravel

By

This blog was originally posted on SelfishMother.com - why not sign up & share what's on your mind, too?

Why not write for Selfish Mother, too? You can sign up for free and post immediately.


We regularly share posts on @SelfishMother Instagram and Facebook :)

- 15 Feb 16

Pregnancy hormones have been kind to me and dealt with several areas first time round. As a serious addict to bubbles (champagne, prosecco and good cava equally), it’s been a relief to see a happy / euphoric state occasionally coming round without any champagne and no longer me fancying the bubbles.

The hormones failed to address though my travelling urges and exploring appetite, which felt as big and adventurous as usual.

_IGP6082

So for 6 weeks in the first trimester of my first pregnancy, we wandered and hopped around the Caribbean. Barbados for few days, a Liat flight to St Vincent / Grenadines, a couple of nights in St Vincent, a ferry to Bequia / Grenadines, a week in Bequia, sailing to Tobago Quays, more sailing to Canouan / still Grenadines, few nights in Canouan, flight to Dominica, a week around in Dominica, flights back to Barbados, more days in Barbados and then back to UK.

Tiniest Raphael bump and I felt most of the time elated to be out and about in the Caribbean sun and wonderful seas. We travelled at leisure with our friends, exploring actively, going out and feasting as usual – me less with the rum & cocktails, them probably less on the food. Beach bars and sun downers always on our menu, splashing and going round, relaxed and happy.

_IGP6550

The only part which proved less enjoyable has been sailing – with both Tobago Quays and Canouan not bringing the best in me/ motion sickness very likely related but still doable given the wide skies and fresh air. Yet nothing comparable to London tube morning & evening commute, which still makes me nauseous for hours even at 7.5 months 2nd time around.

Grenadines & Barbados details all on Zenbabytravel blog, a less known destination and more adventurous in here: Dominica. Green, lush, mountainous and mostly black volcanic beaches – a little charming country bruised by historical conflict and underinvestment. Not to be confounded with Dominican Republic and quite the antithesis of the Caribbean holiday cliché.

_IGP6815

For a week we went around exploring & enjoying the variety of landscapes. The island as a destination not recommended for the heart fainted or again, for the sun seekers keen to lie on a white sandy beach. Also I wouldn’t classify it as a typical baby-moon destination, but wanderlust on the adventurous & explorer side, active & probably best to be done rather early, let’s say by 4/5 months far in your first pregnancy (I wouldn’t also recommend bring any toddlers).

 

Renting a car is a must for going round. Keeping safe and careful should be also always on the back of your mind. This is an island where hotel managers have been shot in their resorts (Pagua hotel ) and teenagers have raped in front of their parents (Batibou beach).

_IGP6688

Do I still recommend going knowing these facts? Well, statistically, crime is still low compared to US and Caribbean in general. Being sensible and respectful to the locals should not get you in trouble; the locals that we met (hitch-hikers we took in our car, people guiding us to waterfalls in remote places, little villages) – were curious, open minded and friendly. This is not a mass tourism destination, so there will be many unique and beautiful engaging moments.

 

Our trips in Dominica:

L’escalie_IGP6680r tete chien – natural staircase to the Atlantic ; believed to be the path left from an enormous boa constrictor.  On the Carib territories. Before the arrival of Christopher Columbus the Kalinagos /Caribs were self-reliant, i.e.  fished, hunted, and farmed. They also have their own language and currently survive in very small communities. Emerald pool. UNESCO World Heritage Site of Morne Trois Piton National Park, a 30-minute hike through overhanging trees and lush vegetation to the pools. You can go for a dip in the green looking tree-filtered sunlight.

_IGP6829Trafalgar falls and very private sulphur pools. You could pick a 15 minute walk on a relatively well-maintained path to the visitor reception area. Or be more adventurous and explore round, including finding your own very private sulphur pools.  Have loved the treks and indulged with feet in the sulphur pools – as pregnancy wise full immersion was somehow not advisable.

_IGP6853Morne trois pitons and Titou gorge. World heritage site: stunning pastiche of lakes, fumaroles, volcanoes, hot springs and dense tropical forest. The hike through Titou Gorge is actually a short swim from the base of a waterfall through a series of natural “rooms and ponds” formed by high cliff walls canopied by interlaced trees. The undulating sides of this deep, narrow gorge were formed as molten lava cooled and split apart. A 10 min swim with light filtering down the mountainside within the gorge – spectacular. A hot spring tumbles down a short wall just outside the entrance of the gorge, which feels wonderful after the cool waters of the falls.

_IGP6790Cabrits park. National par, site of Fort Shirley, a large 18th-century British garrison which once housed 600 soldiers. The Fort is now used for various functions including weddings and concerts. Great views of Prince Rupert Bay from the Officer’s Quarters. Some stone ruins remain half-hidden in the jungle and are fun to explore.

Red rock heaven & Escape beach bar. Our favourite beach bar & area to hang around. Also wished we booked hotel in here instead of Calibishie Cove, which was cool and eco but missed the beach bar and felt a bit lifeless. Above Pointe Baptise Beach and surrounded by lush landscape, the huts are wooden, stone, bamboo and also have laddered lofts for the kids. Each room has an elegant bathroom and a patio with a spectacular view. We visited Escape Beach Bar for juices, lunch, dinner & drinks – cool and chilled, the best we came across in Dominica.

_IGP6912Batibou beach. North-East of the island. Stunning and famous for very wrong reasons (rape in 2012 and few robbery incidents in 2013 and 2014). Expansive and secluded soft-sand beach in the; the Atlantic here is calm enough for swimming, with a gently sloping sea bed. There’s a basic but cool beach bar serving rum punch and some snacks.

 

Chaudiere pool. Located at the foot of Morne Daiblotin Mountain, Dominica tallest Mountain. We drove up through the village of Bense on a very poor condition track. Luckily we got one guy happy to guide us as the the access to the pools is via the first river. It was also rather muddy and slippery, too much rain in the preceding days. We have not seen any parrots that day but understand they are around J

SAM_3770

We stayed at Calibishie Cove. Charming eco retreat, unfortunately we’ve been quite unlucky with the weather, beginning of January being very windy & rainy season. The property has lots of blinds but no windows, so we did struggle to sleep and many evenings the sea howling and wind moving everything around on balcony felt quite creepy. The breakfasts were served into the room to our heart desire, great pancakes, granola & jams.

_IGP6993We travelled with friends. They have been more into Dominica at the very beginning; luggage lost with Liat (typical Caribbean story) and after 3 days and many trips to the airport and unhelpful service, felt less enthusiastic about Dominica people. With weather on the rainy side and many stories unfolding as we got to know the places and read the stories, they felt even less keen. They shortened their trip to 5 days and flew back to Barbados, to overbuilt but white & golden beaches.

Did you enjoy this post? If so please support the writer: like, share and comment!


Why not join the SM CLUB, too? You can share posts & events immediately. It's free!

Zenbabytravel

Travel addict, mum, full time banker with a variety of personal projects, ranging from styling, real estate, writing and most recently blogging. London based for over 12 years, also lived in Paris, Lille, Belgrade, Bucharest and Brasov. English, French & Romanian speaker and potentially some Italian and Spanish in more dire situations. Travel lists includes Antigua, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, China, Croatia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Serbia, Seychelles, Spain, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tibet, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, US. Author of https://zenbabytravel.wordpress.com/ and contributor to few other blogs.

Post Tags


Keep up to date with Selfish Mother — Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media