Pregnancy is an exciting time. Despite a lengthy preparation list of name selection, nursery decorating and baby registries, it’s important to keep your relationship a priority ─ especially since it’s soon to change from a twosome to a threesome or more! Date nights are a great way for couples to maintain a happy connection, yet parents-to-be may feel less motivated — physically and emotionally — to take the time, energy and money to nurture themselves. But, the effort is well worth it! Here are some Asheville date night ideas for expectant couples:
Belly-Friendly Tea & Snacks
Fatigue is common during pregnancy. If you’d rather sleep in a restaurant booth at night than dine, opt for a daytime brunch with tea! We love Dobra Tea Room for expectant mamas! Enjoy a wide variety of pregnancy-friendly herbal teas along with their delicious and healthy food offerings. And not to worry, with multiple seating options, you can get comfy in a chair or on the floor with a cushion.
While date night often includes adult beverages, sober date nights can be just as intoxicating! Asheville has a variety of places to find a delicious mocktail. We love The Buchi Bar in Rosetta’s Kitchen for a Buchi Flight! The Admiral, Nightbell and Chestnut all have curated mocktail menus as well. Not to fret, after baby’s arrival, some doctors encourage breastfeeding moms to drink dark beer to help with milk supply. Let’s just say Beer City will have you covered!
Since you’re eating for two, embark on a foodie adventure. Try a cooking class, food tour, progressive dinner, chef’s table, food truck event, food festival, farmer’s market, u-pick farm or a picnic. Or – attention partners – a romantic breakfast in bed!
Art & Music (with pee breaks!)
A pregnant mom tends to empty her bladder frequently. The need for a pee break while at the movies or live theatre stinks as you don’t want to miss a scene or scoot your big belly down a row of people. Choose an art medium that allows potty pauses to flow at your convenience. Think open-mic night at Salvage Station, an art or music festival like LEAF, painting/pottery class at Claying Around or a visit to the Asheville Art Museum.
Between carrying around added baby weight, various preparations and worrying about your birth plan, you’re likely feeling anxious. And, chances are your partner is a bit stressed too. Take time to pamper yourselves with an at-home sensual spa night for a pop of bubble bath romance complete with candles, music and massage oils. Or book a couples massage inclusive of a prenatal massage for mama. We love Wake Foot Sanctuary’s Date Night package! We also love Wake’s video on why massage is safe and beneficial during pregnancy.
Parents in Training
Exercise during pregnancy is important and safe unless otherwise noted by your doctor. A workout buddy can offer encouragement to stay healthy, even during pregnancy. Hit Carrier Park for a scenic walk, jog or prenatal yoga. Just pace yourself, take breaks and drink plenty of water. Asheville Community Yoga is great place to start if you’re wanting to try out some prenatal yoga.
Moms-to-be “nest,” aka develop the urge to clean and organize the home to prepare for baby. So, why not embrace a fun nest date night too! Accomplish some tasks that need to get done before baby, then order dinner in and watch a movie!
Babymoon & Staycation
The “babymoon” trend encourages expectant parents to embark upon celebratory-inspired romance and relaxation with a pre-baby getaway. Head out for a weekend escape or, for those with limited time or travel restrictions, book a staycation. The Grove Park Inn is the ultimate Asheville staycation setting with sunset views, luxury spa, heated pool and incredible dining! Some resorts offer babymoon packages with spa services, pool amenities, fine dining and extra room snacks.
Belly-Centric Date Nights
Why not put that belly front and center? Book commemorative experiences, like belly casting, belly painting or a maternity photoshoot. We love seeing all the beautiful henna artistry on expectant mamas. Henna Sophia Asheville offers in studio a prenatal henna blessing package for $75.
Written in collaboration with Nancy DeVault. Nacny is the managing editor of Date Night Guide and a contributor to publications such as Babble, AmeriDisability Services Magazine and Orlando Magazine. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband and toddler.