By Robin Stevenson
Conceptionmoon. Creation vacation. Baby break. These might be amusing names for a trip that revolves around conceiving, but according to a 2007 survey by expedia.ca and Ipsos Reid, nine percent of Canadian couples have taken a holiday with the purpose of getting away to get pregnant.
That’s just what Lee Buckler and his wife Kelly did last year. The Vancouver couple booked their trip to Las Vegas with the hopes of conceiving. “We’d had a few miscarriages before, had all the medical tests, were diagnosed as having “inexplicable recurrent miscarriage,’ and were told to just keep trying,” says Lee. After several months of taking part in a fertility-focused acupuncture program, the Bucklers, who married last April, booked a quick jaunt to Vegas the following July to try again.
Now due this spring, the Bucklers calculate they got pregnant the first night in Vegas, “but we were trying hard the whole time we spent there!” says Lee. “Having sex every day because, hell, we’re on vacation and she’s looking hot in that bikini, is much easier than having sex every day during ovulation because we should.”
While it takes couples an average of six months of trying before conceiving, those who make time to get away from it all may be on to something, says Sushma Shah, a naturopathic doctor and owner of Nature’s Intentions Naturopathic Clinic in Toronto. “Stress affects the pituitary gland,” she explains. “This gland is the “master control’ responsible for endocrine glands, which affect the reproductive hormones and hormone balance and in turn can affect ovulation.” So a trip can not only “reduce stress and help couples to reconnect, it may help to increase the possibility of intercourse, which may then lead to an increase in the chance of conceiving, under ideal situations (assuming fertility issues are not related to other causes),” says Shah.
So whether it’s a simple getaway to relax, connect and have some fun, or a full-blown holiday planned around when you are likely to be ovulating, here are three resorts that cater to those looking to come back with more than a suntan.
Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Florida
This resort offers the Fertile Turtle Package to coincide with the seasonal mating of sea turtles (May to September), long considered a symbol of fertility in some cultures. The package includes deluxe accommodations, servings of red clover and raspberry tea (said to have natural fertility-enhancing qualities), a couples’ aromatherapy massage, a complimentary photo session, a 8×10 photo and a commemorative photo gift book. If you conceive during your stay, the resort will provide a complimentary three-night stay for a return visit (with birth certificate and proof of your recent hotel stay, within eight to 10 months of baby’s arrival). Rates start at $400 US per couple, per night, minimum two night stay, marcoislandmarriott.com
The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, U.S. Virgin Islands
The Procreation Vacation package includes luxury suite accommodations as well as unlimited glasses of sea moss elixir — said to be the Caribbean’s answer to Viagra — for the future dad and unlimited bowls of vitamin A-filled pumpkin soup — a conception secret among island women — for the would-be mom. It also includes a couples’ aromatherapy massage, a three-course dinner for two on the beach and daily breakfasts for two (Beach Café or room service). The four-night package including round-trip airport transfers and taxes is available from Apr. 17″“Dec. 18 from $2,200 US, starwoodcaribbean.com
Superclubs resorts, Jamaica
The chain offers a four-night Sun, Sand & Stork conceptionmoon package at the Grand Lido Negril Resort & Spa, Grand Lido Braco Resort & Spa and Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club. Couples are welcomed with champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and tropical fruits covered in whipped cream, while fertility-enhancing red clover and raspberry teas are stocked in rooms daily. The package also includes a 30-minute couples massage, followed by a reflexology session for hopeful moms. Couples who book the package will also get a 10 percent discount at four family-friendly properties when they return with their bundles of joy (offer valid until Dec. 20, 2011). Rates start at $1,800 US, superclubs.com
CF‘s senior editor Robin Stevenson has never returned from vacation with anything but seashells and sunburns.
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