If you’re an aspiring mom, you’ve no doubt seen eight million lists of things to do before you get pregnant: save money, spend time with your partner, take prenatals, sleep, go to Europe, etc. Great advice. But what are the things in Albuquerque to take advantage of before your lifestyle changes for baby? Here’s my top 5 for all my neighbors!
Get Outside: Hike and bike around Albuquerque
Albuquerque and the surrounding areas are chock-full of recreational opportunities! Some things you may continue to do through pregnancy and with a new baby in tow. But some will fall by the way-side as your bump and blood volume increase, so take advantage of your still-fit and trim body. Hike La Luz, go mountain biking, try Stand-Up-Paddle boarding down the Rio Grande, or wind surfing at Cochiti. There are more than 60 hiking trails in the Sandias alone! Some of them are all day trails (the crest trail), and others are a few gentle miles. If you’ve never been mountain biking–try it! It’s exciting and much less scary than most first-timers think (I speak from experience).
Drink: Albuquerque breweries and vineyards
Albuquerque is like a Mecca for craft brew lovers and there are a lot of local breweries and wineries in the area. I don’t love beer but I do enjoy a nice glass of wine or a crisp cider. With pregnancy comes abstention so brew-hop and explore the wineries in our “backyard” while you can (Please drink responsibly and never drive after drinking or we can’t be friends!). One of my favorites is Bosque. Bosque has a rotating seasonal beer, currently the “Cyp,” and I love their cider selections! If you haven’t been to Casa Rodena or Gruet, they do lovely wine tastings and tours and the vineyards are really beautiful (the Gruet vineyard is south of Albuquerque a few hours)–a perfect date with your partner or girlfriends.
Drink Some More: Local caffeine
In addition to all the local “adult” beverages, we have some pretty fantastic coffee around these parts! Spend a quiet morning or afternoon in one of our awesome local coffee shops while you still have the time and go-ahead to drink cup after lovely, delicious, cup. My personal favorite is Humble. The coffee is amazing, the espresso is velvety, and they have pie tarts and Whoo’s Donuts! It’s the best and their staff is awesome. Sit outside on the back patio while the weather permits and order a coconut latte with house-made vanilla syrup for me! I also recommend Michael Thomas (they have Whoo’s Donuts too), Flying Star, and Napoli, and the service and drip coffee at The Grove are ceaselessly good.
Take A Stay-cation: Albuquerque true
Most “Before you’re pregnant” guides suggest taking a vacation with your partner. I agree. However, if your budget or leave-time don’t permit a major getaway, take a stay-cation (5 great B&B’s written up here) and treat Albuquerque as you would any other city you’re visiting for the weekend. Go to nice, local restaurants, stay at a fun bed and breakfast or downtown hotel. Go to the museums or a show at Popejoy or the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Do the things you don’t normally do. We’ve stay-cationed a few times and it’s a great reminder of why Albuquerque is so awesome. I recommend staying a night or two at Los Poblanos Historic Inn. The grounds are incredibly beautiful and it puts you close to the heart of the city. For our last stay-cation we stayed at Los Poblanos, went paddle boarding down the Rio Grande, cruised on bikes along the Bosque Trail, ate out (a lot), and saw a movie, and it all cost less than two round-trip tickets to most places!
Get up Early: Rise and shine with the desert sun
Most lists include sleeping as much as you can, however, New Mexico has the most incredible sunrises of any where I’ve ever been. Almost every morning the sky is painted in miraculous shades of electric orange and pink. When Baby comes, you might very well be up before the sun on a regular basis but I’m guessing you won’t be in a state-of-mind to remember to go outside and watch the day dawn in amazing color. It’s truly moving and does something wonderful for your spirit. Set your alarm for 15 minutes before, get a cup of coffee, and sit outside in the quiet. Then go back to bed and sleep as much as you can!