Monday, March 31, 2014

Pregnancy Tips for Disney Trips


I have been to Walt Disney World twice while pregnant.  The first trip I was only 10 weeks along with Big E.  The second trip was 22 weeks later... I was 32 weeks pregnant with Big E.  These two trips were quite different!  I talked with my doctor prior to each trip and with her help I was able to come up with a few tips for traveling to Disney during the three trimesters.  ** Before you travel to any Disney park while pregnant, talk to your doctor.  Follow their advise and listen to your body.  You and your doctor know your body best!

The First Trimester
During the first trimester, your uterus is still tucked safely behind your pelvic bones and you probably aren't showing too much.  My doctor gave me the OK to ride anything and everything at Walt Disney World.  She said at 14 weeks, she tells all her patients to STOP riding horses, skiing, and riding thrill rides!  So during my trip, at 10 weeks, I rode it all.  However, Disney suggests anyone pregnant not ride specific rides which are listed below.

During this time you probably don't look pregnant or even feel pregnant (aside from the morning sickness).  Even though you can't feel the baby or even added weight, your body is rapidly changing and working on developing a baby!  You will probably be more tired than normal and will require more water than normal.   Listen to your body!  If you get hot, go inside and cool off.  If you get tired, sit on a bench, go back to the resort for a nap or go on an indoor attraction where you can sit and cool off such as Hall of Presidents, Living with the Land, Universe of Energy, The Great Movie Ride, etc.  If you get thirsty, get something to drink.  Stay hydrated and remember you can get FREE water at any counter service restaurant.  

The Second Trimester
This is when you should DEFINITELY stop riding any rides listed on the "do not ride if you are pregnant list."  At this point, you are probably starting to show.  If you experienced morning sickness, it may subside now.  You may also start to have more energy and not tire as easily.  Continue to take advantage of the longer, indoor rides to help rejuvenate yourself.  Take in the great shows and movies throughout the parks and enjoy all the amazing restaurants! 

During the second trimester, you are probably starting to need a restroom more often.  This is common since the baby is growing and pressing your bladder.  Take advantage of the many bathrooms around the parks.  Become familiar with the park map and know where the closest bathroom is at all times!  Remember to use the restroom before standing in any long lines and "go try", as I tell my boys, even when you don't think you need to! 
The Third Trimester
Definitely talk to your doctor before traveling during the third trimester.  My doctor was fine with me traveling at 32 weeks, but each mom and doctor are different.  At this point in the pregnancy you are not too far away from having a baby in your arms.  Take care of yourself and that baby!  Take advantage of the indoor attractions and rest, rest, rest!

When I traveled at 32 weeks, walking around the parks became difficult.  It was July.  It was hot.  My ankles were swollen and I was miserable!  My back hurt and all I wanted to do was sit.  If you are traveling during the third trimester, take breaks.  Splurge and stay at a resort that is closest to the parks- a monorail loop resort or an Epcot/ Crescent Lake resort.  Take frequent breaks and prop up your feet.  Head to the resort for a dip in the pool or a service at the spa.  Make reservations at nice restaurants and enjoy your time.

Before you travel in the third trimester, make sure you know where the nearest hospital is, just in case.  Talk to your doctor at home about an OBGYN in the Orlando area you could call in an emergency.  There is a hospital near Walt Disney World in Celebration, Florida.  


"Do Not Ride If You Are Pregnant List"
Magic Kingdom
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
  • Barnstormer
  • I'm guessing the Mine Train will be "off limits" when it opens
Epcot  
  • Mission:SPACE 
  • Test Track
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Star Tours
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Animal Kingdom 
  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safari
  • Primeval Whirl
Love Our Disney

2 comments:

  1. Awesome post! I am not sure if I would brave Disney while pregnant, but with these tips, I just might try it (not that I need to worry about it anytime soon).
    Thank you for linking up at Travel Tip Thursday. This post was featured this week. Hope you will come link up again.

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