Friday, November 8, 2013

Pregnant in Disney World: Tips for Mamas in Mouse Ears!

For us, it was a last minute decision to take a trip to Disney World even though I was pregnant. For some, I’m sure it wouldn’t even be a consideration since most rides are out of the question. But we all know Disney isn’t just about rides! (If you need information on what rides you can and cannot go on while pregnant, consult the Disney website, they’re more than thorough). Going during the Food & Wine Festival was an added bonus but you can definitely take time to eat at the different restaurants in the resorts and check them out for future visits as well!

Be prepared to do a lot of walking! So bring a few pair of comfortable shoes with you. For me, I brought a good pair of hiking sandals and a pair of sneakers. It was so nice to switch shoes halfway through the day to give my poor feet some relief!

Drink lots of water! If you’re like me (or most pregnant women) your ankles will swell from all the walking and the heat. You can bring an empty reusable water bottle into the parks and fill it up at the water fountains as well!

Know where the bathrooms are! This one definitely goes along with drinking lots of water! I felt like I visited every bathroom they had in Disney World. I should have taken pictures and done a review! LOL! And so you know, the new bathrooms in Fantasyland are beautiful!!

Rest! This is a big one! You do not want to overexert yourself.  It may be hot and you could easily overheat and that is NO good for the baby! There are a few places you can go to relax in the AC amongst all the stores, restaurant and counter service areas and restrooms.  I found the baby center in Magic Kingdom over by Crystal Place to be a great place to sit and cool off. Its not a huge room but they provide highchairs etc for you to feed your kiddies in peace and have a full kitchen to heat bottles/food if need be. Plus changing areas if you’re not keen on the restroom changing tables. Each park has one so be aware of their location and you should have no problems!

View from Chase Lounge
Another place to sit and cool down is the Chase Lounge in EPCOT located in American Adventure. As long as you are a Chase card holder they will allow you to go up to their lounge, sip on complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, cool off in the AC as long as you like and use the bathroom!

Taking the afternoon to go back to your resort (if you are staying on property) is also a great option. I found relaxing in the pool not only refreshing but also gave my body relief from the extra weight I was carrying! I felt great when it was time to go back to the parks for the evening!

Try some of the slower paced rides like the Steamboat in Magic Kingdom. I had never once considered it in all the times I have been to the parks (too busy riding Big Thunder Mountain, I suppose!). It's a great way to relax and get some very cool pictures of Magic Kingdom you may have not gotten otherwise. There are a few places to sit on the boat and if you’re visibly pregnant, a nice family may give up their seat for you. I chose to hang by the railing to get photos but was so grateful for their offer!

The People Mover is also another great way to relax and catch some cool photos!  We also took time to check out the Conservation Station/Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Animal Kingdom which I know we wouldn’t have done otherwise! I got to take a picture with a live owl!

Give yourself extra time to do all the things you want. It is most important to go at a pace you’re comfortable with. Even by taking it easy, you may see things you never really noticed before and that can be really awesome!

Although it was different from our normal trips, I loved our experience at Disney World this time around! If I hadn’t stopped to rest in the shade I would have missed things like these little guys! Bottom line, It can be done and it can be fun!!

Want to read more about my Babymooning adventure? Click the link below!
Or check out my prego eating around the world review here!

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