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Pregnant in the Parks: Our Top Ten Tips for Touring Disney while Pregnant

Part 2

by Julie Schilly, Mickey Mom Travel Professional

Can you go to a Disney Park while pregnant? Of course you can!

Pregnant in the Parks: Our Top Ten Tips for Touring Disney while Pregnant

In May 2013, my husband and I purchased Disneyland Annual Passports. Since we planned to start a family, we knew there was a good chance that at some point during the next 12 months, I would be pregnant. Fast forward to September 2013, and about a week before our planned trip, I found out the great news!

If you haven't done so already, check out Part 1 in our series that include steps 1-5.

  1. Take it slow! This was a hard one for me to learn, since we usually take the parks by storm, waking up early and staying late. I've learned to take breaks when needed, to cool-off or warm-up, and maybe even a mid-day nap back at the hotel if I needed the extra rest and quiet time. If you can, schedule a "down day" in your trip where you sleep-in and spend the day away the parks.
  2. Stop and smell the roses - literally! Take the opportunity to explore the small details, appreciate the well manicured topiaries or gardens, and maybe learn something too (think special art exhibits, or attractions like, "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" or "Hall of Presidents"). I especially enjoyed browsing stores early in the morning while most people were hitting up the big attractions. I also stopped at almost every little show/street performer I could possibly see, because I finally had the time to do so!
  3. Wear comfortable shoes. Even though before you were pregnant, you would wear whatever shoes you liked, it is important to wear supportive shoes when touring the parks.
  4. Dress in layers. Between over air conditioned venues and queue lines that extend into the blazing sun, be ready to acclimate to whatever your body needs. The last thing you want is to be overheated or having to leave because you are too cold.
  5. Outside the parks, avoid the hot tubs and water slides. If you'll be visiting a water park or if you plan on using your resort's pool facilities, be sure to avoid the hot tub and water slides. Hot tubs are off-limits when you are pregnant, as the baby does not sweat and it can be harmed if your body temperature rises too much. And water slides can be dangerous as well.

So don't let those nine months inhibit your plans to take a vacation. Instead, embrace that bump and maybe even personalize a maternity shirt announcing that a future Disney fan is on the way! And be sure to take a "bump" picture while you are in the parks as well. Decide ahead of time that you will enjoy yourself and relax. Then you're sure to have a wonderful trip!