So you’re thinking of going to Disney World while Pregnant?
Do it. Definitely go to Disney World while you are with child.
The past two times we have visited Disney World, I have been pregnant. One trip was our surprise “baby-moon,” it was November, and I was 5 months along. The second we had planned before knowing I would be pregnant, and at the time I was 3 months pregnant, puking quite often, and had an incredibly busy 17 month old. Oh, and it was the end of July…one of the hottest, most humid times to visit Orlando.
My pregnancies are by no means “easy” ones. I do not glow and bask in the wonder of pregnancy. (I spend a significant amount of time on my knees in front of the toilet and wonder if I will be up to do this pregnancy thing all over again.) I feel like I am a pro at doing Disney while pregnant, so here are some tips on making the most of a trip to the most magical place in the world while in your first or second trimester.
Go to as many shows as possible. The shows are your best friend. Especially in the heat of July. You get to sit in air conditioning and take a break. Sip your water. Scratch your itchy stomach in the dark where no one watches and can judge you. Some shows aren’t indoors, but still totally worth it, such as Beauty and the Beast at Hollywood Studios.
Take breaks mid-day and go back to your hotel to nap. Even if you don’t have a toddler who requires nap breaks; you still should go back to rest. When I was 5 months along these mid-day naps were a life saver. We would return to our hotel after lunch, I would sleep, my husband would go to the pool. Then I would feel awesome and be ready to stay at the parks until closing.
Use the dining plan. Unless you are in your first trimester and eating less than your 17 month old and puking more often than not. Then I would advise to not get the dining plan. Just split kids meals with your toddler and pick off your husbands plate. But, if you are not suffering from the all day sickness, the dining plan is totally worth it. Plus, the table service meals always include a desert. And since it is included, you have to eat it. And you can choose which desert your husband orders and eat most of his.
Pee before getting in lines. No explanation for this one necessary.
Use your pregnancy hormones as an excuse for most things. Openly weeping on the bus when you leave magic kingdom your last day of vacation. Hormones. Getting angry when your toddler eats your entire Mickey ice cream. Hormones. Crying when your toddler meets Mickey for the first time or when you regret not buying that cute zip up hoodie at World of Disney. Definitely hormones.
If you are showing, take as many cute photos as possible. Wait in line to get photos with the characters. Woody was actually the first stranger to touch my bump and it is one of the best memories I have of my pregnancy with Elijah. One of my favorite bump pictures is the first one pictured that RJ took in front of Cinderella’s Castle covered in lights.
Use the pregnancy card when you have the opportunity. Accept seats on the bus. Let the cast members move you to the front of the line because its so hot. You’re pregnant; no one is going to question it.
And just enjoy every magical second, because even puking is magical when you’re doing it in The Magic Kingdom. I would totally do Disney again while pregnant; no question.
Have you ever been to the Disney Parks while pregnant? Tell me about it in the comments!