Walt Disney World is an amazing place to visit, no matter your age, gender or background. Some of us are even lucky enough to travel to the most magical place on earth while pregnant. I have traveled to Disney World while pregnant twice, and even though it was a different experience, I still had fun and quality family time. Here are a few quick tips to make sure your vacation (plus one!) goes as smoothly as possible.
Consult with your physician:
- As with most things with your doctor, tell them your vacation plans and see what advice they may give you. Some doctors will restrict travel during certain parts of your pregnancy.
- Keep hydrated and drink plenty of water:
When you’re at Disney you tend to walk and move around a lot more than your usual day-to-day. Keep a water bottle handy and keep drinking. Any dining location with a soda fountain will give you tap water for free, making it easy and accessible.
- Know your limits:
Read and plan ahead of time to see what you can and cannot do. Go online and view the restrictions for attractions you may have questions about or call your travel agent. Visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/#/attractions/ to view advisories for attractions.
- If you need to take a break, take a break:
Your body is going through some major changes during pregnancy and sometimes you just need to sit down. Are you worried about missing some of the action? No worries, plan some break times for when the rest of your party maybe participating in an activity not recommended during pregnancy. When everyone is getting ready to blast onto the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, find a cozy place in the shade, partake in a refreshment and people watch. It can be quite entertaining!
- Take your most comfortable shoes:
Even if you are not pregnant this is good advice, but some women’s feet and ankles really take a beating during pregnancy. When you are taking your breaks, prop your feet up.
- Diet needs:
You may now have diet restrictions brought on with pregnancy. Disney makes every effort to make sure everyone is eating like they should. When making reservations at any of Disney’s table-service restaurants, make note of your food restrictions with your reservation. You may also contact a Dietary Specialist at (407) 824-5967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org about attending to your dietary restrictions. For more information read our blog, “Disney Happens Even With a Food Allergy.” http://www.meandthemouse.com/disney-magic-happens-even-with-a-food-allergy/
- Medical assistance:
If something should happen and you feel you need medical attention, visit a first aid station. Nurses are available during normal park operating hours to offer over-the-counter medications, bandages and other quick remedies. If you feel your condition is life threatening call 911. View the following link for first aid locations: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/first-aid/
Just because you are pregnant does not mean you need to stop living your life or having fun! Walt Disney World can be an amazing place to visit while pregnant. Just follow your doctor’s orders and take it easy on yourself. Relax and remember, you’re on vacation!