In April, my husband and I decided to take our last trip before baby arrived. This was also a trip to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. I decided that Disney World was the only place I wanted to go so that was where we went.
I must have been out of my mind.
Don’t get me wrong, Disney World definitely is the happiest place on earth and I loved being there, but walking around amusement parks at 7 months pregnant has got to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
Our first day there, after traveling for most of the day, we spent the evening at Hollywood Studios. I do this thing where I forget that I’m pregnant so when my husband told me that we should just rest until the next day, I wasn’t having it. I wasn’t about to miss out on anything.
We were back at the hotel not even 3 hours later. My legs had decided they no longer worked and my knees felt like they would explode. As soon as we got back to the room, I fell onto the bed defeated.
The next day, I was ready. We were going to be at Animal Kingdom and I was going to get as much out of it as I possibly could or my name wasn’t Lisa Iacoletti. Below is how I was forced to spend the rest of our trip after that. We still managed to have an amazing time, but I definitely will not be doing Disney World while pregnant again.
If you are planning on going to Disney World while pregnant, here are some tips I learned that will help:
- Always have water within arm’s reach and make sure you drink a lot of it. I’m not the best at drinking water, but it definitely helps especially if you go to Florida during Spring and Summer like I did (it was 95+ degrees everyday).
- Try not to go to Disney World during Spring and Summer if you can avoid it. I realize that might be hard if you are planning trips around school vacation dates. I definitely would have had an easier time walking around if it was cooler. Baby keeps you warm enough already and the sun beating down will make it harder to handle.
- If you can afford it, get a dining plan that includes lots of snacks. Water bottles are considered a snack which is a major plus and it’s nice to be able to grab something quick like popcorn or ice cream whenever cravings hit. You can get snacks without the dining plan, but having a set number of them that were already paid for was nice and made things easier.
- Listen to your body and don’t push yourself. I pushed myself too hard and I definitely regret it. If you need to take a break, take it. Mickey will still be there afterward 🙂
- If you own a maternity belt, wear it. It’ll take the pressure off your back and you’ll be less achey at the end of the day. If you do not own a maternity belt, I would definitely invest in one. Mine was about $60. You don’t realize how much your lower back needs the support and it feels so good.
- Look up what rides you can do while pregnant before you go so that you go so you can plan. There’s actually more available to pregnant women than I thought.
- If you can, do Fast Pass for the rides that you absolutely want to do and plan these ahead of time. This way, you’ll make sure you still do things you want while also giving yourself time to rest or take it easy. Waiting in line with a bowling ball pressing on your bladder is not an easy thing to do.
- You can only schedule 3 Fast Pass rides per day, which is actually perfect. I wouldn’t suggest planning to do more than that because you never know how you’ll feel and you may not be able to handle more. We had 2-3 Fast Pass rides planned per day and it gave me the time I needed to rest and recharge throughout.
- If you need to use a wheelchair or ECV (electronic convenience vehicle), definitely go for the wheelchair. The parks are so packed and wheelchairs are easier to navigate around. I would definitely have someone push your chair for you as well; no need to get overheated or exhaust yourself. I tried the ECV one day and learned that people are NOT afraid to dart in front of moving vehicles. I was constantly coming to complete halts and the size of the ECV made it almost impossible to navigate the big crowds.
- If you can afford it, I would definitely get a pre-natal massage while you’re there. I had never had one before and it was AMAZING, especially after my day at Animal Kingdom when my legs felt like they would just fall off.