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Old 04-25-2010, 07:22 PM   #1
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You too can do Disney...pregnant!

Hi all! We just returned from Disney World. This was my 25th trip, DHs 6th, and DDs 4th, but our very first time going with a bun in the oven. How an extra 15 lbs equals a bun is math I'll never understand.



But anyway, here are my top tips!

1. Ya just ain't gonna do it all. I went into this trip knowing I was not going to be able to do all that WDW has to offer, or even a good bit of it. How about a little bit? No? That's ok. DD3 is small and can't ride any thrill rides, so while DH did those, we did other things just us. In fact, we did quite a few things we'd never done before because of DD and the pregnancy. Enjoy the little things about Disney. Particularly their playgrounds. And benches. Oh those heavenly benches.

2. Go at the right time, part 1. I went 22 through 23 weeks pregnant. You can't ask for a better time to vacation. Ok, how about not pregnant. Let me rephrase. So you can't ask for a better time to vacation pregnant. I was past the I'm-gonna-vommit-but-I'm-too-tired-to-sit-up stage, but not into the I'm-a-beached-whale-whose-ankles-are-these-get-this-baby-outta-me stage. So I say go anytime from 15 weeks to 25-ish weeks. Any earlier or later than that and you might just be miserable. As an added plus, during the second trimester your appetite is quite healthy so I got to enjoy the amazing foods WDW has to offer. It could only have been better if I had free dining.

3. Go at the right time, part 2 (because this needs multiple parts). Our trip was late April. Spring is a great time to go because the weather is fantastic. The first part of the week was great - 70s and 80s. The last part was nearing 90s. That was getting a little rough. You already have to drink a lot of water when pregnant, and when you are sweating you just can't seem to stay ahead. So going in the summer seems like a bad idea all the way around. Bad, bad. Just bad.

4. Go at the right time, part 3 (because two is not enough). Don't go when it's busy. We had upper-moderate crowds and I'm a low-crowd kind of gal. You will just get annoyed standing in line, or wishing the lines weren't so long, or muttering why is this line so long, or...oh just get the hell out of my way people, can't you see I'm pissy and pregnant?

5. Home is where the nap is. I feel best in the morning, so DH was kind enough to get up for rope drop everyday. Some days we made it to 1 or 2pm, but other days we didn't make it past lunch. We went back to the resort for several hours to nap or just rest. And if you aren't a napper like me, at least lay down and watch tv. I have to give DH props for taking DD to the pool or entertaining her while I rested. And by rested, I of course mean Facebooked.

6. Frankie Says Relax! When this is your first trip (or perhaps 25th), you feel the compulsion to do it all. But some evenings we just had to say screw it all and stayed at the resort. We only went back out a few of the nights. So that means some days we only spent a few hours in the parks. It's ok, take a Disney break! Believe me, Disney will be there next trip and it'll be just as expensive.

7. You don't need no stinkin' parks! Plan a day or two to do nothing. Instead of doing nothing, on our 5th day we went to Typhoon Lagoon and that seemed to work out ok. TL doesn't require near the amount of walking the other parks do and you can spend a good amount of time just sitting in the shallow-end watching your child float away on her swimmies.

8. I call time-out! I felt great all week. Never overdid it, and drank lots of water. But still on our last day in the parks my back and belly started to hurt just a little. A few hours later it was like I'd had a major ab workout, no thanks to Mari Winsor. And let me tell you, sore abs when you're pregnant feels less like wow-that-was-an-awesome-workout and more like when-did-I-turn-90. We ended up leaving the MK right after lunch and taking a long break at the resort. Instead of an evening of dinner and parks, we just went to dinner. And we only went because it was Boma and I believe that has to be a pregnant woman's paradise. Also, if we hadn't planned on leaving the next day, we would have cancelled our plans and stayed at the resort. So when you start to hurt just a little, take that as a big slap upside the head.

9. Maternity schmaternity. I'm a teacher and can handle skirts, and cute tops, and strappy sandals all day long, but at Disney I went back to basics. So plan to wear tennis shoes. Also remember that by the end of the day, you are a little more bloated than when you got up. And by little, I mean yet another child has taken up residence in your belly. So wear comforable pants. Maybe even...*gasp*...maternity pants! Yes, I can still wear my old stuff with a Belly Band, but I usually felt better in maternity shorts and tank tops. You can still look cute in maternity!

10. Make like Handy Manny and have all your tools. I recommend this for any trip, but go with a weekly and daily plan. Touring plans, Disney line apps - all very important. This is me checking the Lines app in the Boneyard (Hon, if you're taking my picture, who is watching the kid?) Anywho, no sense wasting time walking across the park if a ride is closed or the line is too long.



We had a wonderful time, even though it was tiring. DD3 enjoys WDW more and more every time we go. Can't wait to get this next one brainwashed too!
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:31 PM   #2
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I too have done Disney pregnant. It's really no big deal.

I was about 6 1/2-7 months pregnant with my second. I never felt like I couldn't keep up. I did take one full day to stay home while my husband went to Universal...but I didn't even need it. We toured no different then we did when I wasn't pregnant. Maybe I ate a little more...and sat out a few more rides...but really, it's not a big deal.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:20 PM   #3
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Love your new photos! Glad you had a fun time.

I did Disney pregnant in 2005 - I think I was about 28 weeks along so a little further than I would have chosen, but it was a GG with family. We went in July and it was just too hot to breathe, so I didn't do WDW commando as I usually do. I agree with your comments that you should not do it in the hot summer if at all possible.

As it turned out, my FIL and I spent a lot of time together hanging back sitting on benches that trip because he was having difficulty getting around (he was diabetic and overweight). He died 6 months after that trip and i'll never forget that time we spent together. It was very special and I think we became a lot closer after that trip.
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:14 AM   #4
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I've done Disney pregnant 4 times. The first and second time were killers because I gained too much and was horribly huge and it wasn't all baby.

The second and third times were a different pregnancy where my total weight gain(several days PAST 40 weeks) was only 23lbs. I went around at 5 and 6 1/2 months. That time was much better, but both short trips.

Amazing you made it through such a long trip. lol. I hear ya on the sore abs.

All that being said, we are going in May and I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy I am not pregnant. ;o)
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:25 AM   #5
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Ha ha! I love it!!!
Awesome post, and I am totally going to try out the "Make like Handy Manny" phrase on my husband.
I will be 21 weeks when we go, I'm excited to use the time I would have been on thrill rides to SHOP!!! Right now shopping with no kids for 20 minutes or so while the fam. is riding something I can't sounds just as exciting as space mountain!
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:31 AM   #6
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I've done Disney pregnant as well. Last July was 14 weeks pregnant with my 4th baby. We were there for 17 days and toured the parks hard everyday! I have borderline hypernemisis ( sp) but did okay. Also went at Thanksgiving when I was 34 weeks...and we drove 15 hours to get there! I was definitely quite sore for a few days after that trip but it was soo much fun in the Christmas atmosphere.

Over spring break we just took our new little one with us...he was 10 weeks. It was a wonderful trip and I can't wait to take him again soon.
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:49 AM   #7
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I too went to Disney World pregnant. I can't lie and say I really felt like going. But, it was not for me it was for my daughter. I knew it was the last time I would be able to do something special for just her. (I had the guilt feeling)

It was the last week in June 2009. I was 29 weeks pregnant. The trip was very special and I managed just by taking it easy. I rested alot and really enjoyed it.

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Great tips! I went at 16 and 21 weeks- I rode Soarin' while my DH did test track! While I missed the thrill rides, we still had an enjoyable time- I just walked slower than usual !!
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:21 AM   #10
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I LOVE your tips...especially since they made me laugh!

I agree with all of them...except maybe the sneakers. I don't like them and hate them even more while pregnant. Exposed feet = air conditioning. So I wore comfy flip flops like my crocs flops. YMMV though. Sneakers kill my feet at disney on a good day.

But I totally related to the rest of your post. I can also add that there is no shame in renting an ECV if your body decides that it just can't take another step despite taking days off. I had one (out of 4 babies) where I had to do the ECV. That was also the pregnancy that resulted in a 10 pound 14 oz baby. So in retrospect...then perfect time tht I went felt more like I was going full term as even at half his full term size...he was the size of a term baby. Eeeeek! (had we have known how exhausted I would have been at a snail's pace, I might have skipped the trip.)
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I'll be 22 weeks when we go in mid-September, and I'm SO excited! This is our last hurrah before baby #2 joins us, so DH and I are excited to spend the time together (DD who is 2 is going to party with my parents at home). I hate the idea of slowing down (taking a break) in the afternoon, but I know I won't make it to see Wishes if I don't! Glad to hear that it's really enjoyable while being pregnant!
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:06 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the additional comments! It's great to hear what has been working for others.

I am a week away from having #2 and I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to go this late in the pregnancy. I can't even go to Wal-Mart for 20 minutes without hunching over the cart whining like a baby.

Can't wait to go with vettechicklet2!
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:38 PM   #13
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I think you all are absolutely ka-ra-zee!!!! LOL said with love and affection of course! I can't imagine having gone during either of my pregnancies....

In fact, DH and I went on a second honeymoon trip and ended up buying DVC and getting all kinds of extra incentive points for extra trips. I got pregnant on the trip, but refused to go. We timed it almost to the day when the extra points would expire and took DS when he was 3 mos old and blew all the points on a 2 bedroom suite at Boardwalk. ha ha ha..

Anyway, glad some of you can make it and still have a good time! I don't think all of us, especially us older/high risk moms can do it but to you awesome moms that can!
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Lol, you look lovely. I read your old trip reports ages ago, and they made me smile too. It is fun to watch a family grow.
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I did it twice in one year!

I went to Disney in spring of 2006 when I was pregnant with my son. I was fine and the only issue I had was the buses. Only once in a week did anyone offer to give me a seat which I found very rude. I had to stand on the buses while clutching my six month large belly. I did have aching feet too.

On my next trip 11 months later I was more tired as I had my son who was 7 months old and the 7 month belly with my daughter but my feet were fine as I wore crocs. Balancing a baby and having a large belly is tiresome but doable.

I was hoping to be knocked up when we go in a few weeks but so far nobody is here yet. Oh, well. Maybe when we go in January.
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