You too can do Disney...pregnant!

Discussion in 'Disney for Families' started by vettechick99, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. vettechick99

    vettechick99 <font color=purple>Why do I open these threads?<br

    Jan 2, 2004
    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. :thumbsup2

    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!
  2. imthatgirl

    imthatgirl DIS Veteran

    Jul 5, 2008
    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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  4. Hillbeans

    Hillbeans <font color=purple>If you're bored, please read a

    Feb 24, 2003
    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.
  5. MommyPoppins

    MommyPoppins <font color=green>Tangled with the TF in a moment

    Nov 29, 2004
    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)
  6. monkeybug

    monkeybug <font color=blue>I feel safer when I know where th

    Jan 20, 2009
    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!
  7. Jenny-momof3

    Jenny-momof3 DIS Veteran

    Nov 15, 2006
    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! :thumbsup2 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. :cloud9:
  8. coalmnrswife

    coalmnrswife Earning My Ears

    Apr 21, 2010
    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.

  9. alyssa810

    alyssa810 <font color=purple>It's much more fun on the boat<

    Jan 1, 2001
    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 :rotfl2:!!
  10. Crystal824

    Crystal824 DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2008
    I'm about to go to Disney later this week, 29 weeks pregnant. I admit that I'm a little scared because I have already gained 25lb. No, it isn't all baby. I have alot of work to do once she is born. I just plan to take it easy and do what I can do. I hope all turns out well.
  11. MeLaNie9

    MeLaNie9 DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2006
    Love your comment about "bun" math, esp. since both of my buns gave me an extra 50lbs! And the 2nd time I was actively trying not to gain that much and sure enough at my last OB visit, I had hit the 50lb mark exactly!

    Anyways, I went to WDW during that 2nd pregnancy and it was so wonderful - it was our only WDW trip with just our older son and our first family trip there and so it will always be special to us.
  12. Fantasyland Mom

    Fantasyland Mom DIS Veteran

    Feb 8, 2010
    Thanks for the encouragement! We're taking our two girls (4 and 2) on Friday, and while there I'll be 30-31 weeks pregnant. I wasn't worried to begin with (I've only gained 10 lbs so far and am used to being active), but now I'm even more reassured!
  13. vettechick99

    vettechick99 <font color=purple>Why do I open these threads?<br

    Jan 2, 2004
    I really didn't think it was that big of a deal, but I was very careful too. We only did the parks for part of each day. I can't imagine going all day, or even staying til 3 or 4 in the afternoon. And sometimes a rest at the resort wasn't enough. I'm sure I'm like most pg moms in that in the afternoons and evenings we start to poop out. So do what you can in the morning and if you are really up to going back out, go for it. But I would never, ever encourage anyone to do WDW commando. Yikes!

    Have a good time to everyone that's going!
  14. orangetiggs

    orangetiggs Married my sweetheart in DISNEY!!!!!

    Oct 18, 2006
    i did disney 25 weeks pregnant with twins last sept and we flew 9 hours from london as well

    loved it and will be returning this sept with our girls
  15. WDWorBUST

    WDWorBUST <font color=purple>BL II - Purple Team<br><font co

    Jul 29, 2000
    I had a trip planned 2 weeks from now to take one last trip with DD before baby comes.....but that isn't going to happen after all. So now I'm trying to talk DH into going in September for one last trip with just the three of us. I know we will have many trips with the new baby too....but after having been an only child for 6 years I know this baby is going to rock DD's matter how much she wants a "sister". (KMFX that's what she gets) So I'd really like to give her one last trip when she is the center of our attention and it's all about her. Don't know yet if I'll be successful in talking DH into it or not....but I sure am going to try. Oh and if I'm successful I will be 30 weeks. I was 31/32 weeks when I went pregnant with DD in September so I know it is definitely doable - that was a great trip.

    So glad you enjoyed your vacation Vettechick!!
  16. Wanna be Ariel

    Wanna be Ariel DIS Veteran

    Jun 15, 2010
  17. Lisa loves Pooh

    Lisa loves Pooh DIS Veteran

    Apr 18, 2004
    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.)
  18. kristainohio

    kristainohio Mouseketeer

    Aug 23, 2009
    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! :)
  19. judypriv

    judypriv Mouseketeer

    Jan 26, 2010
    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. :confused3 Oh, well. Maybe when we go in January.
  20. MScott1851

    MScott1851 <font color=font color=royalblue>Got a link for th

    Jun 7, 2002
    If your extra 15 pounds = a bun, then my extra 35 I was carrying = a bread truck.

    Hahaha! Good tips and advice... I went at 25 weeks, and had a great time. I honestly don't think I was any more tired at the end of the day than I normally am at Disney, and I could eat anything I wanted without feeling guilty. I was over the nausea of early pregnancy, but not into the swollen, miserable part yet.

    The best part was, I discovered attractions and shows I had never taken time to see before, because I was always so interested in the headline attractions/rides. Pregnant at WDW and fun at WDW aren't mutually exclusive!
  21. RadioFanatic

    RadioFanatic Mouseketeer<br><font color=6d6b70>SO not a jewelry

    Jun 28, 2005
    I was 19 weeks when I went (found out sex of baby day after I returned!) and I totally agree. It was a great time and I love showing DS the pictures of his first time at Disney in Mama's belly!

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