The Pregnancy Guide to Disneyland

 

One of the first thoughts I had when I found out I was pregnant was:
“Oh no, it’s going to be a while until I ride Big Thunder or Space Mountain again.”

And while that is true, there are lots of rides you can ride while pregnant. In fact, going to Disneyland was one of my favorite things to do. I went to OC Fair while pregnant and I was more restricted there than I was at Disneyland and California Adventure.

RIDES

First of all, talk to your doctor before your visits to the parks because if you are struggling with any health issues, they’ll be able to tell you what to avoid and such. There are some obvious rides that you cannot ride while pregnant, such as Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones, Matterhorn, and the Incredibles rollar coaster. But there are a lot of great rides you can still ride up until you give birth. My favorite rides are Haunted Mansion, all the Fantasyland rides, and Soarin’ Over the World. I rode the Cars ride up until my third trimester. There is a pregnancy warning for this ride, however I personally felt like I was okay and so was my baby because it’s not a rollar coaster but it’s not as tame as a Fantasyland ride. Pirates is another one that some people shy away from because of the drops. Again, I personally felt okay to do it so I did. Bret was more nervous about what rides I was riding than I was, haha.

FIRST AID

Both parks have a nice first aid facility. Disneyland’s is at the end of Main Street by the corn dog cart and California Adventures is right at the entrance on the left just past Oswald’s. The first time I went to one of these was on my birthday when I was a teenager because my mom almost passed out from the heat. But it’s super nice and they have beds for you to lay down on if you don’t feel well. I believe they also have Advil, Tylenol, and other common medicines in case you need something like that. Take advantage of these facilities! A great thing to do is go introduce yourself to the staff when you first get there so that they can help you later if you need it.

One thing to keep in mind is that you walk everywhere. I remember one time I went to the parks, I realized that it had been a while since I felt the baby kick and that kinda worried me. Well, one day while I was studying, one of my professors mentioned that walking puts the baby to sleep, while sitting still is when they are more active. After that, I’d just have to remind myself of that because chances are you’ll spend the whole day at the parks without a ton of kicks, and that’s normal!

RESTING

I went to the parks a couple times during my ninth month of pregnancy and all I wanted to do was relax in cold rooms, haha. In Disneyland, my favorite places to relax when I needed it were: Mr. Lincoln on Main Street, The Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates, Haunted Mansion, and It’s A Small World. In California Adventure, I liked: Soarin’ Over the World, the Animation Station, and Frozen the Musical. All of these places are air conditioned and great rest stops for those (pregnant or not) who feel tired or overheated. Another great way to stay cool when you’re out and about in the parks is getting one of the fan-spray water bottles. I got one the day after I took the bar exam and it totally saved me. In fact, all my friends kept stealing it from me whenever we were in outdoor lines because they were hot too, haha!

Hope you enjoyed these tips and have fun at the Happiest Place on Earth!

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