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  • On Jul 22, 2008
    Elizabeth from GA Asked

    I will be visiting in Sept and will be 4 months pregnant. I know most of the moms have been pregnant and I was wondering which rides will I not be able to ride with my 3 year old? I would appreciate any tips on going to the parks while pregnant. THANKS!!!

    I visited WDW when I was 5 months pregnant with twins. My older daughter was almost three at the time.

    There are several attractions at WDW that have posted warnings for pregnant women. The choice is up to you and your doctor about whether you should experience any of these. However, almost all of the rides that have warnings also have a height restriction that would exclude your 3-year-old. The main preschool-friendly ride with a health warning would be Goofy's Barnstormer in the Magic Kingdom. This is a mild roller coaster, but it does have some dips and spins that a pregnant woman might want to avoid.

    There are other rides that would likely be considered safe for you, but that you might want to avoid for your own comfort. I am specifically thinking of spinning rides such as the teacups. I still had enough of a queasy stomach at this point in my pregnancy that spinning attractions would have been torture for me.

    As for other tips, you're going to want to keep very hydrated; it will still be hot in September. And staying well hydrated will mean frequent restroom breaks. I would keep a park map handy to have the location of the closest restrooms at the ready. I would also scope out the location of the first aid stations in the parks. If you feel at all unwell, be sure to stop in the first aid station. Sometimes even a brief rest in an air conditioned area can perk you up.

    Food can also be an issue when you're pregnant. Have a selection of healthy snacks with you at all times (dried fruit, nuts, crackers, etc.). This can keep nausea at bay and make sure you have enough energy.

    My only real complaint about touring WDW while pregnant was that by the end of the day my hips ached in a way that they never did on any other Disney trip -- must have been the loose ligaments. Be sure you have your most comfortable shoes for walking and don't over schedule, particularly in the evenings.

    I did have a wonderful trip to WDW when I was pregnant. I hope you do too.


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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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