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Expectant Mom’s Complete Disney Packing List of Important Needs

Pregnant at Disney? Expectant Mom's Complete Disney Packing List of Important Needs

Disney vacations are often planned a year in advance or more! Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you find out that you’ll be pregnant during your vacation. No need to cancel your travel plans in most cases, but it’s a good idea to know exactly what to expect when you’re expecting at the Happiest Place on Earth! I recently traveled to Disneyland in my 35th week of pregnancy and am here to tell you what essentials you need to pack in your day bag. Here is a Disney packing list for the most enjoyable (and comfortable) day an expectant mom can have at the Parks.

Pregnant Mom’s Disney Packing List

Stretchy Pants & Panties

You do not want to be wearing pants or panties that are too tight on your burgeoning belly. Panties that are pinching your thighs or bunching up underneath your stomach aren’t going to work. And if the waistband on your pants is too-snug you’re going to be miserable. Do a test-run on your clothes before your trip and choose only the most comfortable.

Comfy Shoes and Foot Care First Aid

Now is not the time to break in a pair of new shoes. Make sure you are wearing your most comfortable pair, one that allows good flexibility. Pregnant feet are known to swell, in particular with all the time standing in queue and walking. Bring good socks, moleskin, bandages and anything else that will help make all the walking and standing more comfortable for you. Pack an extra pair of socks to switch into mid-day, especially if your feet are sweaty or get wet. I also highly recommend packing a second pair of shoes in your day bag (something open-toed, like supportive sandals) so that if your feet swell in your shoes, you can switch to the second pair.

Pregnant at Disney? Expectant Mom's Complete Disney Packing List of Important Needs

Water

To help keep you hydrated and to prevent swelling, you’ll need to be drinking a lot of water. If you have a place to store pre-filled water bottles (like in a stroller or locker) bring them with you. Or you can bring a refillable water bottle and fill at the fountains. You can also always ask for complimentary ice water at any quick service restaurant.

Battery Operated Fan

Your pregnant body is a mini-incubator and you might find that even in pleasant weather, you are easily overheated. Having a small fan that you can keep in your bag is handy, especially if you start to feel light-headed when you’re too warm.

Lotion

Growing bellies can be itchy, especially in the second trimester. Instead of standing in line scratching your tummy all day, be sure to pack a travel sized bottle of lotion or a balm to soothe your skin.

Maxi Pads/Bladder Protection

Wear one all day and pack extras. Yes, really. Even if you don’t currently experience “bladder incontinence”. Getting in and out of rides can *ahem* cause a little leak (take it from one who knows!) One errant sneeze on a full bladder and you’ll be in big trouble so it’s better to be well protected in the first place.

Pregnant at Disney? Expectant Mom's Complete Disney Packing List of Important Needs

Getting into the Astro Orbitor while 35 weeks pregnant was no easy feat!

Change of Clothes

Accidents happen and if you’re in your third trimester, you might find it challenging to find clothes that fit you in the Park gift shops. I find that my clumsiness increases with each week and I’m constantly dropping food on my belly en route to my mouth. It’s best to just pack yourself an extra outfit in your day bag.

Antacids

If you’re like me in the third trimester, even water gives you heartburn. Pack a good number of antacid tablets that you can chew on during the day when indigestion flares up.

Fiber and Fruit

On the flip-side of taking antacids, the added calcium in the antacids can cause constipation. You might also be eating differently than you do at home with heavier full-service dining meals. Consider fiber capsules (ask your doctor what they recommend) and up your fruit intake to help keep you regular. We packed dried plums and apples in our snack bag which helped with regularity.

Vitamins and Medicines

Keep up your good prenatal habits and pack all your important vitamins. “Safe” medications are limited while pregnant so ask your doctor what you might need during illness and pack those in with you. I always try to carry at least acetaminophen with me to help ease round ligament pain, headache and achy joints.

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Sunscreen and a Hat

Not everyone gets that “pregnant glow”. Some of us get pimples, dry patches or dark spots instead! Even if the weather is less than sunny, slather on sunscreen and slap on a hat to protect your skin.

Healthy Snacks

Pregnant women need a few extra calories than usual and with the additional miles you walk in the Parks, you’ll need to keep your body well nourished. Pack yourself some healthy snacks that you can nibble on throughout the day. Foods like almonds, apples, sturdy crackers and dried plums are easy to keep in a backpack and won’t melt or spoil in warm weather.

Maternity Support Belt

A belly belt will gently support your bump and may help ease back ache. Consider purchasing one ahead of time and “test driving” at home it to see if it helps.

What to Do in the Parks (and what to Skip)

Naturally, as a pregnant woman you will be unable to ride or experience certain attractions at the risk of your unborn baby. These warnings are posted at all Disney rides that discourage pregnant women from participating.

For more pregnancy Disney vacation tips, please take a look at my post on TravelingMom, Pregnant at Disneyland? Top Tips on What to Do (and What to Skip)


Have you ever been to Disneyland while pregnant? What was your must-have item on your Disney packing list that made your vacation better?

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Maternity Fashion – How to Look Fabulous on a Tight Budget

Maternity Fashion - How to Look Fabulous on a Tight Budget

You have a new little bundle of joy on the way…with all of the expenses that go along with it!  No need to break the bank on maternity fashion, here’s how:

Maternity Fashion

Yes, maternity and fashion CAN go together in the same sentence! With a little finagling of your own closet, practical purchases and good use of accessories, you’ll have a pregnancy wardrobe that will get you through all nine months.

Wear What You Have

In the first few months, you may be able to wear your normal clothes without any modifications. Or you might be feeling so bloated and tight around the middle that you resort to stretchy pants. In any case, wear your own clothes as long as you comfortably can. This might mean doing the rubber band trick on your pants (fold a rubber band or hair elastic in half and insert through your button hole, then loop the ends onto your button). Cover up with a longer tee and nobody will be the wiser.

I’m currently 30 weeks pregnant and have been wearing my button-up blouses and cardigans, unbuttoned over a maternity tank or tee and a pair of leggings. Add some jewelry or a scarf from your closet and you can switch up the looks with minimal purchases. I also love to wear my stretch knit maxi dresses that are loose and flowy in the mid-section. Since it’s been chilly, I simply layer with a cardigan sweater to keep me warm.

Maternity Fashion - How to Look Fabulous on a Tight Budget

Stretchy tops with tie straps in the back can get you through several months.

Wait Until You Need It

Since every body is different, you really have no idea when you’re first pregnant how your third trimester belly will look. I recommend waiting as long as you can to purchase late pregnancy clothing so you can get an appropriate fit.

Buy Sparingly & Accessorize

Maternity clothes can be pricey and considering you’ll only wear them for a few months, try to purchase only what you’ll need and what is most versatile. Purchase a few tank tops and tees that can be layered under sweaters and unbuttoned blouses. One white, one black and a few versatile colors that coordinate with items in your closet are the best bet. Choose a few neutral-toned pairs of pants (perhaps a pair of leggings, dressy slacks and a pair of jeans) that you can wear until month 9. Non-maternity leggings are probably going to be less expensive so try these first. Your preference will be “over” or “under” belly so keep that in mind when shopping. Stretchy knit skirts are great too and can be layered over leggings in cooler months.

Maternity Fashion - How to Look Fabulous on a Tight Budget

My husband’s work party was a dress up occasion and I really didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on a fancy maternity outfit that I’d only wear once. I was able to find a pretty maternity knit top at Old Navy for about $10! It was a simple black top but had dressier lace sleeves that I layered over black leggings so it was perfect for the occasion. Fancy earrings and high heels and I looked and felt dressed up.

Beware the “Sale”

I bought a pair of cropped jeans early in this pregnancy that cost me $8. Yep, they were cheap and according to my husband, they were unflattering and he told me to “Please, never wear those pants again!” This goes with all fashion, not just maternity. Just because they are “only $8” doesn’t mean you should buy them. Avoid the lure of the “sale” and only buy what’s still appropriate for your body.

Avoid the Stretch

Keep in mind that your tummy expands pretty slowly up until the last trimester. You can probably get away with wearing most of your usual clothes until this point (bottoms being the exception). Some clothes have better stretch than others and will easily accommodate your belly into later months. However if you continue to wear some of these pieces as your tummy expands, you may stretch them too much and the fabric won’t go back into pre-pregnancy shape. I did that with a beautiful electric blue blouse during my second pregnancy. Though it fit me nicely until my 8th month, after the baby was born I realized that I’d stretched it beyond its limits and the fabric was too stretched out and loose to wear post-pregnancy.

What’s Under There?

I think I’m down to about 5 pairs of underpants that fit me at this point! They are either too tight along the thigh or are rolling off my tummy and bunching up at the bottom…so uncomfortable! And my bras? Well, let’s just say things aren’t being properly contained at this point.

No need to purchase pricey “maternity” underwear as a size or two up or a different style might do the trick at a lower cost. For bras though, if you are planning on nursing, it’s a good idea to buy a few nursing bras to accommodate your larger cup size. I’ve always preferred stretch knit for the comfort factor. And a wireless “sleep” nursing bra is a wonderful idea so you’ll have support 24/7.  You want your breasts to go back into their original position, right? Wearing a bra all the time is good way to help give them proper support and reduce stretching and discomfort.

Maternity Fashion - How to Look Fabulous on a Tight Budget

I bought this sweatshirt early in my pregnancy & wear it over a longer tank.

Buy What Can Be Worn Later

Pregnancy open cardigans?! Why would you need a flyaway cardigan to be maternity-sized? If you have to buy something to wear while pregnant, keep in mind what can be used post-pregnancy. It will take you a bit of time to get your pre-pregnancy body size back so you’ll continue to wear your maternity clothes (size 6-7 months, or so) after delivery. If you’re going to be nursing, consider purchasing shirts and blouses that make nursing easier, like button-down shirts or nursing tanks with clip straps. Some clothes can be impractical when nursing, like long tops or dresses (unless you like bunching up the fabric under your chin and exposing your bare stomach!)

Buy Resale

Local resale shops are a great place to find maternity clothing but did you know you can also find great deals online? I’m already a huge fan of threadUP for their kid’s clothing but now that I’m in my third trimester, I’m scouring the site for pieces that will see me through these last few months and beyond. You can also sell back your maternity outfits later for cash or credit. Request a “Clean Out Kit” for those outgrown baby clothes and sell them back to threadUP as well! (affiliate link)

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Borrow or Rent

Put the word out via social media that you’re in need of maternity clothes to see you through your pregnancy. Your post-pregnancy friends will likely be happy to help you with donations from their maternity stash or share with you the name of a friend who may have what you need.

There are many online maternity clothing rental companies that can help you find just what you need. This is particularly handy if you work in a corporate setting and require dressier clothing on a daily basis or if you need formal attire for a specific occasion. A quick search online for “rent maternity clothes” will give you several options.

To the Tips of Your Toes

You may find that your usual shoes start to pinch a bit with swelling feet and ankles. I remember with my first pregnancy, I could only wear flip-flops for the final month! You might need to purchase an inexpensive pair in a half size up to get you through or choose shoes that are less constricting. Your feet may or may not return to their original size after baby. I actually have one foot that went up half a size and one foot that went up one full size and they have stayed that way!


 Do you have any inexpensive maternity wear tips? Please share them in the comments!

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Top Tips on What to Do When You’re Pregnant at Disneyland

 

Top Tips on What to Do When Your Pregnant at Disneyland

I’ve been to Disneyland twice while pregnant. The first time I was 34 weeks along with Ian (around 7 1/2 months). The second time I was pregnant with Dillon at 12 weeks (around 3 months). Both visits offered their own unique challenges.

Please read the full post on Traveling Mom 


Special considerations to keep in mind while visiting Disneyland while pregnant –

All Ears.net has a list of all rides that have restrictions and warnings for expectant moms or those that suffer from motion sickness. There are very few rides that offer the restriction for expectant moms; these include mostly vigorous thrill rides or rides that may be jerky or jarring to the body. Do not ignore those warnings, even if you are still in your first trimester. The sharp stops and G-force pressure of certain rides can injure your delicate cargo so it’s not worth the risk.

What can you do at Disneyland when you're pregnant?

Goofy’s Sky School is too jerky and rough for expectant moms.


Even if a ride or attraction is okay for expectant moms, you might find that navigating your 8-month pregnant belly into some of these might be a challenge.

  • The Finding Nemo Submarines are a smooth ride that is safe for expectant moms. However you’ll have to climb down and up a steep spiral staircase and sit in a narrow flip-down chair in a tight space.
  • Over in Fantasyland there are many dark rides that are just fine for expectant moms but several have small vehicles that may prove challenging to get into. If riding Casey Jr. Circus Train, opt for an open car instead of a caged vehicle. With the Storybook Land Canal Boats you might have difficultly balancing to get in and out of the boat.
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes may also offer challenges getting in and out of the canoe. Be careful exerting yourself rowing the oar. Plus you’ll be un-shaded and it gets hot out there on the water.

    What can you do at Disneyland when you're pregnant?

    “Mom, it’s a really tight fit in this submarine…you might want to sit this one out”


Keep Up the Healthy Eating

Continue to eat plenty of fruits and veggies (don’t forget to pack your prenatal vitamins!) Limit your sodium intake and stay well hydrated to reduce swelling in your feet and legs.

You can also bring in your own water bottles and snacks to make sure you are getting the healthy and nutritious food you (and your baby) need.


Relax and Rest

When I visited Disneyland in the later months of my pregnancy, I did a bit more resting in the shade with my feet on a bench instead of standing in queues.  There are plenty of places you can rest your swollen feet and still enjoy the Parks.

  • Find a shady spot and a bench to yourself. Consider bringing a small pillow to set at your back or to sit on to make yourself more comfortable.
  • Stake out a great seat on the parade route ahead of time and save places for your family to join you later.
  • A grand circle tour on the Disneyland Railroad offers almost 20 minutes of rest and fresh air along with a relaxing tour around Disneyland Park.
  • Pull up a chair and enjoy the cool air that blows across the waters of the Rivers of America on the Mark Twain Riverboat.
  • Sit in the shade of Tomorrowland Terrace to eat lunch, watch a show and possibly have your young ones participate at the Jedi Training Academy show.
  • Mickey and the Magical Map offers bench seating in the shade and a live musical stage show.

Dress for your growing body

  • Wear comfortable shoes and consider taking a second pair to switch into if you are prone to swelling. I like to start off with tennis shoes and switch over to well-cushioned sandals in the evening.
  • Dress in layers so if you get hot or chilled you can add or remove layers as needed.
  • Ditch the heavy purse and pack light with a small backpack or tote that you can put on and take off easily. Or consider renting a locker to store your items until you need them.

    What can you do at Disneyland when you're pregnant?

    Dress in light layers in case you get warm.


Air conditioned attractions are your best friend

Keep rested inside by finding attractions that combine sitting along with cool air.

  • While everyone else is bouncing in a jeep on Indiana Jones Adventure, take time to yourself and soak in a little history (and air conditioning) inside The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
  • Enchanted Tiki Room is a whimsical place with cushioned benches…and you can bring in a snack!
  • Oh yes, the looping music is worth 15-minutes inside It’s a Small World! You might want to ride it twice!
  • Get the giggles inside Muppet Vision 3D.
  • If you have little ones, get there early for the Disney Junior – Live on Stage! show. There are benches across the back of the theater (otherwise you’ll have to sit on the carpet).
  • 40-minutes of pure amazement in cushy theater chairs – Disney’s Aladdin show is a can’t miss.
  • Plenty of sit-down restaurants have both outdoor and indoor dining that gives you both a break and a healthy meal.

    What can you do at Disneyland when you're pregnant?

    Skip the Autopia, you don’t want to get rear-ended.


Bathroom breaks

If little miss or mister is frequently doing the hot-diggety-dog dance on your bladder, consider checking out The Happiest Potties on Earth before your trip. There are very honest reviews about the bathrooms across Disneyland along with locations. Always take a potty break before getting on a ride (you don’t want to get stuck when the urge strikes!)


Listen to your body.

Now is not the time to push your vacation to the limits. Pregnancy can be very hard on your body and with exhaustion and discomfort already at the max, there is no need to exacerbate any issues.

  • Take a break inside the First Aid station if you feel uncomfortable or in pain. First Aid can help you out and offer a place to lay down for a while.
  • If you’re exhausted, go back to your hotel room for a refreshing swim or to take a nap.
  • Get plenty of sleep even if that means going to bed while everyone else in your group is still up late watching the fireworks.
  • If you are truly miserable and can’t walk, consider renting a wheelchair or motorized scooter in the Park to minimize the amount of time you are on your feet.
  • Look forward to your next trip when your little one will be with you to enjoy it!

On the Disneyland website you can also peruse the descriptions of each attraction for more information.


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