Surviving Disneyworld while pregnant

At 23 weeks pregnant I couldn’t be more proud of how I handled myself over the last 2 days of park hopping. I’d like to share some tried and tested tips that have helped me survive the last two days at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Day 1-Animal Kingdom
Before I left home I researched on the Disney boards to see what rides I would be restricted from riding. The consensus seemed to agree AK park was the least pregnant friendly amongst the other WDW.

So I approached this day as an opportunity to really slow down and enjoy the natural surroundings of AK. I met with family around 9:30, a big group of about 15 people and as the day went on we branched out and discovered our own path to AK.

Here are my tips from this day-
Carefully select the rides you ride. Throughout all parks at Disney they give fair warning on what rides aren’t safe for pregnant women. Take those warnings seriously! No ride is worth risking the health & safety of your baby. At AK I didn’t ride anything.

Find alternatives to rides.

Disney has put in an insane amount of work in creating world-class, live shows and parades. My favorite at AK is the Festival of the Lion King!

Play carnival games & enjoy sweet treats. My husband and I had the opportunity to take my adorable niece around DinoLand while her mom (my sis) & dad enjoyed some big kid rides. We also fed her Mickey ice cream. She absolutely loved it! And we did too! We won her 4 new stuffed animals or “new friends” as she likes to call them!

Slow down, and enjoy your surroundings. At AK they offer many walking trails through animal exhibits. Take time to enjoy the beauty of nature displayed at this park.

Take mid-day breaks. I only sat during 2 shows and 2 meal breaks for a short time each. Being on your feet for almost 10 hours for anyone can be a challenge for any adult, but when you’re pregnant it can take a complete toll on your body. Take the time to return back to your hotel for a nap and to refresh yourself.

Elevate your feet to let your body fully relax: I elevated my legs on a stack of pillows and let my body relax after a nice cold shower.

Day 2: Magic Kingdom
After running on only 5-6 hours of sleep for the last three nights we decided to take the opportunity to sleep 8 hours last night. It felt amazing!

We arrived at the park at 9:30 am, and met up with family. We took off towards fantasy land and ran around non-stop until hunger struck. We stopped at the new Gaston’s tavern-a cute little quick service area. We enjoyed a pork shank that was to-die-for! Fall off the bone amazing! Then we were off again. Around 3, I needed a break.

Here are my tips-
Run on your own schedule: If you keep sacrificing sleep for park time you put you and your baby’s health and well being at risk. You’ll be too tired to truly enjoy the magic that is Disney. It’s ok to fall behind your group, you can catch up later.

Eat & drink: make sure you are eating enough food, we probably stopped and ate 6 times throughout the day. Stay hydrated, I brought a 100ml hydration pack by Dakine and make sure to finish it all by the end of the day. In the morning I fill it up at our hotel for free. It’ll save you at least $50 on water a day. Yes, at the parks they charge $3 or so for a bottle of water! Bring your own!

Take advantage to rest in the AC buildings. Listen to your body, if you need to stop, stop! Florida heat+tons of walking+being pregnant=a high possibility of overheating, dehydration, or much worse!

Rest frequently for long periods of time throughout the day. Don’t hesitate to just rest your feet on an empty bench for 30-40 minutes. I took a lot of moments to just sit.
Unlike day one, where I only sat during the shows and meals.

My favorite rest break was at a little garden area across the castle during the Celebrate a Dream parade with my mom & hubby! We were able to catch views of the parade while letting our feet breath!

Accept the fact that you can’t keep up with everyone else! This lesson was one I learned from my mom, and It took me a couple days to come to terms with this reality but I’m still learning to adjust to my pregnant body.

We stayed at the park till 7, and then went back to our hotel for the rest of the night. I still didn’t learn from my own tips from day 1 to take a mid day break. I promised myself and my husband last night that we would enact this as a rule. For the other two park days we will leave by 3:30 for a midday break! I’ll keep you all posted to see how it goes!

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Me resting my feet during the parade

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A few pictures from the last two days

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Plan in action!

This weekend, I put my new diet plan into action. I kept my calories under the 1400 calorie count. I thought it was going to be the hardest change I had to make with my diet by far. However, it was a much easier transition then I anticipated.

Friday I went through my diet-

  • I didn’t have enough snacks throughout by day. I’m awake my 5:20 AM, and my first meal is around 7:00 am after I run, and I normally don’t get home until 6:00 PM (Friday schedule only). Throughout the week I’m awake by 5:20 and I don’t get home until 8:30 PM.
  • I didn’t feel hungry at all and actually felt full and satisfied throughout my work day and workout. However, since I finished my snacks at work, I was in a rush to get home after the gym and needed to eat dinner.
  • I needed to re-work my snacks to extend my food throughout my typical work day.
  • My calorie count was at 1296

Saturday I discussed Friday’s food schedule with my trainer

  • My trainer suggested adding carrots as my 11 am snack. Since I still felt full from my 9 am snack.
  • I went grocery shopping and bought key items I needed for the week-
    • Chicken breast
    • Tilapia & cod
    • Old fashion oats
    • Honey
    • Carrots
  • Then we went shopping around town
  • We were out for so long, my family wanted to get something for dinner. I was hesitant at first when they suggested Thai food at Mali Thai, one of my favorite restaurants, and one of my weaknesses. However, they really wanted me to go. I found a great low-fat, low calorie option. I ordered the fresh spring rolls with shrimp.
  • I enjoyed my time spent with family without over indulging. I also brought my snacks so I felt satisfied when I went to Mali Thai. I didn’t feel the need to overeat.
  • I ended the day still at 1307 calories, and eating only 9% fat the entire day!

Sunday we prepped food for the entire week

  • Sunday my husband and cousin enjoyed a lazy day at home watching the show Community! I fell in love with this show. It’s hilarious. We’re barely getting through the first season.
  • We had homemade sweet potato fries & BBQ seasoned chicken for lunch.
  • I made tilapia marinated in Aloha Shoyu (soy sauce) and garlic & honey marinade.
  • I have leftovers for lunch & dinner for 2 days.
  • My plan is to only cook Sunday & Wednesday for the entire week. I’ll let you know how my chicken I made Sunday taste on Tuesday!
  • I ended the day at 1200 calories

It takes much preparation and planning to succeed, but it’s worth it when you know every step you take brings you closer to your ultimate goal!

Las Vegas Recap-Part 2

Day #4-More time on the famous Las Vegas Strip with my cousins

This day began late, as we were all exhausted from our eventful family reunion.

We decided to go to the strip once again, and walk aimlessly as we enjoyed the sights and took pictures along the way. We ended the night iat the Paris Hotel, and took the elevator all the way up to the top, all 46 stories.

The view from the top!

My husband & I-It was crazy windy, and freezing that night, but we still had fun!

Day #5-An early Valentine’s dinner & show

My husband planned this day, and I loved every minute. He whisked me away to one of our favorite restaurants on the strip, The Eiffel Tower Restaurant.

We rode the elevator 11 stories up. As you step out of the elevator you get an open view of the bustling kitchen, seeing everything being made in batches, fresh to order. You can also see walls of the vast wine selection.

Turning the corner you see the bar, facing an amazing view of the strip. You’re then greeted cheerfully and enthusiastically by the staff. We were escorted to our table.

This was our view as the night progressed…

When we first arrived. Around 5:00 PM.

When we first arrived. Around 5:00 PM.

As our appetizer was being served.

As our appetizer was being served.

This was complimentary-Cauliflower soup, to help cleanse the palette.

This was complimentary-Cauliflower soup, to help cleanse the palette.

Warm Maine Lobster Salad, Fingerling Potatoes, Toasted Caraway Seeds

As dinner was being served.

As dinner was being served.


My husband’s main course-Roasted Rack of Lamb, Tomato Tart, Tarragon Ju

My main course-Individual Eiffel Tower Beef Wellington, Sautéed Snap Peas

As we were enjoying our freshly made Soufflés

As we were enjoying our dessert!

Eiffel Tower Soufflé

Freshly made Grand Marnier Soufflés

We were able to see the Bellagio water show numerous times throughout our dinner.

The  The Eiffel Tower Restaurant is definitely one of the best views of not only the strip, but a wonderful place to watch the sunset. Plan to stay at least two hours. Savor every bite. It’s a great way to slow down from the bustle of daily hurried dinners, and a break from rigid schedules.

After our dinner we wandered around the strip until our show started. We watched the Marc Savard-comedy hypnotist show at the V theater in Planet Hollywood.I really enjoyed this show, it’s 100% audience participation, and at our show we had several volunteers. Marc’s personality made show flow smoothly. We enjoyed it and shared several laughs, mainly geared toward the hypnotized audience members!

Infront of the V theater- An extremely entertaining way to end the night!

Day #6-Our final Night

We met up with family for a quick shopping trip. We had to say our goodbyes here, since the remaining cousins left around 4:00 PM, It’s always hard to say goodbye, but we all vowed we would see each other soon. My husband & I took the latest flight possible (9:40 PM). We spent our last hours in Las Vegas with my brother, brother-in-law, sister, and niece.

We walked around the Town Square a beautiful outdoor mall located ten minutes from the airport. We ate dinner at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

And then we had to say  more goodbyes :(!

My husband and I can’t wait to return to Las Vegas again!

I did eat a lot more than I planned, and didn’t workout as scheduled, but I was able to re-connect with family I don’t get to see as often as I would like. We made so many incredible memories, laughed harder than ever, and I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. Sometimes when you go on vacation, your health habits aren’t as perfect as they are at home. The key is to try your best when you’re on vacation, but get back on track once you do return home.

The most important aspect of a vacation is a mental break; something your body & spirit need more of then just exercise and tracking calories. I played major catch-up this week, and I can’t wait to show you the changes I’ve made!