Pregnancy and Amusement Parks
Most of the time when you ask pregnant women if they want to go to an amusement park, you get a look that could kill. I was a pregnant woman who LOVED going to amusement parks. That was because I knew I wasn’t going to stand in those long lines, just to keeping someone company. I was going because love being at the park. I appreciate things that most people wouldn’t blink an eye at.
Now first, make sure you DO avoid the rides that say “DO NOT ride while pregnant!” I know you want your adrenaline rush, but there is a reason why those signs are posted. Your blood pressure rises on these rides, which isn’t good for your child. The other reason why is the restraints, which may normally rest on your lap, now come down on your belly. To lock you in securely, it can be to much stress on the child.
So, why be excited to go to an amusement park when you can’t ride rides? My home park is Kings Island. Going that often, I don’t really take in the small details. So my advice, just walk the park, take a look at the flowers and trees. Sit down and listen to the sounds the park offers, there is more than just noise. Go see some shows that you have always been too busy to see.
There are a few rides at my home park that I can go on when pregnant, the carousel, the train and the Eiffel tower. Many parks have a dark ride, we have Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, which is no trouble for a pregnant woman. Check the park website, many have detailed descriptions and precautions so you can make sure you are capable of riding.
I am sure you might be wondering about the waterpark. Now that may seem like a great idea, but then again there are precautions that must be taken into consideration. Like thrill rides, most waterslides have the same warnings. Float in the wave pool or hang out in the lazy river, unless there are warning signs for pregnant women. You might also take this time to rent out a cabana for yourself or your group. It is a great way to spoil yourself while everyone else is doing his or her own thing!
The park website and the ride attendant might be able to help explain the ride conditions. But they know the ride, not the conditions and risks of your pregnancy. I’d only trust your doctor to tell you if you can on a certain slide or ride that offers any physical thrill. Go ahead and ask them at your next check-up.
- Stay hydrated and do not over do it!
- Do the majority of your park exploring and walking in the early hours, when it is cooler
- Have a plan for shade during the hotter hours, (cabana, wave pool, live shows or shopping!)
- Before any trip, talk to your doctor. Explain the activities you’re considering.
- Plan well, have gear and helpers available. Work a path around the park strategically.
- Get someone else to lift that stroller.
- Have fun! This is a special time. Get a photo of yourself with baby-on-the-way in front of the park sign. Maybe your child will end up a Park Hacker too!
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