Once I determined to take a particular mother-daughter journey earlier than child #5 arrived on the scene this summer season, I had just a few selections to make on the place to go. Clearly, Disney would have been a well-liked selection and maybe Common proper behind it, however at 5 months pregnant with a fifth youngster, I simply wasn’t feeling as much as navigating the chaos of Disney alone.
Disney takes time, you recognize, and prep and simply the correct amount of vitality and build-up behind it and whereas that’s all effectively and good, this simply wasn’t the correct journey for it. As a substitute, this journey was a bit spur-of-the-moment and I actually wished it to be extra relaxed and low-key. And with me flying solo, I wanted a spot the place I felt snug to experience a number of the rides or have extra pregnant-friendly actions.
When the choice of SeaWorld got here up, I spotted that it instantly felt excellent–the park felt very manageable to deal with alone pregnant, because it’s actually the proper dimension to cowl in a day (not too huge, not too small), it provided loads of choices to take a seat down and relaxation and watch a present, and simply all the cool, clear water felt refreshing to my already-aching physique. Plus, I knew that if I acquired lonely, I might go hang around with Shamu, since we have been primarily wanting like the identical physique sort these days (ha!).
However actually, I did some analysis and located that loads of pregnant girls reported that SeaWorld was actually an incredible trip vacation spot throughout being pregnant, so I used to be all about it. I instantly booked tickets, together with the dolphin encounter, as a result of hi there, in fact, I wished to be a magical mermaid and swim with dolphins and they might in all probability love me much more as a result of I used to be pregnant and sure, I had visions of me gliding round SeaWorld carried by dolphins, however I digress.
The climate ended up being as near my worst nightmare as potential once I’m pregnant, topping effectively over 90 levels with full solar and nary a breeze in sight, however hey, it is Florida, so you need to count on that. And I’ll say that I want I had been smarter about my selection of footwear as a result of I simply wore gentle sandals and girls, they have been positively not supportive sufficient, so if you happen to go to SeaWorld whereas pregnant on my recommendation, select accountable, supportive footwear, please! My ft have by no means damage so dangerous as they did by the tip of the night time..
Nonetheless, these two issues apart, SeaWorld was the proper selection for a being pregnant trip vacation spot, primarily as a result of 1) the whole lot simply felt low-key and relaxed and a couple of) there was a lot to do this did not contain screaming on rollercoasters, from walk-up points of interest to reveals to the air-conditioned aquariums (ahhhh). I used to be in a position to experience just a few of the rides, which was nice. You possibly can take a look at a full accessibility guide on SeaWorld’s page, however primarily, I can provide the rundown:
- There are three predominant rollercoasters at SeaWorld, that for apparent causes, you may’t experience in case you are pregnant. However they’re all simple to attend consistent with your youngster, if you would like, and exit earlier than getting on the experience.
- There are two water rides that I would not advocate except you particularly clear them along with your physician, as a result of they’re form of jerky and have an enormous drop with a bar in your stomach. I thought of attempting them, however ultimately, I simply did not really feel snug taking the danger.
- The rides I have been in a position to experience included the SkyTower, paddleboat rides (a further payment), the Antartica penguin experience (for what it is price, “gentle” means no spinning, “wild” provides spinning and you may completely deal with the spinning pregnant, except you are feeling pukey), and the Wild Arctic helicopter simulator.
Rides apart although, the primary purpose I beloved SeaWorld a lot was, hands-down, the reveals. I truthfully did not go into SeaWorld with any actual expectations, as a result of I hadn’t heard that a lot about it, however I used to be completely blown away by the reveals. A good friend really useful we take a look at the dolphin and killer whale reveals–and he or she was proper. They have been actually wonderful and for my part, significantly better than attempting to squeeze onto a experience. I made positive to take a seat within the “splash zone” too so I acquired some being pregnant cooling-off time.
And if you happen to’re not satisfied but, let me simply let you know this one final essential reality: the perfect hand-dipped ice cream within the park with the perfect waffle cones is positioned simply close to the doorway/exit, so after a protracted day within the solar and in your ft, an enormous cookie dough ice cream on a waffle cone simply is likely to be the perfect being pregnant deal with of your life.