Parading While Pregnant: Mardi Gras Must Haves for the Expecting Mom


Mardi Gras is a fun time of the year filled with King Cakes, parades and good eats! If you are expecting this Mardi Gras season, you do not have to miss out on the activities (unless recommended by your doctor then by all means, listen to your doctor). If you are in the clear to visit the parades, here are some must haves so you can enjoy yourself, be comfortable and stay safe. 

Couple headed to parade

Wear comfortable shoes 

This will make walking around much easier if your feet are not hurting and causing discomfort.  

Wear comfortable clothes

This season is the perfect time for stretch pants and one-size-up tops! Plus, the extra room will be helpful for all the goodies you might indulge in like King Cake, crawfish, and dirty rice. 

Pack snacks

We all know mama has to eat when and where she is ready, just like our babies will once they arrive.  Pack snacks that will boost your energy and allow you to fight the hunger while waiting for the parades to start. 

Keep a refillable water bottle handy and refill it often

Staying hydrated while parade going is a must, especially if you will be moving around a lot. 

If possible, stay close to a restroom

You will need to take a bathroom break or 5 while waiting for the parade especially if you are drinking lots of water so having a restroom is a must.

Extra point: Some business will be operational during Mardi Gras time.  Most have signs for customer restrooms but will make an exception for an expecting mama.  

Have a lightweight, foldable chair for sitting

These are relatively inexpensive and easy to find.  Believe me when I say having a chair to sit down when your legs get tired will make for a much more enjoyable experience.  Rest when and if you need to. 

Surround yourself with people who will be mindful of your growing bump and keep you out of harms way

This seems like a no-brainer but sometimes it’s easy to get wrapped up in the celebration and forget.  This is especially important with crowd control and the bursting excitement once the floats start rolling and the throws are flying through the air. Your safety and the safety of your baby comes first. 

Have a safe and wonderful Mardi Gras Season! 

Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler!!

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Megan is a native of Delisle, Mississippi. Megan and her husband, Shane, enjoy being millennial parents to school age boys, Aiden and Talen. This family is growing and anticipating the arrival of a new baby boy in July! When she is not spending time with her family, she is a corporate administrator by trade. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education. She is a blogger, content creator and MOMpreneuHER. She has been a contributor to GCMB for two years. She has a passion for inspiring and encouraging others to be the best they can be!