Planned to go to EDC Vegas, bought your tickets and pumped yourself up for months, then a sudden surprise happened? Yup, we are talking about that positive pregnancy test! Lovely little blessings I say. But what do you do if you are pregnant at the Electric Daisy Carnival?
I was in that exact same boat!
My loving boyfriend and I bought our tickets at the beginning of ticket sales. On Christmas eve we found out a baby was on the way. We had no clue what to do! We really wanted to go, but we were so worried about the baby and if I could make it through all three days while still having a good time. Every month we would debate what to do about the tickets, whether to sell them or to just go for it.
We searched through the internet and yet people were so limited on what they would share. Mostly I ended up with people saying such bad things to pregnant women asking about going while pregnant. I mean I understand there can be dangers, but everything has dangers. What I really wanted to hear was about ladies that had gone to EDC while pregnant.
I wanted to know their experiences, not people who have never gone to EDC pregnant or never was with a friend who was pregnant during EDC that just wanted to give their judgment.
Reddit had a few (very few) threads that helped me out though of course there were rude comments that you would have to sift through, but some useful knowledge. Also, I learned from a few family friends who have gone while pregnant a few tips about going while pregnant. Honestly, it is hard to come by good advice for going to a rave, let alone EDC. If you are new to the scene then it makes it even harder to get good advice.
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First things first: Buying the ticket.
So, for most people, we try to go with the cheaper priced ticket because we want the experience the festival, but on a budget. This is what we had already bought and we didn’t know what to do because it would be best for VIP tickets instead. The reason that it is best for VIP tickets is the bathrooms. Easier access to bathrooms is needed when pregnant.
Thankfully, we found out that if we called EDC and told them that I was pregnant we could be upgraded to VIP for free. All we would have to do is go to the Access Center once we checked in with the general tickets and talk to them to have the ticket changed.
Do not ask the front gate because they will not have them, only the access center has them.
This should make it much easier on you while being pregnant because you get access to special perks like easy access bathrooms and the viewing platform where there are seats.
Cool thing is that you can have one companion pass so they are upgraded with you. Your chosen companion will get to be with you on the viewing platform as well, but if there aren’t enough seats for the people who need them then they would have to stand.
Once in EDC Vegas
Now is the time to have fun, but be careful. EDC Vegas is known to have 400,000+ people in attendance, so that means crowds.
Go see the artists you want to see, but the rule of thumb is to stay towards the back or use the viewing platform. I understand that you want to be a part of all the action and you can! Just at a safe distance from mosh-pits and the biggest and most packed section of the crowd.
The speakers will be loud enough!
You are already going to want earplugs and if you need earplugs then think about the baby. Babies hear what we hear, but it is like covering your ears. This means that if you need earplugs, then the baby is also going to hear very loud noises. Standing towards the back of the crowd means you are further from the speakers and that means less chance of hurting the baby’s ears.
Since we are talking about hearing and earplugs I recommend the Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs. They are amazing with sound quality and protection. They basically sound like all you have done was turn the volume down and protect your ears. The hear the music just as it is supposed to be heard.
Another thing about staying back from the crowd is the bathrooms!
So many times you will need to go to the bathroom, that is just pregnancy at its finest.
Do NOT try to hold your bladder for long!
This could cause an infection and trust me you do not want to add a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) to the list of uncomfortable things during EDC. These are not fun at all and you want to enjoy yourself, not feel a burning sensation every time you need to go to the bathroom.
Alright, so you need to go to the bathroom often, but you are up front and there are so many people. Now you are going to have to weave your way through the crowd. Not really an easy task because people are tightly packed. They are in the zone and could be on drugs or have been drinking. Plus, who wants to say “excuse me” that many times?
We all are there to have a good time, so staying towards the back will not only make it easier on you but also less distracting for others.
What causes bathroom breaks? WATER!
Water will become your best friend if it isn’t already! You need to stay hydrated.
I cannot emphasize this enough.
YOU NEED TO STAY HYDRATED!!!!
Las Vegas is hot. Yes, they have changed the date to a month earlier for EDC Vegas 2018 due to previous heat hitting close to 120°F. But 90ºF and then all the bodies dancing and sweating, the lighting, the heat from all the electronics and food trucks all around you will make it hotter. Plus, you have baby’s heat that will add to your temperature. And who knows maybe you will feel up to dancing and your temperature still goes up.
That being said, you will go through a lot of water. It may be sweated out or used and make you have to go to the bathroom. Either way, fluids are important. By that, I do mainly mean water because things like soda (or pop, coke, soda pop, however you say it) will dehydrate you. Not saying that you can’t have these, but just make sure to drink water most of all.
I found it best to have a water pack, that way I could carry things and still be able to have my hands free. Vibedration is my most loved brand of water packs. I love these water packs because they have such amazing designs and if you are going to raves or anywhere and you want to have fun, they have the perfect designs. Honestly, we got ones that would match our outfits like the Galactic Vibedration pack and the Holographic pack, which is shown below.
Go with a friend who is sober.
Another thing I highly suggest is to have someone who is going with you that will not be drinking alcohol. It will make it a lot safer for both of you.
They will be selling alcohol to people 21+ (with ID). This does not mean you should be drinking because remember you are pregnant or maybe it is your friend that is pregnant, either way, don’t drink while you are pregnant. A reason why I highly suggest that you and someone else aren’t drinking is that it reduces the risk of being drugged by a stranger.
Keep all bottles sealed or covered and insight at ALL times.
Yes, EDC has a no drug policy, but it happens still. A lot of people who go to raves or love EDM are such great people and look out for everyone, but it still happens. People have changed, times have changed, but it should always be a precaution that everyone should take.
Whether at a bar, a club, a party, a festival, etc. you do not want to end up having someone putting something in your drink like that girl whose post went viral for a guy dropping a pill in her drink while she wasn’t looking. We never know who may tamper with our drinks.
Being pregnant, you should definitely be aware of what is going into your body because it goes to the baby as well. We don’t want to harm baby with an unknown substance, this also means stay away from drugs that people offer you. Say no to Molly, Ecstasy, etc. these substances have an unknown effect on baby due to almost no research on them for pregnancy.
When in doubt about if something will harm the baby, just say no. That also means Ibuprofen and Advil. Tylenol is okay for most women and is the #1 recommended medication doctors tell women they can take during pregnancy.
I promise that you can enjoy EDC sober!
Do not go on carnival rides.
During pregnancy, we are not supposed to go on roller coasters and rides that will move abruptly, jerk around, go too fast, knock the wind out of us, or give us a tummy-turning feeling. If anything, you could still go on the Ferris wheels to see all of EDC, but I would still suggest not. The reason being is that all of the rides are put up and taken down a lot to be moved from town fairs to festivals, etc. This means that they wear and tear each time they are being put up and taken down. Even though the rides may look fun and your friends may go on them, I wouldn’t trust them enough to go on while carrying a baby.
Hungry, hungry me!
Food is your friend (most of the time after morning sickness is gone) when you are pregnant. During the three days of EDC Vegas, you are going to burn a ton of calories walking around in that heat. Good thing is that they have food trucks and places to get food. You are going to want to eat and eat again later.
Find the food that looks and smells appetizing because our sense of smell is heightened and if something smells bad we won’t want to eat it. I would stay away from dairy products. The thing with most dairy products is that if you get too hot it may feel as though it is curdling in your stomach and make you sick.
Eat smaller portions throughout the day. If you eat large meals then you make get nauseous or feel like you have a food coma and can’t go on with the fun. If you feel that you just need something smaller and lighter maybe go with a smoothie for a snack that has lots of good fruits and/or veggies. Overall, I suggest going with lighter meals.
Always know where the medical tents are!
If you are feeling sick or in any pain, go to the medical tent. These people are wonderful and are there to look out for your health. They do walk around and feel free to stop them if you need help or have a question. Whether you are pregnant or not know that they are there to take care of you, not get you in trouble. If you see someone else that looks like they need help please tell the medical staff. It is better to be safe than sorry for everyone’s health and safety.
Back to being pregnant, if you feel worried about anything going on with your body talk to the medical staff. They may have you sit down and cool off because you may be overheated or maybe you need to eat more or drink more water. They are there to help you with it all. When in doubt about anything I would just go ask them. I prefer to check on my health and wellbeing so that baby can stay healthy as well.
For me, I needed to have some resting times and if you go to EDC Vegas and stay at a hotel you can only get into EDC once per day. There is no re-entry. In 2018, EDC Vegas decided to have a new addition, Camp EDC.
I am so excited about this because my feet always get tired and the best part about camping at Camp EDC is that you can re-enter EDC festival grounds! That means you can go back to your tent or RV at EDC when you get tired for a nice relaxing time and then go back and join in the fun once again.
If you want all the details about Camp EDC, I wrote an entire article about it and you can check it out. The quick rundown about Camp EDC is that there are many amenities and activities that are only available to the campers. Check-in is as early as Thursday night and you can stay until the daytime on Monday. The reason they did this was so that they could control the traffic going in and out of EDC and make it a bit easier for everyone and the locals. Camp EDC has a different entrance into EDC that allows them to go in and out when they please during festival hours. Another cool thing about Camp EDC is that there are some extra performances at the camp center that only the campers can go to.
Camp EDC or a hotel?
I personally would say go to Camp EDC if you can because it will make more sense for a pregnant woman because you can go in and out of EDC when you need to for breaks. They have air-conditioned tents or you can bring your own RV. There are bathrooms and showers all around the camp along with another medical tent. Food trucks and merchandise stores are there as well.
I feel that all of these amenities will be easier to access because there will be fewer people at Camp EDC due to the limited amount of spaces. Some of the activities I am looking forward to while camping is yoga, Kandi making, the body art section, and much more.
If you are going with others, then this may be a great option for all of you as well because you can go back to the tent or RV while they continue experiencing EDC. Once you feel up for the fun again, you can rejoin your group (be prepared by saying when and where you will be somewhere before leaving the group).
–Call about upgrading your general ticket to VIP
–Be prepared and as educated as possible before going. From knowing the maps of EDC, where the medical tents are, where the water refill stations are, etc.
–Stay towards the back of the crowds or be on the viewing platforms.
–Don’t hold your bladder for too long.
–Drink a lot of water! Please stay hydrated.
–Eat food, but in smaller portions and maybe lighter meals.
–Don’t go on carnival rides.
–Go to the medical tents whenever you feel sick or are worried.
–Don’t be afraid to talk to the medical staff.
–Don’t drink alcohol.
–Keep a close eye on all of your drinks.
–Don’t do drugs.
–Don’t push your body too far. Take breaks when you need them.
–Decide what will be better for you: booking a hotel or camping at Camp EDC.
I will be going to EDC Vegas 2018 and yes I am going pregnant! If you are in the same boat, you are not alone because you can come hang out with me. Comment below if you are going to EDC, if you may be going pregnant, or if you have anything else to add to this list.
Again, I tried to put in as much detail as possible for you all and I might have missed something. Let me know if you have any questions or feel I have left something important out.
I look forward to seeing everyone at EDC Las Vegas 2018 and hopefully more to come! Enjoy your time guys and stay safe!