5 Tips For Navigating The Holidays When Pregnant
Having your first holiday season while pregnant can be both joyous and overwhelming at the same time. While it’s a great time to celebrate this new beginning with your friends and family, it can be different from previous holidays!
Here are some tips to help you navigate the holiday season while pregnant.
1. Plan things ahead of time
Being pregnant can sometimes mean you’re not always able to run last-minute errands like you used to.
It might be a good idea to plan your holiday to-do list ahead of time. Make a list of things that need to be done; shopping, sending out holiday cards, packing if you’re traveling, etc. this will give you time to complete the tasks without having to rush anything.
Planning ahead of time will also help you figure out your health needs as well. You can always schedule a prenatal appointment before the holidays to ensure everything is okay with you and the baby.
2. Don’t hesitate to ask for help
While pregnancy doesn’t necessarily limit you in many ways, it’s okay if you feel overwhelmed and need a little help getting along with your holiday prep.
Shopping for gifts, groceries, or even sending out cards can feel a little strenuous whether you’re pregnant or not. So if you feel like you can’t manage everything, make sure to ask your family and friends for help.
There is no harm in wanting to relax during the holidays; you deserve it.
3. Remember to eat healthily
Holidays are a season to indulge, no doubt. But take care of yourself while you partake in the festivities. Remember to avoid foods that tend to make you sick; like food that’s too oily or spicy.
Be mindful of the amount of sugar you’re consuming! Pregnancy-related diabetes is increasingly common and can be partially attributed to unmonitored sugar consumption.
With all the homemade cookies and chocolates around you, it’s easy to lose track of your diet, but remember, you’re sticking to a healthy diet for two people this time!
4. Opt for mocktails
Speaking of indulging, drinks are a big part of holiday festivities! Champagne, fine wine, spiked eggnog, and whatnot. It can be easy to feel like you’re missing out.
But there are plenty of drinks you can enjoy as a pregnant woman. Opt for non-alcoholic eggnog, mocktails, juices, and also iced tea! Search the options ahead of time, so you don’t have to suffer through the FOMO.
5. Carry your health records if you plan to travel
As mentioned above, visit your healthcare provider before the holidays.
If you plan to travel, keep a record of all your updated health records. Pregnancy can be an unpredictable time. If you need medical assistance while you’re away for the holidays, it helps to have your records in case they need any information.
That said, ‘tis the season to celebrate! So don’t fret too much; enjoy this time and make sure to document everything with pictures and mementos. Give us a call if you have any questions, and Happy holidays!