Four Ways to Enjoy the Holiday Season When You’re Pregnant
The upcoming holiday season must make you feel extra excited when you are pregnant. You will have a lot of things to pay attention to during the holidays because it not only facilitates a more enjoyable holiday but can also be good for your baby. So what do you need to do during the holidays? Let’s get started!
#1: Avoid Over-Scheduling
From Christmas to New Year is the busiest time of the year. You might have friends you have not seen for a long time, and there are so many family parties or celebratory gatherings with colleagues. Presumably, your social life before pregnancy was pretty busy, but the situation is different now. If you get tired of the upcoming parties and are in desperate need of a night off, remember you don’t have to say “yes” to every invitation you receive. You only need to pick the ones you really want to attend. Please make sure to have at least one night free each weekend. Growing a baby is tiring work, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
#2: Make Changes to Your Social Life
Having a child changes your life. But there is one thing you may not have thought about: pregnancy will affect your friendships, especially with those who may not be in the same life stage. After all, your mind at this moment is concentrated on things like diapers, strollers, and lots of other things unique to pregnancy.
Once you are pregnant, you may now find out who your “real friends” are. They are people who are interested in the new addition. Even if they don’t have their own children, you can feel their concern about your baby. For those friendships that aren’t flowing as naturally and require a lot more effort, you might gradually move them over to the “acquaintance” column. Also, you’ll want “mom friends.” You’ll want to make friends with people who know what you are experiencing. Don’t be afraid to make new friends at parks, baby classes, or local parenting groups; you will learn a lot about the pregnancy experience from them.
#3: Eat Wisely
Chances are you’ll soon be gathering with friends and family to enjoy a holiday feast. With an abundance of casseroles and tasty sweets, it can be a challenge to eat a balanced meal and watch your calories during the holidays. We’ve taken some classic dishes and stacked them up to help you determine smarter, healthier food choices for you and your baby.
- Christmas Cookie Showdown:
Depending on the size of the cookie, a single cookie is around 10-12 grams. So, when faced with your in-law’s cookie tray, grab one or two of the smaller sugar cookies to do the least damage and enjoy!
- Peppermint Paradise:
A single candy cane is 1/3 the size of a Peppermint Pattie. If you can keep yourself to just a single serving, you are certainly better off going with the candy cane.
- Fruit n’ Cake Faceoff:
While fruitcake is packed full of nuts, giving it a clear advantage from a protein perspective, the upside-down pineapple cake is lower in calories, carbs, and fat.
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#4: Be Honest – Prioritize yourself and your growing baby
Enjoying Christmas while you’re pregnant requires a strong sense of borders: what will you do and what you will not do? This is also the moment you need to be honest with yourself. Can you cook food the same way you did in the past? Is travel the best choice for you and your changing body?
Be honest. What do you really want to do? Write it down and talk to your family, but no matter what you do, be honest.
Once your holiday boundaries are determined, share them with your partner. See if you need to make changes and new plans, depending on the situation. Communicate your ideas and plans to the extended family and go from there.
My advice for resolving the morning sickness problem during the holidays is to make a plan. Regiment your meal and snack times and keep your eating and sleeping rhythms as consistent as possible. Bring your favorite snacks, go out for fresh air, and keep a bottle of lemon essential oil in your pocket. Other bits of advice include drinking ginger, eating something sour, taking vitamin B6, and drinking plenty of water.
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