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Pregnancy and the Holidays: What to Expect

Sometimes it can seem like there’s no convenient time to be pregnant—there’s always some trip, some party, or some special event you feel like you’re missing out on. But you can learn to enjoy whatever season you’re in while you’re dealing with weird cravings and swollen feet! Keep reading for some tips to help you survive the holiday season. 

Make It About You

The best way to enjoy a busy holiday season while pregnant is to slow down. Growing your baby is your number one priority, and your friends and family should be more than on board with that. They’ll understand when you have to go easy on the parties, group shopping trips, and long-distance travel. 

Especially if this is your first baby, take some time to focus on you and your quality time with friends and family—next year, it’ll be all about your little one! Treat yourself to all of your favorite holiday activities, as long as they aren’t too strenuous. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Indulge

It’s all too easy to give into every obligation the holidays throw at you, which can leave you constantly running around trying to attend every party and family gathering—but more than anything, you need rest right now. Even more, be intentional with your rest. Let your family and friends know when you’re going to lie down so you won’t be disturbed. 

Sure, you’ll have to skip the spiked eggnog, but don’t be afraid to indulge in some tasty mocktails and delicious desserts. While you still need a healthy, balanced diet, don’t stress too much about calories for a little bit. Of course, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water! 

Ask for Help when You Need It

All of your loved ones want you to feel your best, and they want you to take care of yourself and your little one. A huge part of taking care of yourself is letting others help you. Of all the times in life to take a backseat with holiday chores, it’s now. If you feel guilty sitting on the couch the entire time, you can help a little! Just take frequent breaks. 

Running yourself ragged trying to help with all the things you usually help with simply won’t do anyone any good. Your body is going through a lot, no matter where you are in your pregnancy—don’t feel bad if you can’t do everything you did last year.

Start Early on in the Season

Even if you’re planning to take it easy, there’s a lot to do around the holidays. There are gifts to buy and wrap for loved ones, and trees to put up and string with lights. You might have to get ready to host friends or family, or someone else is hosting and you’re prepping for holiday travel—there’s a lot to do. 

The key to a stress-free holiday season is to start early. Start buying gifts as early as you can, and take your time wrapping them. Have some friends help you clean, decorate, and cozy-ify your home. Plan for travel well in advance. 

Anything that you can do to minimize your stress will help you have a relaxing holiday season—and you can focus on the excitement of having another person in your family next season!

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