Christmas can be extra-magical when you’re pregnant, but it can also make you feel very restricted. It’s also no fun when you’re experiencing those nasty side effects such as constantly feeling nauseous, uncomfortable and generally run-down.
The good news is, there are ways to make your Christmas more enjoyable when you’re pregnant. You don’t need to feel down and restricted! Here, you’ll discover 10 great ways to make sure you enjoy your Christmas pregnancy.
1. Be Honest About What You Can Handle
Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year; particularly when it comes to social engagements. While it’s always nice to see friends and family, when you’re pregnant it can become a little too much. You get tired quickly, which can result in you feeling extremely run down. So, it’s important to be realistic about how many social engagements you can attend. Learning to say no to people may be difficult, but it’s essential for you and baby.
It’s not just social engagements you need to consider either. Depending upon how far along in your pregnancy you are, you could also struggle with cooking a full Christmas dinner. Enlist help if you need to and do as much preparation in advance as you can.
2. Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals
While you may be excited by all of the delicious, tempting Christmas food, it’s important not to over-indulge. Obviously, you should indulge a little (it is Christmas after all), but if you go overboard you could end up feeling terrible, your chances of heartburn will increase and it’s not healthy for you or your baby.
So, the best thing to do to remain comfortable and still enjoy Christmas food, is to eat smaller, more frequent meals. This provides the body with plenty of time to digest everything, reducing your risk of indigestion and also encouraging you to eat less and avoid too much weight gain.
3. Let Go Of Your Expectations
It’s a good idea to let go of any expectations you may have this Christmas. Sure, it can still be magical, but don’t expect to be able to do everything you’d usually do – especially if you’re late in the pregnancy. Even if you’re just in the first trimester, you could end up suffering from nasty side effects such as nausea, so it’s best not to plan anything for the big day.
Let go of those expectations and simply take the day as it comes. It’s just one day and this time next year, you’ll be spending your first Christmas with baby.
4. Ensure You Take Regular Breaks
Taking regular breaks is crucial regardless of what stage you’re at in the pregnancy. You’re bound to become exhausted quickly carrying a little person inside you. So, taking regular breaks to just breathe and take care of yourself is essential.
The last thing you need is to get overly stressed out and burnt out so don’t feel guilty for taking a little time out throughout the day.
5. Switch To Mocktails
You may not be able to drink cocktails, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the fruity taste! Mocktails are a fantastic alternative to cocktails and there’s literally hundreds you can try out. They’ll help you to get into the festive spirit and not feel too left out if others are drinking around you.
While it’s safe to consume a little alcohol during pregnancy, the exact amount that is deemed safe is unknown. Therefore, it’s best to avoid alcohol completely until baby is born.
6. Treat Yourself To A New Christmas Outfit
Christmas is an awesome excuse to get dressed up. Just because you’re pregnant, it doesn’t mean you can’t get glammed up for the day. A new, luxurious outfit will make you feel amazing. Just make sure it’s stretchy and designed with pregnant women in mind!
Worrying about spending too much money on yourself when you’ve got a baby to provide for? You don’t have to spend a fortune on a new dress – there’s plenty of bargains to be had online.
7. Learn How To Control Your Morning Sickness
If there’s one thing which could threaten to ruin Christmas Day when you’re pregnant, it’s morning sickness. However, did you know that with a plan, you can minimize the chance of developing morning sickness, as well as successfully manage it?
Try to ensure in the lead-up to the big day, all meals and snacks are eaten on a specific schedule. Maintaining a regular regime will lessen the chances of nausea. It’s equally as important to maintain a good sleeping schedule. Too little sleep can also make morning sickness worse.
Of course, you can also try out natural remedies for morning sickness such as eating ginger biscuits or drinking ginger tea.
8. Take Advantage Of Online Shopping
The wonders of technology mean you can now shop for practically anything you need from the comfort of your own home. So, why not lower your stress levels and take advantage of online shopping? You won’t have to face the crowds or worry about spending hours walking around, trying to find the perfect presents. Shopping online can be invaluable for pregnant women.
9. Get Some Extra Sleep
As mentioned earlier, not getting enough sleep can contribute to morning sickness. However, it can also increase your stress levels too. You’re likely to be much more tired at Christmas so don’t be afraid to get some extra sleep.
Enjoy a lie in, have little naps if you get tired throughout the day. This will really help you to recharge your batteries and reduce the side effects pregnancy can bring.
10. Embrace The Magic
Above all else, don’t forget to embrace the magic of Christmas! Remind yourself that next year you’ll have your precious miracle there with you. There’s lots to love about Christmas time so don’t forget to embrace it.
These are 10 of the best tips to ensure you enjoy a Christmas pregnancy. As you can see, the day doesn’t have to be stressful and there are ways you can enjoy it without alcohol and overindulging in food.