6 ways to enjoy Christmas when pregnant
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but if you’re pregnant, feeling exhausted, nauseous and want to eat your weight in pate and soft cheese it’s not always the easiest. But you can still enjoy the merriment of the festive season, read on to find out how…
Put your feet up
Christmas is a brilliant time to meet up with friends and family, shop, eat and drink. That makes it a hectic time of year; by the end, we’re often exhausted from all the activities. Being pregnant is the perfect reason to put your feet up.
Sit back, relax and do all your Christmas shopping online. Ask your friends and family to visit you this year. Put a box set on or get ready for the Christmas specials and ask a loved one to make you a nice cup of hot chocolate while you take the weight off.
Best of all, if you’re the one who normally does the cooking and/or washing up – this is the perfect excuse not to.
Swap out the cocktails for the mocktails
We know that alcohol is harmful to developing babies but that doesn’t mean you can’t feel part of the party. In recent years, non-alcoholic options have developed considerably, which means we can all enjoy our favourite beverages without the negative side effects of drinking.
From non-alcoholic punch to alcohol-free amaretto sours, there are plenty of festive mocktails you can make. Take a look at these 32 Christmas mocktail recipes.
Embrace maternity fashion
So you can’t fit in your favourite Christmas dress this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be the belle of the ball. There are tons of maternity outfits that will help you feel and look great and you can also opt for more comfortable shoes.
Plus, with the extra stretchiness in your outfit, you can indulge in as much food as you like without worrying about the waistbands!
There’s so much food you can still eat
Whilst there are some foods you should avoid when pregnant there’s still plenty that you can eat. Most of the things on a typical Christmas plate can be enjoyed and so can cakes, biscuits and chocolate.
But, what may help most this Christmas is eating little and often. Give your body the chance to digest smaller meals. It’ll reduce indigestion and heartburn especially with Christmas food being a lot richer.
Get some ZZZs
Whether you’re still working, or you’re on maternity leave, most people take time out over Christmas. This is an excellent opportunity to catch up on some sleep. You’re growing another human inside of you and that takes so much energy.
So if you’re off during Christmas, take some time for yourself and have a lie in. Let those around you help with the chores around the house.
Mark the occasion
If this is your first or your fifth baby, next Christmas will be different as you welcome a new member to your family. If this is your first baby, enjoy this Christmas as the last one as a couple. Perhaps you could buy a special tree decoration or plan a date night and reflect on your memories as a couple.
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