Having a little human being living and growing inside you can eat up lots of your energy and enthusiasm – in fact, it can totally drain any pregnant mommy of her vigor at times when it’s least expected. If you’re one of those pregnant women this year, you probably already know how even a short walk from the bedroom to the kitchen can flush all the wind out of you. It’s harder during the holidays, even if you’re one of the most balanced and even-keeled pregnant women ever. Add in a few dozen pregnancy hormones playing up to the mixture, and we’re headed for big trouble. With Christmas and New Years on its way, we thought it would be the perfect time to share our top holiday survival tips with the pregnant girls out there! These will make it much easier to get through the chaos and madness that comes with the holiday season.
- Chill, cut down, and relax! This should be the first and foremost on your thing at the moment. Cut your ‘to-do’ list into a quarter. All your cookies don’t need to be homemade from scratch. While you’re running from one store to another and popping into a dozen friends’ homes, do not forget to just sit down and catch your breath. Amongst the millions of holiday chores on your mind, take out some time to ‘chill,’ even if it’s just lying back in the car for a few seconds.
- Eat frequently and eat healthy. While hopping from one holiday party to the next, try nibbling on some crackers to keep away that morning sickness, which you must have realized by now, does not happen exclusively in the morning. Eat mini meals at regular intervals throughout your day, instead of scarfing down a heavy holiday dinner meal. You will thank us for this tip when that heartburn stays away next morning. Heartburn can be very bad during pregnancy.
- Be nice to yourself. This holiday is a fantastic opportunity to adopt some proper self-care routines. You’ve got time on your hands. Make use of it and set some health boundaries. Healthy Mom= Healthy Family. Furthermore, you will want to show your children the best way to take care of their health and body.
- Be selective when choosing which celebration parties to attend. Try to only accept that invitation that really matters to you. This will allow you to fully enjoy the occasion and prevent you from ending up burnt out. For the invites that you do give a nod to, keep your activities at bay and don’t overexert yourself. For example, rather than being worried about whether you’ll hurt your hosts’ emotions by taking your leave a few hours earlier than expected, remind yourself that your primary priority is to take care of you and your baby. In fact, even if the celebrations are being held at your own residence, feel free to put up your feet for a while. Instead of you waiting on the others, let them serve you.
- Say ‘yes’ to help. One of the most harmful assumptions of motherhood is the myth that ‘I need to be able to do everything by myself. It’ll show that I’m weak if I ask for help.” Believing in and acting according to this myth will build on your postpartum depression. Make it a habit to accept help. It’s good and healthy, and most definitely not any sign of weakness.
- Develop ‘temporary thick skin’ for your baby’s sake. Give your mind and body’s comfort precedence over what people think when it gets too tough. As you attend a number of holiday parties during this season, you will meet up with friends and relatives that might have not spoken to you in months or even years. It may be Great Aunt Edna who’s got an unbeatable habit of passing nasty comments. Simply ignore such comments, instead of getting worked up over it. The extra stress and tension is really something you can do without while pregnant.
- Gift Giving (with some extra thoughtfulness). A number of guests feel unusual walking into a holiday gathering without a gift. If you’re a member of that club, why don’t you bring in some sparkling juice to the party, rather than an alcoholic beverage you won’t be able to enjoy?
- Accept Support. With the holiday and hormones teamed up, your mood will shift gears from happy to depressed in seconds. Fight of this emotional rollercoaster by seeking and accepting the help you need – whether it’s personal or professional. Pay some visits to a certified therapist if you think they’ll be able to help you clear up the rough times you’re facing. Don’t be shy. If your ups and downs in mood are interfering with your regular activities, maybe the best choice to be made for both you and your baby’s sake is consultation with a health practitioner that you can place your trust in. It may be anxiety or pre-natal depression that you’re dealing with. Such conditions do require treatment although not always medicines. It could just be a concrete action plan to help you get back into your shoes again.
- Glamour up! Someday, you’ll again fit into that sexy formal glittery gown on New Year’s. For the time being, enjoy the pregnant glow no one else at the party’s got. Celebrate the growth (it means you’re well and healthy). Go out shopping and don’t be afraid to splurge on a dress that makes you feel beautiful and confident. Show off your gorgeous baby bump through a loose flowing or tight fitting top!
What’s your top holiday tip for pregnancy? What’s that one thing that gets you right through the holiday blues? Leave us a glimpse of your thought in the comment section below.