Enjoying a Healthy Holiday Pregnancy
● By Digital Media Director
By: Educated Mommy
Put your feet up! You'll be
invited to holiday parties, you'll be doing your holiday shopping, but it's
important you take time to rest. This time of year can be tiring for anyone and
just plain exhausting when you're pregnant. Get your rest when you can and stay
well hydrated. Drinking plenty of water (most resources suggest 10-15 cups per
day) is vital during pregnancy. Try replacing sugary drinks with a large glass
of water with a fruit infusion for a treat!
Lean on others. While it can be rewarding and fun to plan all the holiday gatherings, let someone else do the work this year! You can offer to help by bringing a dish to share but try to reduce your stress by letting someone else do the entertaining. Close friends and immediate family can help monitor your stress levels for you. Make a specific list of things you need to accomplish this holiday season and ask for help! Making time for relaxation through deep breathing, yoga or even a pre-natal massage will also help you and baby stay healthy during the hectic holidays.
Show your smile. During your pregnancy you'll always receive unsolicited advice and it's inevitable during the holiday season. Try to remember that family and friends offer advice out of love and it’s okay to make parenting decisions that work best for your family. Responses such as “Thanks! We appreciate your care and concern about our baby” or “Thanks! We will ask our care team about that at our next appointment” will acknowledge the suggestion and give you room to make your own choices.
Keep Nutrition a Priority. Vitamins are even more vital this time of year when we sometimes choose less healthy options at get together. If you're attending a party, but aren't sure what's on the menu, eat your meal ahead of time and pack a few healthy snacks in case the options at your destination are limited. Try to avoid indulging in too many sugary snacks, but don’t feel bad for eating a cookie or two!
Coming up with some basic boundaries will help keep you and your baby happy and healthy during the holidays. The most important thing to remember is the real reasons for the holiday season. Celebrate with friends and family and celebrate the new life you've created.