The holidays wear on the best of us, but if you've got more in the oven than just a pie, then it's a good idea to take it easy this season. I've come up with six tips for expecting mommies to keep themselves sane, and their babies healthy, during all the festivities. They are:
- Ask for help. Many women have a hard time asking for help, especially when they are trying to get everything just right for their bundle of joy's arrival. You can do it all yourself when you're not growing life inside of you, now is not the time to deny assistance. If someone offers to make dinner, accept it.
- Just say no. I don't know what it is about the holidays that makes us feel like we need to do it all, but if you're expecting, taking on too much is going to wear on you (and your lil one). So say no to events and tasks that can be avoided. Will you bake cupcakes to gift everyone in the office? No, thank you.
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- Keep up with your nutrition. It's easy to let go of your good eating habits during the holidays, but this is the time most of us, especially those who are pregnant, need to focus on our nutrition the most. A diet deficient in vitamins and minerals will drain your energy and it's not healthy for your developing fetus.
- Count your Zzzs. Sleep is essential for any mama-to-be. Make sure that through all the festivities, you are getting enough sleep, and don't be afraid to excuse yourself for a nap here and there.
- Hang up your Supermom cape. Seasoned moms who are expecting need to remember that you don't have to always be Supermom. Enlist Superdad, or Supergrandma, to take over some of the holiday shopping, cooking, and decorating.
- Make a list and check it twice. Between hormones and to-do's, it can be hard for a mama-to-be to keep her wits about her, especially during the holidays. Make lists to keep everything in check, but don't stress if you can't complete everything — aim to do the most important items first.