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Baby Bump: Pregnant Survival Tips For the Holidays

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.


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MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I did a lot during the holidays last year, but nothing I didnt have the energy for. I was due Jan 1st, though I gave birth Dec 18th. For the most part, it was fine for me for several reasons. I have no other children, so there were no responsibilities past my own needs. Secondly, i just opted out of all of the preperations. I was basically one of The Little Red Hen's kids. I enjoyed everything at my parents house, and did nothing work wise. I quit my job at 8 months becuase I was having issues passing out. Standing at a hot stove was the easiest way to hit the floor. All of the stuff we usually do before christmas was great, family dinners, decorations, holiday activities, christmas movies, etc, but i admit i didnt participate in the actual Christmas day last year. I was there, but I was a zombie becuase our newborn spent the entire week of Christmas and then some in the NICU, and its just hard to be cheerful in that situation.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 8 years
Heheh, nice words of advice. Being 35 weeks pregnant over Christmas, I have come to accept certain limitations and realities. This year, we're going out to eat for Christmas dinner. I know that I'm not up for spending a day cooking and a night cleaning. So, for practically the same amount of money as we'd end up spending on Christmas dinner, we can enjoy a nice meal at a local prime rib house. Works for me. I think its is really about being realistic about what you're comfortable with at this point in your pregnancy. Yah, ask for help - but not everyone is fortunate enough to have people to ask or willing partners to share the load. Be willing to accept somethings you wouldn't otherwise accept. A less decorated Christmas tree, that's fine. Not 100% of the holiday decorations around the house - does it really matter? Running about 2-3 loads of laundry behind, you'll eventually have time to catch up. I try to remind myself of these things. I work hard at my job, I raise my 4 year old son, and when I get home, sometimes the priorities are different being hugely pregnant and over the holidays. I think about the fact that when I die, what will my family remember more - a spotless house or the time spent with them. Pregnant or not, we have to strike a balance all throughout the year.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I think it's good advice year-round and regardless of reproductive status. If you don't feel up to it, say no. Take care of yourself and your family, don't try to do it all.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i had 3 february babies and never felt the need to take it easy over the holidays. actually, since i knew i'd be increasing my workload soon i did more around the holidays than usual. guess i felt better toward the end, at the start it was all :sick:
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I was very pregnant at the holidays last year (couldn't travel) and it was hard for me to say "no" and compromise on the things I normally would do. But I did and in the end bought fewer/easier gifts and a let go of a few other things. I figured I had a good excuse!
Aphrosette Aphrosette 8 years
if only it were all this easy....what about when hubby is a "yes" person, even if you are a "no" person???
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