5 Tips For Enjoying The Holidays While Pregnant

The holidays are a wonderful time to get together with friends and family to commemorate traditions, whether they be cultural, religious, or national. Although it’s often thought of as the most joyous time of the year, the holidays can also be one of the most stressful. Add in growing a baby, and the mere thought of festivities may be enough to overwhelm you!

Enjoying The Holidays While Pregnant

Between holiday parties, gatherings, and traditions, hanging onto your sanity can be tough this time of year. Don’t let the stress spoil your holiday fun— Kernodle OB/GYN is here to help. Continue reading to learn some simple ways to manage stress during the holidays and enjoy yourself without sacrificing your health or happiness.

1. Plan Ahead

The holidays can be stressful regardless of whether you’re growing a new life or not. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists suggests if you’re traveling far from home, especially by plane, you should book a prenatal checkup before you leave. It’s recommended that women past 36 weeks of pregnancy shouldn’t fly or travel too far from home. Some ways to plan ahead for traveling during the holidays while pregnant include making frequent stops, wearing comfortable clothes and shoes, eating regular meals, and ensuring you have lodging all figured out.

2. Prioritize Rest

Sleep is an essential factor in anyone’s over well-being. Pregnant women are at the top of that list. In fact, women who are pregnant need extra rest, and most doctors recommend eight to ten hours of sleep per night. Don’t be afraid to set healthy boundaries around leaving times and bedtime. Ensure you are prioritizing rest, taking naps, and slowing down to make time for yourself and your growing baby. 

3. Commit To Healthy Habits

The holidays are often associated with lots of wonderful food to be shared among friends and family. Foods to include in your diet for the holidays while pregnant include fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, lentils, beans, fish, and water. Foods to steer clear of until having your baby include raw or undercooked foods, unpasteurized cheese and deli meats, eggnog, and alcohol. If you think the food at a gathering won’t be pregnancy-friendly, consider eating before to ensure a balanced and nutritious meal. And remember, moderation is key. Try to strike a healthy balance between festive treats and nutritious snacks. 

4. Savor The Time 

If this is your first time being pregnant, that means this is your last chance to enjoy the holidays without the responsibility of a little one. Enjoy the uninterrupted time with family and friends and savor the moments that will soon turn into fond memories. Consider taking a step back and reciting what you’re grateful for this year, as your world is about to change! 

5. Ask For Help

Being pregnant is one thing, going through the holidays while pregnant is a whole other ballgame. The gatherings, shopping, and stress of festivities can leave you feeling run down and stripped of all holiday joy. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities of the holidays, consider creating a support system from your family and friends. If you’re having trouble wrapping presents or shopping, consider asking someone to come help you. A little help goes a long way!

The excitement of the holiday season can also be accompanied by stress, especially if you’re expecting a baby during this joyful time. If you have questions about pregnancy or are looking for more pregnancy tips, contact your gynecologist. Kernodle OB/GYN provides full-scope individualized women’s health care, including gynecological care, midwifery services, and low- and high-risk maternity care for women and their families. To learn more about our services or more about enjoying the holidays while pregnant, request an appointment today.

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