Pregnant at Christmas Time

With the festive season here, whilst you may be excited about the forthcoming arrival of your little one, you may also feel a little glum at the prospect of being the only sober one! But there are many benefits to being pregnant during the festive season …….

This may depend on how far gone you are, but your family are less likely to expect you to run around after them. Enjoy visiting relatives and let them do the hard work of cooking and entertaining while you enjoy a well-earned rest. If baby has already arrived, then this also gives you some time to just enjoy your baby while family and friends provide the meals.

So, the official advice is you shouldn’t be doubling your calorie intake and ‘eating for two’ while pregnant. You will however be burning extra calories making a human so now is the perfect time to enjoy all the delicious food with less guilt. Try and have a balanced diet but also enjoy an extra treat or two. If you’ve had your baby already and are breastfeeding, then you really will need to eat more – again a varied diet is best but enjoy the tasty offerings of the season. To see what foods to avoid during pregnancy click here.

Being pregnant is exhausting and while your partner may have time off over the Christmas Season, now is a good time to enjoy extra rest in bed. Plan your visits to family and friends accordingly but make sure you factor in some rest while you can. If your little one has already made an appearance, then take advantage of there being more hands to help and have a sleep while someone else has a cuddle with your bundle of joy.

Hangover, what hangover?
Make the most of the clear head, while others may not feel so wonderful, you can be smug. Embrace the morning, if you’re not enjoying a lie-in that is, and go for a refreshing walk or if you are feeling up for it, hit the sales and grab a bargain.

Whatever you get up to this Christmas, enjoy yourself and we look forward to sharing more stories with you next year.

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