Being pregnant at this time of the year means you have different priorities to others celebrating this joyous season. But that’s okay, as this is a special time in your life! And let’s face it – you now have an excuse to not attend every party or dinner date! Whether it’s avoiding the alcohol or watching that you don’t overeat, here are a few tips to make your festive season a fun and relaxed one too:
#1 Make this festive season break about you – This may be the last time you will get to spoil yourself to some “me time” before baby arrives. After the birth, baby will be your main focus. So spend this time doing what matters to you.
#2 Sleep, sleep and more sleep – It’s not easy getting the best night’s sleep with all the bathroom runs, and it won’t be once baby is born either. Make the most of the holidays and lie on the couch, put your feet up, sleep under a tree or skip that festive braai for a snooze.
#3 Tackle your to-do list early – Remember, your energy levels are not the same as always and neither is your patience. Avoid the mad rush and crowds and get your Christmas shopping done early. Do it in stages too so you don’t spend the whole day in a shopping centre busting off crowds of shoppers. Online shopping may be a good option for you too.
#4 Holiday help – The rest of your family and friends should be on holiday by now. Get them help you out. Take a back seat at decorating the house and get your partner to climb the ladder to put the Christmas lights out.
#5 Toss the heels – If you are attending your end-of-year office function please don’t wear sky-high heels. You don’t need to impress anyone. Pop on a pair of flats and a loose fitting dress and you’ll be the happiest.
#6 – Prepare your own platter and enjoy every mocktail – If you are invited out, offer to bring a platter. That way you can make sure you put everything you can eat on it. When it comes to drinking, don’t feel left out. Take advantage of the mocktail options on the menu. This is also a good way to disguise the fact that you aren’t “really” drinking if its still early stages of your pregnancy and you haven’t told anyone yet.