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10 Ways to Make the Most of the Holiday Season When You’re Expecting!

December 2, 2012

The holidays can be a whirlwind under any circumstances. When you’re pregnant, the season can feel a little overwhelming. Take a look at our tips for surviving, and enjoying, the season.

1. Sleep. While your social schedule might heat up around the holidays, many peoples’ work schedules slow down a bit. Sleep in and come in at 9:30 during that week between Christmas and New Year’s. Relish the extra days off, and get some much-needed relaxation in!

2. Eat. Who cares if you can’t have a mug of eggnog this year? While we recommend a healthy diet throughout your pregnancy, giving in to some of your cravings can be fun at holiday parties. Have a few cookies or a mug of cider. Take a second helping of whatever is on the menu on New Year’s.

3. Skip holiday cards. Unless you really love sending out cards each year, you may want to skip them this time around. They add a lot of stress to your already busy schedule. And just think: next year’s cards can include a photo of your family with its newest member!

4. Accept invitations selectively. There are certain parties you don’t want to miss. And there are others you attend out of a feeling of obligation. This year, don’t wear yourself out trying to attend every event offered to you.

5. Leave early. You finally have a great excuse to slip out early and get a good night’s sleep when you start feeling exhausted at the end of an evening of socializing. Use it!

6. Buy a great dress. If your belly has expanded and nothing fits, find one foolproof and festive dress you love that fits your new shape. You’ll feel comfortable and photogenic.

7. Keep your blood sugar steady. Indulging in sweet treats at parties is fun, but remember to balance out these snacks with nuts and other foods with fiber and protein. This will keep your blood sugar in control and your energy levels stable.

8. Ask for something special. Pretty soon, most of the gifts your family buys will be for your new baby. Ask your partner for a special gift this year; maybe something you’ve had your eye on that will make you feel spoiled and special during such an exciting time.

9. Buy baked goods. Did you promise to bring dessert to a holiday dinner? Feel free to bake to your heart’s content, but if you’re not feeling up to it, buy something delicious from a bakery with pretty packaging.

10. Keep the traditions you love, but skip those you don’t. Indulge in all of the socializing, gift-giving, games, and traditions you like. But if there are a few parties, groups of friends, or family routines you’re not fond of, feel free to opt out and save your energy!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season during a year when you have so much to celebrate! Just keep your energy up, give yourself a break, and relax. The holidays can be stressful even when you’re not pregnant, so take extra care this year to pace yourself.

Photography courtesy of Flickr.

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