From Thanksgiving dinner to holiday parties with family and friends, this season is a time of celebration. And if you’re pregnant this year, you have even more cause to celebrate.
It’s no secret that being pregnant means you have to give yourself some extra care, but that’s often easier said than done during the busy holiday season. This year, make time for yourself and enjoy the holidays as you prepare to welcome a new baby into the world.
At OB-GYN Associates of Marietta in Marietta and Woodstock, Georgia, our team of specialists provides comprehensive pregnancy care, and we’re here to help you navigate the holidays. Explore our best tips for surviving — and enjoying — this special time.
1. Strike a healthy balance in your diet
Eating a healthy diet is important for everyone, but it’s essential for pregnant women. It’s tempting to indulge during the holidays, but overeating and eating foods that you don’t usually consume can leave you feeling sick if you’re pregnant.
Instead, eat a nutritious balanced diet most of the time, but don’t be afraid to indulge here and there. There’s no need to deprive yourself of your favorite holiday treats, as long as you enjoy them in moderation.
Remember that there are some foods you should avoid if you’re pregnant, including fermented cheese, sushi, and raw fish.
2. Opt for ‘mocktails’
While friends and family might be enjoying spiked eggnog, mulled wine, and champagne, it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out if you’re pregnant over the holidays. You shouldn’t drink alcohol while you’re pregnant, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip all of the holiday toasts.
There are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy this year. Sparkling grape juice, mulled cider, and non-alcoholic eggnog are all festive options that are safe for moms-to-be.
3. Ask loved ones for help
Purchasing gifts, wrapping presents, decorating, attending parties, and more can make your holiday to-do list feel like it’s a mile long. Pregnancy can sap your energy level, so ask friends or family for help this season.
Consider purchasing your gifts online, or bring a friend or family member with you when you go shopping. Having someone else there to carry items or stand in line when you need a break can make a big difference.
4. Plan ahead if you’re traveling
Traveling while you’re pregnant is generally safe, particularly if your pregnancy isn’t high risk. However, it’s still a good idea to plan ahead if you’re taking a trip this holiday season.
Make sure you’re traveling with your latest prenatal records and your doctor’s contact information. Most women can fly until around week 36 of pregnancy, but if you’re even closer to your due date, you shouldn’t fly or travel far from home.
5. Make time for yourself
The holidays are busy, and it’s easy to get swept up in the moment. If you’re pregnant this holiday season, be sure to slow down and make time for yourself.
Now is your time to enjoy a little self-indulgence before your baby arrives. Prioritize sleep, take naps, and spend quality time with your partner and your family before you welcome your little one.
Being pregnant during the holidays is a special time, and our team is here for you now and all year round.
If you’re pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, find comprehensive prenatal care at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.