Pregnancy during the holidays: Tips on traveling, eating, and celebrating
If you find yourself pregnant during the holidays this year, you should waste no opportunity to enjoy it. What’s more special than being surrounded by your friends and family at such an important time in your life? However, for those that are experiencing pregnancy during the holidays for the first time, it can be a little overwhelming. There can be some guilt associated with self care during pregnancy, especially when you are around others more often.
Here’s some tips on how to maneuver these things through the holidays while you’re pregnant:
If you have plans to travel during the holidays, it’s always a good idea to get an all-clear from your healthcare provider before you proceed.
Also, ask them what to do and how to proceed in case something goes wrong or in case you start to feel unwell.
Make sure to pack all your essentials with you; your supplements, any medications that you’re taking, etc. It’s also important to pack all your health records and documents with you in case you need to see a healthcare provider while you’re away.
Yes, Christmas is indeed the season of celebration, and food indulgence is heavily associated with this celebration, but you need to be a little cautious of what you’re eating during the holidays.
First, avoid foods that may be particularly problematic for you. Like spicy food or greasy meals, or anything else that you have trouble keeping down.
Be aware of your sugar intake too! Pregnancy may make you susceptible to gestational diabetes at times. Consuming too much sugar can increase your chances of getting diabetes which in turn causes several problems for you and the baby.
While it’s okay to indulge in festive food, be sure you’re consuming your share of nutritious food as recommended by your healthcare provider to balance things out.
Celebrating without drinking alcohol is important for enjoying the holidays while pregnant, so it might be a good idea to research alternative drinks for yourself beforehand. Opt for eggnog without alcohol, mocktails, juices, and sodas (keeping to your healthcare provider’s recommendations) to curb your cravings and still enjoy the festivities!
Tis’ the season of celebrating with family and friends! So remember to enjoy yourself while making decisions that are good for both you and your baby!