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Surviving the holidays…Pregnant!

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The holiday season is a busy and exciting time, especially for expecting moms. However, pregnant women often have less energy to keep up with all the parties, events, and shopping. Furthermore, the excess hormones during pregnancy can lead to more emotional mood swings, which can be challenging during this time. Here are a few tips to make this season more manageable:

1) Limit the number of activities and be organized. It’s okay not to attend every holiday party and decline invitations. Write all invitations and events on a calendar and cross off events until the schedule is manageable. For the ones you marked off, politely tell your host or hostess how much you’ll miss the event this year however you need to take it easy this season. They will understand! Also, remember to schedule plenty of rest days on your calendar.

2) Use shopping and wrapping short cuts. Shop online or give gift certificates this year. Charitable gifts (donations to a person’s favorite charity) also make wonderful presents. Use a wrapping service or use gift bags for your presents.

 
3) Be comfortable. Dress in layers to holiday events to avoid overheating. Skip the high heels and pantyhose which can cause increased swelling as well as increase your chance of falling .

 
4) Be smart with holiday foods. Don’t use your pregnancy as an excuse to overeat this season. Don’t use the motto "I’m eating for two (or three!)". Choose wisely, eat in moderation, and drink plenty of water. And of course, avoid the foods you should steer away from during pregnancy such as unpasteurized cheeses, raw meat (including sushi), raw eggs (including dough and homemade egg nog), and alcohol (always ask your host or hostess if alcohol is in the holiday drink).

5) Be prepared for emotional challenges. Pregnancy hormones can cause more mood swings which can lead to increased stress during an already emotional time. The best way to help with this is by getting plenty of rest and not over doing it, scheduling time for yourself, and not stressing about saying "no".

6) Defining boundaries. Your growing belly is likely to attract many family members and friends. You can avoid this often unwanted excess belly touching by carrying a drink or food in front of you, or by laying your hands on your belly.
Have a happy holiday season!

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