It’s Christmas, and you’re pregnant. Today I’m going to share 4 tips to making this holiday a bit more magical when you’re celebrating for two (or three, or four)! There really are some things you can do to make it a little more amazing — so let’s get started.
But first, how do I know so much about pregnancy at Christmas? Hi, I’m Hilary — most people know me as The Pregnancy Nurse® (but I’m also the curly head here at Pulling Curls). I’ve been a nurse since 1997 and I have 20 years of labor and delivery experience (including working quite a few Christmases). I’m a great resource for you on this one!
Before we get started, my best tip is to make sure that baby is still moving well no matter what your busy holiday schedule is like. Make time for kick counts and it can pay off. Grab my cheat sheet here:
Watch the Ice
I have to say this one. As you’re headed to parties, if you live in a land of snow, BE CAREFUL (if you live in Pheonix with me — you can ignore this part).
A few tips you might not think of:
Wear low heel shoes: I know you want to bring out the good stuff for holiday parties, but re-think your footwear choice. If you’ve got ice, plus high heels it really can be a recipe for disaster.
Honestly, think more about your footwear in general. If you’re going to be on your feet a lot for the party consider compressions stockings too. Many people’s feet swell towards the end, so just wear what works for you. Remember, hardly any photos include your footwear.
Take the drop-off: Maybe have your partner drop you off close to the door so you’re not having to trudge in the cold. It may seem like the “wimpy” way to do it, but I don’t care. Less chance of a fall if things are icey. They’ll be happy to keep you and baby safe!
Watch road conditions: If things are too icy, opt to just stay home. Being in an accident when pregnant makes things much more scary. So safety first!
If you DO slip and fall on your belly call your provider ASAP, or head it the hospital. That type of jarring motion can be bad for the baby. If you’re pre-belly (first 18 weeks or so) call your provider and see what they think. It’s not quite as worrisome but they should have some tips for you to watch for.
If you get in an accident — same thing. Call your provider if you’re under 20 weeks or so, but if you’re further on head into labor and delivery.
There is a chance of the placenta detaching in the next few hours due to the sheering force of an accident or fall — so we take it really seriously.
I don’t say this to scare you (because it is SUPER rare) — but that is why we want you to come in. They may also do some blood work and an ultrasound while you’re there.
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Every family wants to see that expecting multiple times over the holidays season, but maybe you want to just wear your leggings and watch Hallmark movies (can I get an amen)?
I’m not saying to say no to every event, but if you’re not feeling it, it’s OK to stay home. Blame the baby, blame the pregnancy. Blame the fact that you’re just ridiculously tired.
I see a lot of people saying “screw it” to relationships during pregnancy. But I can’t disagree more. If you want people to help you be that “village” when baby is born you need to keep those relationships strong. It may look like encouraging texts though, instead of late night dinners with friends. 🙂
Another option (if this seems better for you) is to host something super low-key at your house. Maybe it’s holiday games and a potluck. People will love to help out and see how you’re doing. You may also really enjoy the attachments with those you love.
Revel in the Current
It is easy to think so much about how life will be with baby and how magical life will be with a little one at Christmas (and I promise you that it is).
But you will look back at what you have right now and think that time was pretty magical too.
The Christmases I had just my husband alone were pretty amazing too. I cherish those memories so make sure you enjoy what you have right NOW. It’s good stuff.
Grab my partner tips right here:
A great way to strengthen that relationship is to get prepared together. Not every birth class is meant to do that, but this one is!
Ask for Something for YOU
I hear a lot of people saying they just want stuff for baby. And I get that. Money is tight, baby stuff seems endlessly expensive — but YOU deserve something too.
Even if it’s small. A bottle of lotion you love, or a new scarf.
It’s REALLY easy to wrap up your identity as a new mom — but I can’t encourage you ANY MORE to have your own identity securely around you. Think of something you’d like that will fit the budget.
Even if it’s just a coupon book foot rubs from your husband. I would’ve taken that one in a heartbeat. 😀
Also, if you really are only asking for a tiny things for yourself, make sure you’re OK with that. I don’t want you disappointed and teary when you realize your christmas is about diapers and onsies and you’d just like something nice for you. That’s OK to — be honest with your partner and your family so you aren’t disappointed.
Are you feeling anxious about this coming baby? Feeling prepared helps you feel less anxious and studies have shown it helps for better births (and less c-sections.
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