Whether you are pregnant at Christmas or your baby is due over the Christmas period, here are some tips from mama’s who have been there. Thanks to all of the lovely mama’s on our Facebook page who contributed their pearls of wisdom.
Personally I have had two pregnant Christmas’s and am about to have a third. For me being organised was key, especially as one year I found myself cooking Christmas dinner while pregnant! I would avoid this if you can and use it as an opportunity to put your feet up. Do as much of your shopping online as you can or if you prefer to go shopping, make sure it’s at the least busy times. Being jostled around a busy shopping centre whilst heavily pregnant is not good! If you are worried about missing out on a drink, get yourself something in to drink that feels like you are joining in, a non alcoholic wine or beer.
Present wise, go for something that you can enjoy during and post pregnancy. Handbags are good for this, shoes ditto! (unless you have swollen feet!) Use the opportunity to have a rest. You have the perfect excuse for a snooze on the sofa or a nap after lunch, so take it. This is especially useful if you have an older child, as there should be family around to entertain them.
One Christmas day we had a very special Christmas present in the form of my beautiful niece Jessica (see pic above, how cute is she?) We were all very, very excited on hearing the news on Christmas day. Thanks to my sis in law who has also added some of her tips to this post.
- If you are due over the Christmas period, make a plan and a plan B and maybe even a plan C. You never know what will happen or how you will feel, it may seem like a good idea to travel up to your relatives to show them your new baby but the reality might be very different and you will be a lot less stressed if they come to you.
- Be organised. Get your presents and get them wrapped early. Or better still get someone else to do it. This goes for food shopping too.
- Be prepared for your plans to be flexible, especially if you are due in December or early January.
- Put your feet up! You have a great excuse, the best! Now where’s that remote?
- Don’t be afraid to say no, whether that be to travelling to see relatives or having many relatives descend upon you days after giving birth or while heavily pregnant, if you are not ready, say no.
- Take one day at a time.
- Allow your plans to be flexible, they may have to change or you may not feel up to the plans you had originally made. Lorraine didn’t buy her Christmas dinner until the 24th in case the baby came although I would be far too paranoid that there would be nothing left in the shops!
- Pretend Schloer is wine or get some Becks Blue in, apparently it tastes just like the real thing! Updating this one for gin fans having just discovered Seedlip!
- Buy some grippers for your shoes if the weather is bad(this goes for whether you are pregnant or have had your baby).
- Have some champagne in the fridge for when the baby does arrive.
- Make sure you have petrol in your car as on Christmas Day most petrol stations are not open.
- Have some really nice food prepared and in the freezer for the day you get home (especially as the shops may not be open.)
I hope all of you lovely pregnant mama’s have a wonderful restful Christmas! x