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5 top tips: Enjoying the festive season whilst pregnant

Aimee pregnant in December wearing a Christmas onesie
Pregnant at Christmas? You can still enjoy the festivities - here's how.

The festive season is well and truly underway and most of us have started the parties, the get-togethers with friends, and prepping for the annual family gathering too. However, being pregnant can take its toll on our energy level whilst we are growing tiny humans and trying to stay on top of everything else too. Here are my top 5 tips on how to enjoy the festivities this year and avoid feeling burnt out:

1. Don’t overdo it

It’s easy to burn the candle at both ends with Christmas parties going on until the early hours, and busy days filled with Santa visits and long shopping trips to get the final bits. The pregnancy exhaustion can really kick in when we aren’t prioritising enough rest. Try to book in some downtime or take advantage of the family members having some more time off work to help with childcare so that you can ensure you are keeping your energy levels topped up. A perfect excuse to snuggle up on the sofa with your favourite Christmas film.

2. Graze

Christmas, for me, signifies that it’s ok to eat chocolate for breakfast and to have 3 servings of dinner followed by pudding (because we all know there is a separate stomach for that). However, as your baby grows, the space for your stomach does the opposite and it becomes increasingly more difficult to each large meals. Try to take advantage of the extra food around the house by grazing ‘small and often’ throughout the day. This will help keep feelings of sickness and indigestion at bay. Also remember to stay hydrated and to drink plenty of water.

3. Accept help

The motherload can be a tricky weight to manage, but even if you don’t already have children, accept the help that is offered to you. Are you usually the ‘hostess with the most-ess’? Maybe allowing the friend who has offered to host this year to take on that job as it could reduce the pressure you might be feeling and give you time to relax instead. Could it be better to do an online shopping order this year rather than trying to battle the

supermarkets at 6am to beat the crowds? Well worth the £3.50 delivery charge if you ask me.

4. No Christmas party would be a party without free-flowing alcohol. Remember that you don’t need to be drinking alcohol to have a great time with friends and co-workers, so be prepared and bring along your own virgin tipple that will taste great and leave you feeling fresh as a daisy the next morning too (minus the morning sickness). And remember that water is also your best friend! You’ll be sat pretty smug the next day when you aren’t nursing the world’s worst hangover!

5. And finally, don’t forget that you can catch up on one of my masterclasses or online courses that you can progress through at your own pace. Here’s the link to access my ‘Hypnobirthing Essentials’ pre-recorded class. Take it at your own pace, make some notes and snuggle up with a hot chocolate and your favourite fluffy socks. What better way to relax and rest this festive season ♡

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