If you're anything like me, you'll have mixed feelings about being pregnant at Christmas. On the one hand – it's party time! You have the perfect excuse for shedding those cosy maternity jeans and slipping on something special, like that sparkly dress you've been dying to wear. On the other hand – as excited as you might be for parenthood – your bump can be a bit of a party-pooper. A fair few foods are now off the table, and it can be difficult to bop to your favourite Christmas tunes when you need to pee every 10 minutes.
But fear not; your first Christmas with a bump can be a magical and relaxing time with a little pre-planning. Just sit back and settle into the holiday season with my festive tips for mums-to-be.
treats and nibbles
Pass over that platter of brie and biscuits – soft cheeses are a pregnancy food to avoid. Don't worry, though, there are plenty of other festive treats to dig into. Turkey, cranberries and everyone’s favourite Brussels sprouts (who's with me?!), are packed with nutrients for both you and your growing little one. Salmon is one of the best pregnancy foods, as it's full of essential Omega-3 fatty acids. Nuts (even if they're covered in chocolate...) are also a winner as they help baby build up a natural tolerance from inside the bump.
mocktails and other festive tipples
The NHS suggests avoiding alcohol for your entire pregnancy, to be on the safe side. Say ‘no thanks’ to the bubbly and join in the toast with a mulled apple juice or a creamy virgin snowball. Cordials with punchy flavours like spiced berry and fiery ginger make great bases for easy mocktails.
dressing for two
When it comes to choosing maternity Christmas outfits, you'll want something that brings together both comfort with glamour. Pick something in a stretchy fabric (of course), but go for jewel tones and glittering embellishments to feel extra festive. If finding a one-piece outfit that fits well over your bump and bust is a challenge, sparkly separates could work instead. And if sequins aren't your thing, well, you can't beat a snuggly Christmas jumper.
hosting and delegating
Christmas is tiring at the best of times, so make sure you relax and take care of yourself. Seek help from friends and family when shopping for gifts, or put your feet up and buy online this year instead. If you like having everyone round to yours, ask someone else to take on the cooking responsibilities. You could also stick to pre-prepared food this year – your baby bump gives you the perfect excuse for cutting a few corners!
under the tree
Once baby arrives, you’ll have tiny sleepsuits and cuddly toys coming at you left, right and centre. But if you're pregnant at Christmas, you're allowed to make it all about YOU. Why not ask for a relaxing spa experience, or a Netflix subscription that’ll come in handy for those night-time feeds?
Are you prepared for baby to make an appearance over the holidays? Make sure you’ve got a designated driver on hand for the hospital trip. Pack your hospital bag well before the festivities get underway and check your local maternity cover for their Christmas hours. With all this in hand, you can tuck into your Christmas pregnancy feast and enjoy the festive season. After all, next year you'll have a tiny new family member to look after, so enjoy a little quiet while you can!