When you are expecting a bundle of joy during the holiday season, you may find that your normal busy holiday routine can be too much to handle both physically and mentally. Pregnancy can cause you to feel tired, sore, and drained, so you might plan your holidays a little differently this year to avoid putting extra stress on yourself and your baby. Below you will see some tips for staying healthy while still enjoying the holidays.
Stay Close to Home
Traveling can be particularly hard on expecting moms who are still experiencing morning sickness or are in the last trimester of pregnancy, so you might consider staying home even if you usually travel. If you do enjoy getting away for the holidays, you might consider picking a destination closer to home in later months of your pregnancy so that you can travel comfortably in the car.
Be a Stickler about Food Safety
Pregnancy can put you at an increased risk for food poisoning , which is prevalent around the holidays as large meals are prepared and cross-contamination is more likely. To play it safe, you should always wash your hands before eating and after handling raw food. You might also ask questions about how foods like cookies, Caesar salad dressing, mayonnaise, and egg nog were made to be sure that you don’t ingest raw eggs or alcohol.
Keep Your To-Do List Limited
Between decorating, shopping, and holiday cooking, you may have a high-stress routine for the holiday season. It may be helpful to cut down your typical holiday to-do list with help from friends and family so that you have time to breathe and de-stress.
Limit Sugar Intake
When you attend a holiday party and you are not enjoying the alcoholic refreshments, it can be easy to spend too much time at the dessert table filling up on holiday treats. You can limit the temptation and keep your sugar intake more moderate by eating a high-protein meal before any holiday event so that you stay full and have energy to get through the evening.
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