Christmas is a very happy time by itself but if you add pregnancy to it – then it becomes a truly magical time.
But to keep that pregnancy healthy and happy you need to be careful and this is even more true on Christmas. You can get easily distracted by the euphoria surrounding you and make a wrong step.
Below you will find the most important things to keep on mind when celebrating Christmas with a belly bump.
This is by far the greatest danger on Christmas. We all know how food and drinks fly around this time. With you being pregnant and being hungry it can be particularly hard to resist some potentially harmful food.
You need to be specially aware for listeria: it is food poisoning caused by contaminated food with this bacteria. It is a disease which targets pregnant women and newborns and it can make serious damage to the baby.
I have puled the most important facts about this disease. If you already know it – no harm in reminding yourself.
Luckily it is fairly easy to avoid this bacteria. Here are the recommendations:
- Thoroughly cook all your meat (beef, pork, or poultry).
- Don’t drink raw/unpasteurized milk and consume food made from it
- Wash your fresh vegetable carefully
- Keep your safe food (cooked food or washed vegetables) away from uncooked meat
- Wash your hands and kitchen stuff after touching uncooked meat/food.
- Do not eat soft cheese like feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined cheeses, and Mexican-style cheeses
- Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, or deli meats (unless they are reheated to steaming hot but my suggestions is to completely avoid them)
- Do not eat refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads
- A general rule of thumb is that you can eat canned or shelf stable types of food but again my suggestion is to avoid risky foods all together
- Do not eat refrigerated smoked seafood (except if it is served in a cooked dish)
Just remember how crowded it is in physical stores around Christmas and New Years eve. It is horrible enough for a regular person let alone a pregnant women who is extra sensitive. So here are some good advises how to handle Christmas shopping while pregnant:
- It is best to avoid the most crowded week before Christmas so early planning for gifts is a very good idea. Do the shopping at the beginning of December if possible
- If you find yourself in the peak of the season without a gift or something you want to buy do online shopping. Plus it is so much easier doing it online, just click some buttons and wait for delivery – how royal :).
If you still insist on going to the stores then another set of advises for this situation:
- Be sure to have water and energy snacks in your bag. It will save you unnecessary walk through the shopping mall to get one. And the urge to have a sip of water can be unbearable on these exhausting trips to the city malls, specially if you are in a wardrobe in the middle of trying something.
- Don’t try to carry everything yourself or if you absolutely have to get a wheel cart or buy products easy to carry.
- It is best if you find someone to keep you company. The shopping will be more fun and you will have the required help for carrying things.
- A supporting maternity belt will help you a lot to avoid back pain and feeling tired
So those would be the top guidelines to follow during the holidays. Be sure to do Christmas decorations to reflect the coming of the new baby and take a lot of pictures. Those will be great memories. It’s a rare opportunity to celebrate Christmas while pregnant and the feeling from both events will lift you to the skies. It’s a double joy so be sure to make it a Christmas to remember!