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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!
How To Have Stress Free Holiday When Pregnant
Holidays besides being a very happy time can also bring a great deal of stress while preparing for them. Christmas is one of the biggest celebrations and can become overwhelming so easily.
Please note that Jesus was born around fall time and in its basis Christmas is a pagan holiday but it is hard to avoid it being such a gigantic holiday. Also note that the word holiday comes from Holly Day which means a sacred day, this meaning is completely lost. What born again believers can do is turn it into a family celebration with no attachments to Jesus or not celebrate it at all.
When pregnant Christmas can become a truly stressful event to prepare for or even to celebrate it properly. If you consider all the hormones and changes that the body goes through and all the new rules for eating it can easily turn into a less enjoyable event that it should be. And this can extend to everyone around the pregnant woman – especially her husband.
So how to avoid stress preparing for Christmas and being pregnant?
The very first thing to remember is that Christmas does not have to be perfect. The most important thing is to feel loved and happy – and make great photos :)).
Take it easy on preparations and constantly remind yourself that you don’t have to do 100 things at a time – increasing your stress and driving you crazy. Here are a few tips on how to organize easier:
Get A Calendar And Plan Ahead The Dates
You can get an old fashioned calendar (3 month view calendar is the best for this case) or simply use your smartphone for setting important dates like the day to send out cards, the day to make Christmas cookies or the days to go shopping for Christmas gifts.
Planning ahead will eliminate not having enough time in the end and everything will go much smoother and easier.
Choose Your Activities
If you are invited to many parties you don’t have to go to every single one. Just make a choice of the ones you think you’ll enjoy most. Everyone will understand that you are pregnant and need rest.
This applies for the other Christmas activities: take care that you don’t tire yourself too much and especially take care of the food that you’ll be eating.
Decide Where You Will Go
This year you should go where you truly feel like going – or not going! You are special this Christmas and it should be celebrated in a way that you will enjoy it the most and remember it well.
You can choose to travel but if you want to just rest in the warmth in the home it is perfectly fine! You can also invite your family or friends this year to come to your home where you’ll feel most comfortable.