It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless, of course, you’re suffering from morning sickness or late-pregnancy exhaustion. But no matter how you feel, you can still make the most of the holiday season, and even appreciate how special these pre-baby celebrations are. By next December, the holidays will take on a whole new meaning with your newborn baby in your arms. How can you stay festive and fuss-free this holiday season?
Give yourself permission to slow down. Maybe you have a list of to-do’s a mile long. Cut it in half. Cut it in half again, then cross several items out. You need to rest while your body is working overtime, so give yourself permission to take it easy this holiday season. Figure out what the most important things on your list are for you, and commit to those. Anything beyond those, you can give your apologies, but you aren’t going to overextend yourself this year. Maybe that means you don’t host the yearly cocktail party at your house, or you miss your friend’s gift exchange party. Don’t be afraid to tell people you aren’t feeling up to getting together. Who’s going to get mad at the pregnant woman, anyway? No one. So feel free to use it to your advantage, and take care of yourself!
Ask for help and delegate. No matter how much you pare down your commitments, there are always things to do during this time of year: shopping, decorating, baking, gift-giving. But you’re not alone, and you don’t need to do everything yourself. Ask others to help you decorate the house or prepare your share of the holiday meal this year. If there are holiday activities that you earnestly love and don’t want to miss, invite friends over while you do them so that your responsibilities are lessened. If you promise hot cocoa and holiday music, you can turn these seasonal tasks into your own, low-key festive party!
Start a new tradition to share with your baby next year. There may be many obligations you don’t attend to this holiday season, and don’t feel guilty about that. But the holidays are also a time of family tradition and building ceremony around these special events. It can be very fulfilling to choose one or two things to commit to, knowing that you’ll continue them in years to come with your growing family. Be on the lookout for community events, holiday markets, or seasonal concerts that you can see integrating into your holiday schedule. Find one or two traditions that are for you, your baby-to-be, and your own family. Celebrating them next year, during your baby’s first holiday season, will be extra-special.
Catalog the memories for your little one. If the holidays coincide with that optimal baby-bump phase of pregnancy, take advantage of the timing and take part in a holiday-themed maternity shoot. Include whomever you’d like, from your partner to your extended family, but those photos will definitely be cherished for years and years. Even if you don’t go for professional photos, be sure to take plenty of informal pictures of you and your family while you celebrate. As your child grows, it will be so meaningful for him or her to see what the holidays looked like before they arrived.
It’s okay to indulge in a few favorites around the holidays. Chances are, you’re very aware of what and how much you’re eating while pregnant. During the holidays, good food and drink is everywhere, and it’s important to be mindful of what you’re consuming. You should absolutely treat yourself, especially when it comes to your favorite seasonal treats, but holiday food isn’t exempt from usual pregnancy rules. Be aware of what you’re eating while you’re at parties and at your office potluck, to be sure that it doesn’t contain raw food or hidden alcohol. And while you probably don’t need to catalog every cookie you eat, be sure that you’re not going overboard on sweets, when it’s available in such abundance. Fruits and veggies are still the healthiest bet, even if they’re harder to find amidst the holiday treats.Know the rules of the road before you go. If your holiday plans include travel, be sure that you’re prepared with the latest guidelines and “OK” from your doctor. Travel in cars and trains don’t usually require much accommodation, but flying can be a bit tricky late in pregnancy. Run your plans by your doctor first and be truthful about dates. If you’re driving, take a leisurely route and be sure your seatbelt is always properly fastened around your bump. And now matter how you’re logging mileage, be sure you take enough breaks to stand, stretch your body, stay hydrated and use the restroom.
March has arrived, yet it seems like the cold is only getting harsher! We know how tough it can be to keep you and your baby comfortable when out-and-about in the cold. Stay warm and protected with these cold weather essentials, so you can ensure as much comfort and agility through the rest of these frigid days.
Braving the whipping winter winds with your little one requires a bevy of must-have tools to keep you both safe and comfortable when you’re on-the-go, including:
- A snug fitting winter hat that covers your baby’s ears
- Mittens—they’re easier to slip on little hands
- A thick winter coat with sleeves that taper at the wrist
- Baby leg warmers to add layered warmth on a particularly chilly day
- Nine Naturals Repairing Body Balm to treat your baby’s Jack Frost-kissed skin
- A warm stroller blanket or BundleMe to keep body heat in and the cold out
- A waterproof stroller cover to slip on during rain, sleet, or snow
- Shoes that cover your baby’s ankles—snow boots or rain boots during periods of wet weather
- Nine Naturals Natural Sunscreen SPF 32 to shield your baby from the sun’s harmful rays
- A warm winter coat that extends past your waist and can zip or button up high on your neck
- Ear muffs or a snug fitting hat that will keep you warm but not interfere with your ability to hear clearly
- A heavy-knit scarf that is both easy to put on and remove
- Nine Naturals Unscented Moisturizing Body Cream to lock in moisture
- Smart touch gloves, which allow you to answer a phone call or send a text without exposing your digits to the elements
- Sunglasses to shield your eyes from the bright winter sun
- Nine Naturals Simply Natural Lip Balm to treat painfully chapped lips
- A stocked diaper bag with saline wipes for runny noses, alcohol-free hand sanitizer, hand warmers to slip in your coat pocket, and a baby bottle filled with water to keep your precious one hydrated
- The Dark Sky App —available on your iPhone or iPad—provides you with up to the minute weather condition reports, allowing you to decide if you should head out or stay inside for the day
What are some of your favorite ways of staying warm in the cold weather?
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