Being pregnant at Christmas might not seem like a barrel of laughs – never has a cheese-plate looked sooo inviting – but there are plenty of reasons to savour the season. Here are just five things to love about being pregnant during Christmas and New Year.
1. No hangovers
So the office Christmas party might not have been much fun once everyone else was a few glasses of Prosecco down, but think how smug you'll feel on New Year's Day when everyone else is starting the new year with a banging headache and you're feeling nothing but blooming marvellous. To get you through cocktail season, make sure you stash up on some good alcohol-free drinky treats. Mocktails are amazing and you'll find bazillions of recipes online. Plus no-one says you can't consume your body weight in hot chocolate with lashings of whipped cream at this time of year...
2. You can blame the cravings
Ok, so you have to lay off the brie and bubbly which is far from easy, but if ever there was a time to indulge yourself in a few foodie treats, this is it. REALLY need a family-sized bar of Galaxy or indeed a whole pot of seafood sauce at 3am? Go for it. After all, it's Christmas AND you can totally get away with the claim that the baby made you do it.
3. No-one will notice a few extra pounds
On a similar note this is the time to eat, drink and be merry without worrying about those festive extra pounds. Not that I'm encouraging unhealthy weight gain or excessive calorie consumption during pregnancy, of course, but you can certainly afford to worry a bit less than the rest of us about fitting into your jeans once Christmas has been and gone.
4. This time next year…
This time next year you'll be doing Christmas with a baby - squee! So rather than mourn all the things you feel you're missing out on this year, go for broke with indulging in all the things you might not get to next year. Put your feet up for extended periods of time at every opportunity, have long lie-ins whenever possible, and enjoy generally getting the chance to rest a bit while you incubate another human.
5. You'll look your best for a bump pic
I have one regret about all three of my pregnancy experiences – not taking enough photographs to capture the moment. My kids now adore looking back at photos of me when I was pregnant with them but there are precious few. And Christmas is pretty much the perfect time to take a bump pic as you'll generally have ample opportunity to look like a million bucks. So get snap happy with the camera while you can!
How are you handling the festive season with a bump on board? Let us know when you're due, and what tips you'd add for getting through the festive season when you're expecting.