Pregnant at Christmas - my top tips

  1. Photo credit: Melanie McDermott (pierrotsomepeople on flickr) No Christmas boozing, no late night parties, difficulties squeezing into your 6 inch heels, but just because you're pregnant doesn't mean feeling like a party pooper. Just follow these simple top tips and you'll have a fabulous festive time!
  2. Don't over eat, even if you're tempted. I'm sure you know by now that indigestion and heartburn are very common in pregnancy. It's not worth the pain! I suggest eating little and often instead of one big blow out binge.
  3. Certain foods are likely to cause bloating and wind. Think, sprouts, cabbage and sweet potatoes. These should definitely be avoided. You certainly don't want your tummy to expand unduly! And those around you will thank you!!
  4. Go for a walk. You might not feel like getting outside, especially if it's freezing cold, but a short walk in the fresh air, will do you and baby the world of good. Increasing your circulation, oxygenating the blood, helping keep your joints mobile and boosting your energy- wonderful! Just be extra careful if it's icy.
  5. Ask for help. Women are notoriously bad at delegating. But, this Christmas is not the time to be a control freak. The additional stress of shopping, cooking, rushing around, cleaning up, washing up (the list goes on!) and generally being the hostess with the mostess is enough to send your blood pressure soaring. Remember, and remind those around you, that Christmas is a time for family- so get everyone to pitch in! It is not good for you or the baby to overdo it.
  6. Resist the urge to party all night. People will understand if you're not the life and soul and need an early night. I suggest to my clients that they should be in bed by around half ten each night. If you do stay up late though, over the festive period, build in power naps and a lie in the next day. You are likely to feel more tired than usual during pregnancy, so make sure you get plenty of rest.
  7. Be extra careful when cooking turkey. Make sure it's thawed out properly before cooking and that it's cooked all the way through before serving. Food poisoning is extra serious for pregnant women.
  8. Don't be afraid to ask about food ingredients. Mayonnaise and homemade icing, meringues and mousses may contain raw eggs, and many puddings contain lots of alcohol!
  9. Avoid soft, blue our mouldy cheeses. Perhaps give the cheese and crackers a miss if you're unsure.
  10. Put your feet up. Spending hours in your feet, especially if you're wearing party shoes, can lead to swollen ankles. Not a good look! So, be sure to spend plenty of time with your legs elevated. Perhaps you could even ask your partner to give you a nice foot rub, after all it is Christmas!
  11. Get pampered. Ask Santa (and your family and friends) for pampering treats this Christmas. Luxury bath oils and body lotions will help you relax and unwind, as well as keep your skin supple. I suggest sticking to specially designed pregnancy ranges to ensure you avoid potentially harmful essential oils. You could also ask for a voucher for a pregnancy massage to help relieve tension or any aches and pains. The perfect treat!