Dec 192014
 

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The holidays can be a very busy, stressful time of year, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed by everything, especially if you are pregnant.  I just entered my third trimester in this pregnancy, and I was also pregnant with Kayleigh during the holidays two years ago, so I know first-hand just how difficult it can be to get everything done.

Between shopping for gifts, wrapping them, ordering and mailing out holiday cards, preparing food, attending parties, etc., all on a lack of sleep and a growing belly getting in my way,  some times I just feel like giving up all together!

This year, I have kind of taken a step back, and figured out some things that will make my holidays run a little smoother, and help take some of the stress away.

How to Survive the Holidays When You're Pregnant

1) Scale Back – If you usually go all out with Christmas decorating and gift-giving over the holidays, try to scale back while you are pregnant.  This year, I kept it really simple by putting up our tree and decorating it with lights, ribbon and bows.  I didn’t even hang any of our ornaments.  The tree still looks beautiful and brings the spirit of Christmas into our home, and I didn’t exhaust myself with decorating this year.  As far as gift giving goes, I only bought 1 gift each for my niece and nephew, and a few things for Kayleigh.  I told family members that I wasn’t planning on buying gifts for everyone this year, and that they did not have to feel obligated to get me anything either.  They were very understanding, and now I don’t feel overwhelmed by a huge Christmas shopping list.

2)  Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No.” – During the holidays, it seems like everyone wants to throw a holiday party.  John and I were invited to quite a few this year, but we will only be attending one.  Not only do parties take time away from your already busy schedule, but they can be quite exhausting for a pregnant woman.  So, decide which party or parties you really want to go to, and politely decline the other invitations.

3)  Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help – If you are feeling overwhelmed by everything you have to do this holiday season, don’t be afraid to ask your friends or family for help with some easy, but time-consuming tasks, like addressing holiday cards or wrapping gifts.  Crossing even one thing off your to-do list will help you feel a little less stressed.

Holiday Tasks

4)  Schedule Some Relaxation Time for Yourself – If you don’t make a point to take some time for yourself, just to relax, you will get burned out very quickly, and when Christmas finally arrives, you will be too exhausted to actually enjoy it.  Try to take at least an hour each day to do something for yourself.  Put on some relaxing music, take a nap or a warm bath, read a book, watch a movie, etc.  The alone time will help you unwind and feel better, both physically and mentally.

5) Get Comfortable – When you’re pregnant during the holidays, comfort is key.  Now is not the time to try to squeeze into a cocktail dress or heels.  You’ll quickly regret it if you do!  Wear comfortable clothes that are loose and breathable, and flat slip-on shoes that you don’t have to bend over to tie.

6)  Pamper Yourself – You may not be able to find the time or money to hit the spa any time soon, but there are some simple things you can do to pamper yourself at home.  Soak your achy feet in a tub of warm water.  Relieve dry skin by giving yourself a facial.  There are plenty of ideas for DIY facial masks and scrubs on Pinterest.  Give yourself an at-home manicure.  I know I always feel better when my nails are looking pretty.  Finally, bring the shine back to your hair with Suave® Moroccan Infusion Shine Shampoo & Conditioner.

Suave Moroccan Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner

My hair always tends to get a bit dry and dull looking during pregnancy, but Suave® Moroccan Infusion Shine Shampoo & Conditioner really helps bring it back to life, by making it feel super soft and looking healthy and shiny.   I feel so much better when my hair looks and feels great, don’t you?

I have always loved Suave products.  They are very inexpensive, but work so well, and they smell great, too.  They are very comparable to those expensive products you find in the salons, but are a fraction of the cost.

You can purchase Suave® Moroccan Infusion Shine Shampoo & Conditioner at BJ’s Wholesale Club.  I love shopping at BJ’s, especially when pregnant, because I can stock up on all of my favorite items, and not have to go shopping again for a long time.  That saves me lots of money, time and energy!  Click here to find a store near you!

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What helps you get through the holidays when you’re pregnant? Share your tips below!

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