Having A Baby Around the Holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time of year, and having a baby during the holidays can add to the stress you may already feel from family obligations, gift-buying, and other pressures.  Here are some tips to help make your transition easier.

Remember to eat well and drink plenty of water.  Sweets are everywhere during the holidays, and you don’t have to deprive yourself completely.  Just remember to get enough variety in your diet, including 80-100 grams of protein a day, and enjoy sweets in moderation.
Get plenty of rest.  The third trimester can be tiring, and with all the things to be done around the holidays, it’s easy to overdo it.

Avoid stress.  Stress makes us sick, even when we’re not pregnant.  Try to take a step back from stressful situations.  Remember that no matter what’s going on for the holidays, you don’t have to be perfect.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

As always, be sure to question any recommended interventions with regards to your birth.  Being due around any holiday may tempt you or your birth attendant to consider induction.  Make sure you investigate the risks and benefits of any recommended procedure; your safety and that of your baby is the first priority.

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