So your baby bump might be rivalling Santa’s belly but so what – ’tis the season to be pregnant!
With just some minor alterations, Christmas + New Year + Bump can be extra special, just think next year there’ll be no more ‘silent nights’ for you (sorry….)
Here’s some Mumbler tips to make the party season bump-friendly:
Be Hangover Free!
So, let’s turn the lack of wine into a positive, no hangover! Don’t feel like you are missing out, as well as yummy mocktails, you can buy some really tasty alcohol free drinks now, so start sampling! This includes beers, wines and tasty cordials and juices.
Here’s some mocktail recipes to try:
Christmas Mocktail: 4 cups Cranberry Juice, 2 cups Pineapple Juice, 2 cups orange juice, Ice, Sprite or sparkling water (optional) & Sugar (optional to decorate the glass rims)
Banana Smoothie: 1 banana, a pinch of nutmeg, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a cup of milk and two cups of crushed ice. Put in a blender and whip up a deliciously thick smoothie.
Cinderella: 2 shots of pineapple juice, orange juice, lemon juice, ice, soda water and a dash of grenadine creates a lovely Christmassy coloured mocktail. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or a cherry.
If you are in the early stages of pregnancy, and don’t feel quite ready to divulge your special news, here are some top tips to disguise the fact you are avoiding the bubbly this party season:
Order Mocktails: No one need know the alcohol has been skipped – there’s loads to sample!
Non-Spirit & a mixer: No one will be any the wiser that your vodka and coke is missing the vodka.
Pass it on: If you have someone with you who is in on the secret and happy to be hungover on your behalf, then gratefully accept any drink sent your way, do a couple of fake sips if required and pass it on!
Excuses: All valid reasons to be avoiding the Christmas bubbly such as:
- “I’m taking antibiotics, so can’t have a drink”
- “I’m hungover from last night”
- “I’m saving myelf for the party tomorrow night”
- “I’ve got a busy day ahead and need to be on top form”
Designated driver: Depending on where you are partying it might be quite reasonable to have chosen to drive to the event, safety first!
Saving the pennies: Christmas can get expensive! So you may choose to have a cheap night and stick to the lemonade.
Food, Glorious Food
You may be struggling with sickness, or heartburn, or both (hopefully not!). Eating little and often can make things easier and drinking lots of water is essential to help with digestion as well as keeping you hydrated.
Christmas Buffets can be full of tempting goodies, including cheeses, seafood, meats & pate. Whilst there are many foods you will be able to enjoy, it’s worth having a read of the NHS guide regarding foods to avoid when pregnant, so you can be confident your choices are enjoyable for you, and safe for baby.
Put those Festive Feet Up
With all the shopping, cooking & entertaining, Christmas is hard work! Don’t forget you are using lots of your energy on that little task of growing a baby! Therefore, you need plenty of rest built into the Christmas period.
– Lots of shopping to do? Get your feet up and order online
– Organise & plan ahead as much as possible to spread out all the to do list and avoid those manic days
– Build in time for rest, reading a book, having a bath or watching a Christmas film (or 2 or 3..)
– Delegate – sharing is caring, you can’t do it all!
– Fit in some pampering time (read the great advice provided recently on suitable pregnancy treatments by Looking Glass Aesthetics)
Christmas Maternity Photo Shoot
Make the most of having a gorgeous baby bump at Christmas time, by capturing it forever in a Christmas themed maternity photo shoot. We have lots of Mumbler recommended photographers listed on the website, who would be more than happy to help.
If this is your first baby, make the most of this special couple time and enjoy a date night or two. Soon the simple things like being able to go for a walk holding hands, or popping to the cinema for a date become a little more tricky! Even if it’s not your first baby, couple time is still soooo important, it just takes a little more planning and a babysitter to make it happen – but worth it! The Mumbler website has a Date Nights page full of Mumbler recommended suggestions of places to enjoy:
HO HO HO Happy Christmas
We wish you and your family a fabulous Christmas, and just think, your greatest gift of all is still to come!!!
PS – please come along to our Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale on Saturday 3rd February at the Stratford Methodist Church Hall in Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon!