Christmas, and let's face it, the entirety of December is often a period of indulgence and sometimes drinking to excess. Whether it is mulled wine at a German market, a fizzy pre-dinner aperitif, a glass of wine with your meal or a post-dinner Baileys, alcohol is EVERYWHERE you look (and we aren't exactly complaining TBH).
However, experts are unsure what level of alcohol is safe during pregnancy so the NHS recommends avoiding alcohol entirely.
If you are pregnant at Christmas and are off the booze or are sober for health reasons it can be difficult to know how to fully embrace the festive season.
Luckily, with teetotalism on the rise, there is a greater variety of alcohol-free drinks to tickle your fancy, events designed for non-drinkers and even alcohol-free bars popping up across the UK.
Not only this but to avoid unleashing your inner Grinch you can check out our tips on how to help you enjoy Christmas sober. We let you know how to make the most of your new-found free-time now that you will no longer be spending it drinking or hungover!
9 tips to help you enjoy an alcohol-free Christmas:
3) Find an alcohol-free alternative
Gone are the days where you could only get a limited selection of alcohol-free drinks. No more orange juice, lemonade or coke. Now most bars have mocktails and there are great alcohol-free beers, wines and the first alcohol-free distilled spirit Seedlip
entered the market a few years ago. These drinks will really make being sober interesting and spice up your options.
8) Make new traditions
If most of your Christmas traditions or events revolve around alcohol, this is a chance to make new ones. Visit Christmas markets, go on a mini-break to a different winter city, make Christmas cards with your friends or children, visit Winter Wonderland
or pop on some ice skates (obviously not if you're heavily pregnant or uneasy on the ice).
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