During the festive season, if you are lucky, your calendar is probably packed full of parties and Christmas events with family, friends and colleagues.
However, with a blossoming bump, morning sickness and pregnancy fatigue to contend with, parties and socialising can be a bit of a minefield during pregnancy.
The champagne is flowing and canapes full of foods you need to avoid are being shoved in your face, BUT, is it still possible to let your hair down and really enjoy yourself?
If you follow a few of these simple tips then you might find yourself surprisingly disappointed when the disco ball finally stops spinning and everyone gets in the taxi to go home at 11 pm (we can be optimistic right?).
11 tips for Christmas parties while pregnant:
2) Eat before you go
Eating regularly during pregnancy is important to keep up your energy levels that are often at an all-time-low anyway. A party buffet is likely to be full of unhealthy snacks that can make you feel sluggish and bloated. Eat a healthy and hearty meal
before you go puts you in control just in case the food there isn't suitable. Certain foods should be avoided during pregnancy
such as soft cheeses with white rinds, pâté and raw fish which unluckily for you are foods that are likely to be common on a festive menu or piled on top of canapés. Eating beforehand also means that if there is no food or it is served late you won't begin to feel hungry and weak.
3) Use your handbag wisely
If you don't have a chance to eat beforehand or you do but you're still hungry by 8pm, pop some healthy snacks
in your handbag. Ideal snacks are some nuts or fruit so that you can sneakily eat some to keep you going all night. Eating small amounts of food regularly during pregnancy helps to fend off nausea or sickness
as well as preventing heartburn and indigestion
. You can also use a handbag for any pregnancy essentials such as heartburn medication (if approved by your doctor), plasters if your party shoes hurt or breast pads in case you have some leakage.
Dressing while pregnant can be difficult. If you're still keeping your pregnancy secret, it makes sense to avoid tight figure-hugging clothes. If hiding a blossoming bump isn't an option, you can choose to show off your curves or keep it subtle depending on how you feel. Avoiding really tight clothes might be a good idea if you are planning to stay at the party all night as comfort is incredibly important. Check out our article on what to wear to your Christmas party when pregnant
for some great maternity wear suggestions.
6) Avoiding alcohol
The NHS guidelines
recommend avoiding alcohol completely during pregnancy. This is especially difficult during the festive season. Opt for a drink with soda water as it is good at settling your stomach and ask for a dash of lime to make it look like a G&T. Cranberry juice is also a good option if you have suffered from cystitis during pregnancy
as it is often believed to have healing properties - plus nobody will know it's not a vodka cran. You can order your own drinks (or nominate your sidekick) to prevent people from buying you alcohol or tell the other party-goers that you are on antibiotics/suffering from a bad stomach and avoiding booze. Once your sidekick has drunk their flute of fizz, swap their empty glass for your full one (sneaky, eh?).
7) Avoiding smoking
As well as alcohol, the NHS guidelines
recommend giving up smoking during pregnancy. You might have given up cigarettes but to keep your precious little one safe, it is a good idea to avoid the smoking area to prevent the risks from second-hand smoke. If you’re at a party in a public space, chances are there will be smokers nearby. If you need to go outside for fresh air but find you are surrounded by plumes of smoke, ask them politely to move to prevent it blowing into your face. People will often respond well to pregnant women.
8) Wear sensible shoes
It is hard to imagine a Christmas party without a glamorous outfit accompanied by killer heels. However, oedema/swollen ankles
are very common during pregnancy so your feet might not fit into your fave stilettos anyway. If you aren't suffering from puffy feet, you are still more susceptible to leg cramps
. Heels are uncomfortable at the best of times so if you want to go the distance, comfortable shoes really are the best option.
9) Take a seat
If you are in it for the long haul it is a good idea to scout out a comfortable spot that you can slink off too in times of need. Overheating during pregnancy
is common, especially if you are on a packed dancefloor or surrounded by people. Find a seat where people can come and chat with you, ideally somewhere you can pop up your swollen feet. Although resting up is important, it is also advised that you also get up to move frequently to improve your circulation.
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