We know being pregnant at Christmas can be challenging. Alcohol is a no-no, some of your favourite foods are off the menu and tiredness makes those Christmas parties a struggle.
Never fear – we’ve got some great tips that’ll mean you can still have a blast this Christmas!
Buy yourself one special outfit to see you through the next couple of weeks
Why not treat yourself to one stylish outfit to see you through the festive season and change your look by accessorising. After all, the right accessories can make a simple outfit extraordinary. Take a little black dress and add a bold necklace and metallic shoes and voila – you can change your look from understated elegance to edgy chic in an instant.
Classic and yet bang on trend, by Isabella Oliver
We love this Boxing Hares Pendant from Not On The High Street .
And this chain necklace from John Lewis will really get heads turning.
Avoid the crowds and shop online
Don’t trudge around the shops buying your last minute Christmas presents and groceries. That’s what online shopping is for! Put your feet up at home and relax instead - you deserve it.
You can get all the gifts you need for the entire family online and many stores offer free delivery. Plus, with the food shopping coming to your door, you’ll be able to avoid any heavy lifting – that’s where friendly delivery people can help out.
Have a couple of alcohol-free cocktail recipes up your sleeve
You don’t have to miss out on all the fun when your friends are sipping on this year’s festive cocktails. If you don’t fancy alcohol free wine or beer and can’t face another soda water or fruit juice, why not indulge in a festive mocktail – they’re guaranteed to provide much merriment this Christmas.
With so many options available it was hard to pick our favourite. But we don’t think you can do better than James Martin’s Orange & Cranberry Spritz. It’s ideal for anyone who loves their bubbles but is off the booze.
Start by mixing together 500ml of orange juice and 500ml cranberry juice in a large jug. Slowly pour in the 400ml of sparkling elderflower drink, as it will fizz up. Mix together and serve in tall glasses with ice. Add a homemade cocktail stirrer – created from cranberries, mint and some Christmas ribbon or twine to hold it together.
Don’t they look festive!
Make sure you get some me-time over the holidays
If you’re hosting this Christmas, get others to help or ask everyone to bring a dish to contribute to the meal. You don’t need to make everything yourself from scratch either – give yourself a break!
And don’t feel guilty about leaving the washing up to the others too. Making a baby is hard work, especially at Christmas, so find the time to put your feet up and perhaps even have a snooze. Enjoy it while you can – you won’t have the same excuse next year!
Have a Merry Christmas!