The holiday season is approaching.
Even as a pregnant woman, you should feel free to join in the holiday cheer. But there are a few things you should be aware of.
Here are several do’s and don’ts that should help you enjoy the holidays.
Do: Stay comfortable and indulge in the holiday cheer
The holiday season only comes around once a year. It’s best to enjoy the holiday cheer instead of stressing out over what needs to be done or over any pressing challenges you’re experiencing.
So, stay comfortable and don’t be afraid to indulge. Remember to enjoy the holiday season.
Do: Delegate what you can’t handle
You may have the tendency to want to please others and ensure their comfort. But while you are pregnant, don’t be shy about delegating.
If others are eager and willing to help, take advantage. If no one offers, then it’s okay to be more proactive about enlisting others.
Do: Indulge in these foods
There are certain foods you shouldn’t eat while you’re pregnant. We will be covering those a little later.
But it isn’t much fun to constantly be thinking about what you can’t eat. So, identify the things you can eat and enjoy yourself. Freely enjoy the following foods:
- Water: Drink plenty of water – preferably eight 8-ounce glasses per day.
- Clean vegetables: Greens and chopped carrots make for great snacks.
- Fresh fruit: Feel free to indulge in seasonal fruit like clementines and satsumas.
- Whole grains, nuts, beans and seeds: These foods contain folic acid, iron and protein, which you need while you’re pregnant.
Don’t: Sleep all day
It’s not unusual for you to sleep more during pregnancy. Your hormones are changing fast, and this can lead to tiredness and exhaustion, as well as lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
So, don’t be alarmed if your sleeping habits change during pregnancy. But too much sleep can be bad for both you and the unborn child. Get up and walk around and get some light exercise, if possible.
Don’t: Eat these foods
As already noted, there are certain foods you should avoid while pregnant. They are
- Alcohol: Drinking can result in alcohol-related illnesses for the unborn. Most experts agree that you should not consume alcohol while you’re pregnant.
- Caffeine: You can consume caffeine in moderation. But too much caffeine is not good for the baby. Reduce your coffee, soda, and caffeinated tea intake. Instead, enjoy caffeine-free tea or hot cider.
- Eggnog: Raw eggs are definitely not good for your baby. Homemade eggnog should certainly be avoided, but in general, it’s best for you to stay away from eggnog.
- Turkey: Specifically, undercooked Your immune system is weakened during pregnancy, and your baby doesn’t have a fully developed immune system yet. All undercooked meats should be avoided.
- Raw cookie dough: Again, uncooked eggs should be avoided.
- Soft cheeses: Queso fresco, brie, Camembert, feta, Roquefort and goat cheese should be avoided.
Don’t: Engage in vigorous activity
Light exercise is okay during your pregnancy, but vigorous activity should be avoided.
As a professional surrogacy institution, the American Surrogacy Center has ample experience in pregnancy care. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. The American Surrogacy Center will ensure that you remain healthy and happy during the holiday season!
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