During October through December in the United States, Americans celebrate several popular holidays with family and friends. During Halloween and Christmas, Americans spend $2 billion and $1.9 billion respectively on candy. Last year it was estimated that almost 51 million Americans traveled during Thanksgiving alone. In the next two months, people will eat more sugar than normal and they will spend more time in cars and planes than they usually do. They will be under more stress as they host parties, attend events and buy gifts for loved ones. During pregnancy, the excitement of the holidays can overwhelm the body easier and quicker than if you were not pregnant.
The caring staff at Fayetteville Women’s Center wants to see your pregnancy flourish this holiday season. We cannot stress enough the importance of self-care during your pregnancy, no matter what time of year it is. Here are some helpful suggestions to get you through the next couple of months:
- Rest. Whenever you know that you need to. Your beautiful pregnant body will need more rest than you may think. Do not be afraid to stop what you are doing in life and take a few minutes to rest. A rested you makes for a happier you. Stress is not your friend.
- Have a plan. If you are traveling, make your plans early. If you are flying long distances or traveling for hours in a car, make sure to stand up every couple of hours and get the blood circulating throughout your body. Whenever you can safely do so, try to put your feet up to avoid swelling in your ankles that can sometimes come with pregnancy.
- Stay hydrated. Drink water and other healthy drinks. Limit caffeine intake. Avoid sugary beverages.
- Make healthy food choices. This time of year is tempting for millions of Americans. From Halloween candy to Thanksgiving desserts and Christmas cookies, the choices for sugary treats are nearly endless. Everything in moderation. Indulge a couple of holiday treats, but for a healthier pregnancy, limit your sugar intake this holiday season.
Remember to keep your pregnancy appointments with your OBGYN. Fayetteville Women’s Center is happy to announce our expansion into Lumberton, North Carolina. We offer pregnancy care and women’s health services to women of all ages. If you are a women in need of a women’s healthcare professional, our team would love to see you! Give us a call at (910) 323-2103 or visit us at our new location in Lumberton, North Carolina at the Cape Fear Valley Consultation Center at 588 Bailey Road Ste D on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.