How to Enjoy the Holidays as a Very Pregnant Mama

“Hey mama, are you worried about having a Christmas baby?” If you’re a very pregnant mom this holiday season, you’ve no doubt heard those words time and again. While questions like this might feel frustrating, it can be helpful to remember that you’re being asked because you’re *this* close to snuggling the sweet baby you’ve been diligently growing over the last nine months in your arms.

If you’re a very pregnant mama this holiday season, instead of letting yourself get pulled in a million directions, run down and over it, take some time to consider how you can be intentional with your time and choices to be sure you get to enjoy the season, belly and all. Check out the tips below for enjoying the holidays as a very pregnant mom!

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Take advantage of the excuse to opt out

This holiday season, don’t hesitate to use your very real discomfort to opt out of obligations you’re just not up for at the moment. Whether it’s heartburn, sore feet, or general exhaustion, don’t be shy about letting people know when you’re just not able to join in the holiday fun.

Make plans you’ll really enjoy

While the holidays tend to be packed with things we enjoy doing and those we don’t necessarily enjoy, you’ll be far more likely to enjoy the season if you make plans you’ll really enjoy. Even if your plans include most things that can be done from the couch, like drinking hot chocolate, reading a good book, or watching holiday movies, you’ll rock this season if you’re excited about the things you plan!

Don’t be shy about asking friends and family to come to you

Even if you’re usually the one who travels and staying home would break tradition, it’s important to let your friends and family know that life would be easier this holiday season if they came to you. It also wouldn't hurt to only invite those you’re comfortable enough with to leave the house a mess, order take out, and relax while wearing your maternity sweatpants with.Whether your doctor has advised you to avoid travel or not, those who love you should understand your preference to stay home.

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Be present and enjoy this season of ‘lasts’

Whether the baby you’re carrying is your first, your second, or your last, pause when you can and enjoy this season of ‘lasts.’ This may be your last holiday as a couple, your last as a family of three, or your last ever as a pregnant mama. Taking time to appreciate the quiet moments this season will help you enjoy the moments as you live them.

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How to Enjoy the Holidays as a Very Pregnant Mama

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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