Christmas; a time of parties, drinks and dancing. But what about when you’re pregnant? Here are some top tips on how to survive the Christmas party season when you're pregnant
It's coming up to Christmas, everyone's out partying and you're pregnant. It may seem at first like you have to miss out on all the festive fun, but being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to sit at home each night in your maternity pyjamas (unless you want to, of course!).
While it's true that alcohol and some food might be off the menu, it doesn't mean that you can't enjoy yourself. If it's your first baby especially, it's a great opportunity to enjoy yourself before it all changes.
So here's six tips on how survive the party season when you're pregnant:
Keeping your early pregnancy a secret: If you’re at the early stages of pregnancy and not quite ready to tell the world, read our guide to keeping your early pregnancy a secret from your eagle-eyed friends
What to eat from the Christmas menu: But once you're an out-and-proud-pregnant, make sure you're aware of what you can and can't eat when you're pregnant, which also - sadly - extends to canapés. There is lots you can still tuck into though; remember anything vegetarian is a safe bet. And while most soft cheese is a no, you can eat stilton and also baked cheese like runny camembert (yum!)
And what you *can* drink at Christmas: Don't just stick to boring lemonade. Most bars will also make you non-alcoholic versions of cocktails, or investigate flavoured sparkling water alternatives.
Pregnancy Christmas style: A bump doesn't mean you have to wear something frumpy and unflattering. Buy one nice dress that makes you feel really good. Go for a fairly simple one that you can wear with different statement necklaces and tops. Seraphine, Isabella Oliver and Top Shop are all great places to start.
It's different...but think of the positives: Alcohol is pretty much off the menu, but think of the positives. You won't wake up with a hangover, and for once it will be someone else who does something embarrassing everyone's talking about the next day.
And finally...You’re pregnant, not ill. Stay up as late as you want, or as long as you can keep your eyes open or cope with the effects when everyone else hits the free bar and gets merry. Have a disco nap beforehand if you're tired. And leave whenever you feel like it - you have a perfect excuse!