Always plan and choose your activities according to your level of energy and stage of pregnancy. And it never hurts to prepare a to-do list.
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If you need to go Christmas shopping, plan and start your day early with time to rest in between. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get the perfect gift this year. Don’t forget to take frequent breaks if you need to as being on your feet for too long can leave you feeling exhausted.
Try to have small breaks for snacks. You don’t want to suffer from heartburn. It’s also important to stay hydrated so always keep a bottle of water with you.
This simply means you should stop when you start to feel tired. Look after your body and avoid any sort of physical and emotional strain on yourself, advises Daniel Koh, a psychologist from Insights Mind Centre.
Learn to Delegate
Ask for help when needed and let others pamper you. Consider having your own time away from all the fuss, which will allow you some time to de-stress.
Do what makes you happy. It is completely okay to be a little selfish. Pull out the
pregnancy card. This is one of the few times that you will be excused.
Don’t Overdo It
If you’re not up to it, your annual Christmas lunch or dinner could take a back seat this year or you could have someone else do the hosting this year. It is important to recognise that pregnancy is an added strain. You may not be able to do all the things that you normally do in addition to being pregnant. So take it easy when you can, stresses Koh.
Since it’s Christmas, you will probably get the most of your exercise from walking, because you will most likely find yourself heading from shop to shop while ticking off your Christmas gift list. As long as you don’t overdo it, it’s safe and it gets you out for some fresh air. Remember to drink plenty of water, even though you may not feel like you are sweating.
Catch Up on Sleep
It is not possible to lay down rules about the amount of rest to be taken in pregnancy. It is not the same with everyone. Sleeping enough would mean having a good eight hours of sleep every night.
Be sensible and dress practically. Wear what you want. You will look gorgeous no matter what. Enjoy the time and attention on you.
Get your nails done or get your partner to massage your feet, your shoulders and your back while you watch the television. Definitely a perk of being the one who is carrying the baby!
If you cannot keep up, it is okay to excuse yourself and have a lie-down. Loved ones and friends will understand. Your batteries need recharging so that you will have more energy for later on. Let your partner take over for a while, advises Koh.