With Christmas and New Years’ Eve approaching, there will be a lot of party invites from friends, family, and even work. Holidays always pose a challenge when you are a surrogate mother having a baby for excited Intended Parents. Here are a few minor adjustments you can make before attending holiday parties that will help you and the baby.
Just because you are pregnant does not mean you can’t enjoy yourself. While your drink options are a little more limited, there are lots of tasty and fun mocktails that will make for great substitutes for alcoholic drinks. Some examples include ciders (non-alcoholic, of course!), a cranberry spritzer, or a virgin of your usual favorites. You can always ask the party’s bartender for their recommendations.
We know holiday buffets can be very tempting. While at an event with a buffet, try to continue to eat well by balancing savory treats with healthy options. Don’t be afraid to turn food offers down as well—just because someone insists you take seconds doesn’t mean you have to.
Don’t Skip Meals
While balanced eating is important, it’s equally as important to not skip any meals. The baby needs regular feedings around the clock.
Get Plenty of Rest
Don’t overdo it. It’s easy to say yes to every holiday event, but it’s also important to give your body time to rest. Most doctors recommend that pregnant women get between 8 and 10 hours of sleep per night. Lack of rest can lead to many health risks, including an increased risk of miscarriage.
Remember—you are giving the greatest possible gift to the Intended Parents. Once you’ve delivered the baby, you will be able to toast with real champagne and eat everything in sight (or not!). In the meantime, party like a pregnant rock star and enjoy the journey of being a fantastic surrogate.
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