Finding out you’re unexpectedly pregnant around the holidays can be very challenging. In addition to managing some of your symptoms, you might wonder what you will say at family gatherings.

Here are some tips for this holiday season!

1. Take Care of Yourself

Early pregnancy symptoms can include fatigue, food aversions, and nausea. You may not feel like yourself as your body adjusts to hormonal changes.

Listen to your body and how you feel. Making adjustments could help you feel better or manage some of your symptoms.
For instance, instead of eating a large holiday dinner at one time, small frequent meals could help with nausea. Maybe instead of shopping all day, you choose to shop in the afternoon.
Getting a good night’s rest, drinking plenty of water, exercising, and eating a nutritious diet can help you feel better during this time.

2. Give Yourself Grace

While you take time to practice self-care, you might feel disappointed you aren’t feeling 100%. It’s okay. Give yourself grace this holiday season.
Try to plan activities you enjoy. Maybe a holiday movie night, going to a light display, or decorating gingerbread houses would better fit how you feel this year.

3. Confide in Someone You Trust

Keeping all your emotions bottled up can feel isolating. Instead, choose to confide in a trusted friend or relative.
While it’s tempting to keep your news to yourself, it’s important not to go through this pregnancy alone. We can also support you in a confidential setting.

4. Decide What You Will Share with Others

Choose how much or how little you’ll say about your pregnancy at events with friends, family, or acquaintances. If you’re not ready, you don’t have to share your pregnancy details whenever someone asks, “What’s new with you?”
Sharing about your job, school, or anything else new in your life can answer the question while helping you stay comfortable. Planning can ease your mind and reduce your stress.

Here for You During the Holidays

Visit Rockingham Pregnancy Care Center for early pregnancy services and support. We can help by providing a safe environment to process your feelings and understand your options.

Schedule a free and confidential appointment today.