WHY BEING PREGNANT IN WINTER CAN BE WONDERFUL

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By Lisamarie Lamb

Being pregnant in Winter doesn’t fill everyone with joy.

The festive season comes with lots of celebrations, but don’t focus on the things (prosecco, late night parties, dancing on the tables) that you’re missing out on.

Instead, let’s talk about why being pregnant in winter – despite everyone else partying hard - can be wonderful.

The Food

Winter and food (lots and lots of food) go together like pepperoni and pizza, like cookies and chocolate chips, like turkey and all the trimmings. Being pregnant means that not only can you eat your fill, but people will be encouraging you to do so. No more feeling guilty that you intend to eat an entire plate of canapes.

No more worrying what people will think when you ask for seconds. And thirds. When you are pregnant, everyone knows you’re eating for two, so you probably won’t even have to ask; your plate will continue to be loaded.

Clearing Away

No matter how perfect a Christmas dinner is, clearing up afterwards is no one’s favourite thing to do. When you’re pregnant, you won’t be expected to help. You can sit with your feet up nursing another mince pie and let the rest of your family and friends tidy up around you. So remember – when you’re told to sit down and relax - don’t argue. Just listen and make the most of it. Next year you won’t get away so lightly.

The Parties

Some people love parties and can’t wait to get their invitation to the office do. Some people, however, would prefer not to have to deal with them. Yet we all feel obligated and if we can’t find a good enough excuse we have to get dressed up and go and spend time with people we see quite enough of already.

Being pregnant during the Christmas party season is the ultimate excuse not to go if you don’t fancy it. Stay home where it’s warm and cosy, and where you don’t have to wear heels (unless you want to) binge-watching the latest Netflix sensation.

Of course, if you do want to go, there’s nothing really stopping you, so if parties are your thing, enjoy!

The Weather

Winter in the UK means it’s going to be cold but pregnant women tend to have a much higher body temperature than normal. One cancels out the other, so for once, you can feel comfortable. If you do go out, you won’t (necessarily) have to wrap up quite as warmly as everyone else, and that makes moving about, driving, using public transport a whole lot easier – it’s just your bump you need to look out for, not your many layers of clothing.

At night, you should be able to sleep relatively well. Making a little human isn’t the most comfortable of jobs, but it’s these little things – like being at a just right temperature – that count.

The Sales

Everything to do with babies seems to cost money. There is so much gear to get, so many cute toys and clothes and gadgets and gizmos. They’re not all necessary, but there is a fine line between want and need and if you’re pregnant at Christmas you can use the ensuing January sales to snag some fantastic bargains for your little one. With the money you save, you can indulge in a pregnancy massage, a manicure or an enormous pizza. Whatever makes you happy.

What’s your favourite thing about being pregnant in the winter?