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Time seems to fly this time of year, with so much shopping, cleaning, organizing, entertaining, baking and travel planning that goes into the whirlwind of events from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. If you're pregnant during the holidays, your unique physical and emotional experiences that can make the holidays more challenging than usual.
The extra activity might be making you extra tired, especially if you're in your first trimester, or your third (or, if you're baby is just born now and you're immediately post-pregnancy).
You're hungry all the time and surrounded with more high-calorie/low-nutrition foods than usual—which puts a strain on your pregnancy weight control efforts and can cause heartburn and digestive troubles. Fun times.
Speaking of weight control, you're feeling large and unattractive and totally un-enthralled with trying to dress your pregnant body. Putting on pantyhose while pregnant? No easy feat.
Topping it off, your hormones are nutty, going up, down and round and round. Television commercials, holiday specials, shopping snafus, being late to a dinner or party—it's amazing what makes you cry these days.
Hang in there, mom-to-be. You're normal and you deserve some TLC. Use the following tips to feel better, look better and win as a pregnant woman this holiday season.
With ideas to help you glow from your fingers to your toes, here are 5 ways to glow through the holidays while pregnant.
Maxi dresses will do the trick for most body types, lengthening your silhouette and flaunting your top curves while downplaying the bottom ones. Pair a maternity maxi with long earrings or a long necklace and low heels or even flats.
Women who are either petite or who have smaller frames and long legs will stun in shorter, tighter maternity dresses paired with heels and statement jewelry.
Whether the fattier foods are to blame or the stress from family togetherness or just plain eating too much at the holiday table, heartburn is likely to strike you this year if you're pregnant. Your stomach is smaller and your digestive system is slower during pregnancy, so large meals with heavy foods are a perfect recipe for causing heartburn in a mom-to-be.
Other holiday ailments that can strike pregnant mamas are:
But guess what? There's a tea for that. And that and that and that.
Organic Mama-to-Be Tea Sampler ($5.97) has four bags each of Organic Heartburn Tea, Organic Peaceful Mama Tea, Organic Morning Wellness Tea and Organic Third Trimester Tea to help you drink up relief and relaxation for whatever holiday ailment strikes.
All the errands and running around, cooking and baking and holiday parties have you on your feet more and, as a result of the added fluid in your pregnant body along with the added time on your feet, your legs and ankles are starting to swell.
This is another way in which long, floor-length maxi dresses come to the rescue! You don't have to wear floor-length dresses everywhere, however. Instead, try an anti-swelling leg and foot lotion made for pregnancy like Happy Legs Aloe Leg Gel ($24).
Sometimes, women see both types of troubles at the same time!
To put your best face forward through the holidays during pregnancy, reach for Pretty Mommies Complete Skin Care System for Pregnant Moms ($119). Suitable for all skin types, the three-step system will keep your skin clear, even its tone, and protect it from free radical damage such as fine lines and spots. Plus, the sunscreen is a fabulous makeup primer, so your foundation or powder will set beautifully as you get ready to head out for holiday parties.
Pretty Mommies skin care is made especially for safe use by women trying to conceive, pregnant, and breastfeeding, with ingredients that won't interfere with your hormones and reproductive system. Watch your hormonal acne or flakiness disappear and get your glow back with Pretty Mommies.
The holidays are a time for extra primping and prettifying, and your fingers and toes are no exception (even if you can't reach your tootsies during pregnancy). Knocked Up Nails nail polish ($10) is a "5-Free" brand and then some:
Why introduce even miniscule amounts of carcinogens or reproductive toxins into your bloodstream when you can use utterly safe pregnancy alternatives instead?
Knocked Up Nails nail polishes perform better than salon brands and give you peace of mind for all your holiday manicures and pedicures. Find festive colors with holiday sparkle like this red shimmer shade of Rock-a-bye Radiance ($10) and let the holiday preparations begin!