Holidays & Culture
September 16, 2023
'Tis the season to be jolly, and what could be more joyful than celebrating the holidays while expecting a new addition to your family? If you find yourself with a growing belly during this festive time of year, it's the perfect opportunity to infuse your holiday season with extra warmth, love, and anticipation. Let's explore the beauty of celebrating the holidays while pregnant(from personal experience) and how to make this special time even more memorable.
Embrace the Glow
First things first, you're glowing, girl! Why not show it off? Treat yourself to some fabulous maternity fashion that highlights that adorable bump of yours. Whether it's a chic holiday dress or comfy knit sweaters for lounging, let your style radiate your unique holiday spirit. I myself was pregnant during the holidays and I found dressing up to be so much fun with my bump! I found this gem on Amazon (sized up to a Large) and paired it with some Louboutin boots, because balance. Buy it here
Holiday Feast for Two
The holidays are all about indulging in delicious treats, and when you're pregnant, you have every reason to savor the flavors of the season. Cravings may come and go, so don't hesitate to treat yourself to your favorite holiday dishes. From classic roast dinners to sweet treats like gingerbread cookies and eggnog, relish in the festive flavors that make this time of year so special. This might have been my favorite part of being pregnant during the holidays, I was also able to avoid having to help out in the kitchen, so if that's a plus for you how it was for me, enjoy that feeling of being absolutely zero help(by choice of course). I was also pregnant in Miami so I had all the Ice Cream I wanted (as pictured below)
Amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, it's essential to take time for self-care, especially when you're expecting. Consider booking a prenatal spa day to soothe tired muscles and promote relaxation. You can also indulge in a cozy night in with a warm bath, scented candles, and a good book. Prioritizing self-care during the holidays will help you stay refreshed and energized. I opted for a 10K as my "self-care" moment during Thanksgiving, because not only am I insane but I was actually really excited to continue our family tradition of running our local Turkey Trot every year.
Baby's First Ornament
Start a heartwarming tradition by getting an ornament that symbolizes this special holiday season and your growing family. Personalize it with your expected due date or your baby's name if you've chosen one. Each year as you decorate the tree, you'll be reminded of the joy and anticipation you felt during this time. We found some cute options that you can check out on Amazon. Shop on Amazon
Announce with Love
If you haven't shared your pregnancy news with everyone yet, the holidays can be the perfect occasion for a heartwarming announcement. Make sure to start your baby page so you can make sharing baby updates very easy for friends and family (specially during this busy season). You can create a personalized baby website at Villie and it also happens to be a great way to share your holiday photos, multiple registries, and baby shower info. Consider creative ways to reveal the exciting news, like gifting grandparents-to-be with baby booties or incorporating the announcement into your holiday cards or maybe even coming over for dinner with these wine bottles for the family and surprising them with more reasons to celebrate! Shop on Amazon.
Reflect and Connect
As you celebrate the holidays while pregnant, take moments to reflect on the journey ahead and connect with your partner. Write heartfelt letters to your baby or create a holiday journal to capture your thoughts and feelings during this unique time. Building a stronger connection with your partner can help you both prepare for the changes ahead and spend time with loved ones. This is me with my mom and cousin at a full moon yoga meditation class where I was able to enjoy a full moon ritual with journaling and meditation. My water broke the next day and I have yet to attend another full moon yoga class. So make sure and take some time to rest, reflect and connect, Matrescence awaits. 🌟👶💕. A major life change that is about to birth a version of yourself that you've prepared your entire life to become.
Finally, remember to cherish every moment of this holiday season while expecting. Attend holiday gatherings with loved ones, share stories, and create lasting memories. Take plenty of photos to document this unique chapter in your life, and embrace the joy and love that surround you during this time. This is me on a panel during Art Basel in Miami (that's in December) - doing what I love with the people I love rooting me on. Being pregnant did not stop me from these moments, if anything it made me want to soak everything in one last time (until the day I come back to this again). For now, I like speaking engagements in front of my newborn and sharing my knowledge with an audience of one.
Celebrating the holidays while expecting is a magical experience that adds an extra layer of warmth and anticipation to the season. Embrace your pregnancy glow, savor holiday delights, and create meaningful traditions that celebrate both the festivities and the new life growing within you. This holiday season is not just about presents and decorations; it's about the precious gift of life that you're eagerly awaiting. Wishing you a holiday season filled with love, joy, and beautiful moments of pregnancy. And if you happen to be in a hot place during the holidays, don't be afraid to just bust out the bikini, because it's hot and so are you! 🎁🤰🎄✨
Friends & Family
September 30, 2023
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