Rocking Your Pregnancy on New Year’s Eve

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New Year’s Eve will be here soon. So let’s talk babies!

Wearing only a diaper, top hat, and silky sash, the sweet cherub known as “Baby New Year” has symbolized the birth of the New Year and the passing of the old one since the early 1900s. That’s when the Saturday Evening Post started showcasing the smiling toddler on the cover of every year-end edition for almost 150 years.

But this year, there’s another baby waiting to light up your world. And it’s yours! With a baby onboard, you might want to rethink how you celebrate this New Year’s Eve. For example, attempting to stay upright on a pair of sparkly stilettos, eating your fill of exotic finger foods, and dancing the night away until the stroke of midnight may not be the best choices.

Not to worry. With a little knowledge and a few smart strategies, you can still ring in the New Year in style and comfort.

What to Wear

Let’s focus on your feet. When you’re pregnant, your body retains extra fluid. That and the pressure from your growing baby are what cause your feet and ankles to swell, especially toward the end of the day. It’s normal. And it just gets worse the closer you get to your due date.

Some people find wearing high heels uncomfortable whether they’re pregnant or not. So just imagine your poor swollen feet crammed into a pair of heels as you get ready to go out on New Year’s Eve.

Then trying to balance your weight – and your baby’s – to stay upright and not fall. Not fun and more than a little dangerous.

Here’s the solution: Look for a pair of dressy flats in a size that can comfortably support your (swollen) feet without pinching or rubbing. These days, it’s easy to find stylish and sparkly jeweled flats that will match your favorite party outfit. And the only thing better than having the happiest feet at the party will be the envious looks you get from other guests wearing high heels. Score!

What to Drink

As you already know, drinking alcohol during pregnancy may put your unborn baby at risk for a wide range of serious birth defects. The official position of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Medical Association (AMA) is this: “There is no known safe amount of alcohol that you can consume if you are pregnant.”

Here’s the gray area. You can find beer and wine products labeled “alcohol free” (alcohol content ranging from 0% to .05%) just about everywhere. But what you can’t find are any official statements from ACOG, the AMA, or other medical experts about whether these products are safe to drink during pregnancy. Our best advice is to talk with your health care provider before deciding whether “alcohol free” beer or wine is right for you.

You’ll still have plenty of options. With fruit juice, flavored sparking water, and virgin cocktail mix on hand, it’s fun and easy to whip up your own “mocktails.” Search online for mocktail recipes ranging from easy-peasy to wildly exotic, then get creative! And remember this: Almost anything you can sip tastes better from an elegant cut crystal glass.

Nap First, Party Later

If you’re in your first or last trimester, your get-up-and-go may have temporarily gotten-up-and-gone. Pregnancy fatigue is very real, so staying up past midnight might be a challenge. The best option to stay awake long enough to ring in the New Year is to take a midday nap.

If you’re going out to dinner or a party, the extra rest will give you more energy and help you feel more festive. And if you’re staying home with your sweetie, you’ll be a little less likely to be the first person to fall asleep on the couch.

What to Eat

If you’re going to a New Year’s Eve party, odds are there will be food on the buffet table that your health care provider has told you might be dangerous to you or your baby: for example, deli meats, pâté, raw fish/sushi, undercooked or smoked meat or fish, or unpasteurized cheeses, including that lovely brie.

To avoid being tempted by buffet table no-nos, it’s smart to eat a nutritious (and filling!) meal before you go to the party. Another option is to pack an emergency KIND bar, mini Babybel cheeses, or a snack pack of nuts in your sparkly little party purse. You know, the one that goes with your sparkly little party flats.

Keeping It Simple

So now you know how to dress up, drink up, rest up, and snack before heading out to party hearty with friends and family. But if you’re someone who’s happier avoiding crowds on major holidays, New Year’s Eve is also a perfect night to pamper yourself with some of life’s simple pleasures. Like taking a warm bath, snuggling up on the couch in comfy sweats and slippers, ordering a pizza, and queuing up your favorite movie.

Whatever makes you (and your growing baby) feel safe and happy throughout the holiday season is exactly what you should do. Happy New Year from your friends at Baby Academy!

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