The holidays are upon us, but let’s face it; while hopefully very fun and memorable – the weeks ahead can be super stressful! Unfortunately, pregnancy doesn’t always spare you from your share of that joyous stress. Thanksgiving is full of family, friends, and good food, but even without the added strain of a fetus growing inside of you, it is exhausting.
If possible, let someone else host Thanksgiving this year. No one is going to blame you if you don’t feel like cooking a large holiday meal. If your place is where everyone gathers, try having guests bring a dish that means Thanksgiving to them.
This is NOT the time to channel your inner Martha Stewart. You need to do whatever makes Thanksgiving the least stressful for you. Instead of starched linen, use butcher paper as a table cloth, and supply crayons so everyone can write what they are thankful for directly on the table (how creative are you?), and there is no ironing and no clean up!
We would never suggest that a pregnant woman avoid indulgences on Thanksgiving; however, there are a few foods it’s best to avoid when expecting. The stuffing inside the turkey may not reach a high enough temperature to kill all bacteria. (Just bake it to an internal temperature of 165 degrees outside of the bird.) Also, resist the urge to taste the raw brownie batter. (Uncooked eggs may carry salmonella.)
Finally, try to relax and enjoy Thanksgiving as much as you can. This can be a tough holiday for pregnant women because food is not always your friend. Don’t overdo it, and try to be thankful for the gift of pregnancy! You can also take solace in the fact that you won’t be the one who has too much wine and ends up with a lampshade on your head. Happy Thanksgiving!