With the holidays right around the corner, you may be feeling the pressure of how your family and friends will react to the news of your pregnancy. 

If you are debating whether or not to disclose the news, managing your symptoms while being involved with holiday activities can still add to the stress. 

Read this article for how to take care of yourself, draw appropriate boundaries, and prioritize self-care during a hectic holiday season with an unplanned pregnancy.

Consider Timing

Reflect on if or when you want to share the news of your pregnancy with your family during the holiday season.

Some women prefer to wait until after the holidays to disclose an unplanned pregnancy because the response can be overwhelming. Consider what feels suitable for you and your specific circumstances.

Prioritize Self-Care

The holiday season brings a flurry of activities and obligations. You may be seeing friends or family members you don’t see very often and who have many questions about your pregnancy. 

Naturally, this can be stressful, so prioritize your physical and emotional well-being by ensuring you get enough sleep, reduce stress, eat nutritious meals, and participate in holiday activities you enjoy.

Set Boundaries

During the holiday season, there may be pressure to attend family gatherings or participate in traditions you may not be comfortable with. 

Setting boundaries is okay by communicating your needs and preferences to your loved ones. Feel free to decline invitations or modify your participation if it feels overwhelming.

Next Steps

The holidays can be challenging. With family obligations, activities, parties, and adding an unplanned pregnancy to the mix, it’s understandable if you feel overwhelmed!

At Options for Women St. Croix Valley, we provide a calm, compassionate environment where you can learn more about your pregnancy and options. We are also a safe space where you can talk through any concerns and get emotional support. 

Contact us today to schedule an options consultation!

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