Christmas is approaching, and you have an extra reason to be looking forward to your future — you're expecting a baby. Each phase of your pregnancy brings new experiences: from nausea and vomiting in the beginning, to a burgeoning belly in the second trimester, to outgrowing your clothes as you near the end. These physical challenges can make planning and celebrating Christmas a chore, instead of a delight.
Take it easy
First off, don't take on more than you can handle. If you usually host Christmas dinner, take another family member up on her offer to do it this year, or turn it into a potluck instead of you having to do it all. Enlist your partner to do the shopping and wrapping, or shop online and have them wrap the gifts for you.
Buy a gift for your baby
Even if your baby isn't due for six more months, a small gift under the tree will be a cheerful reminder of your future family member. If you have older kids, they can choose a small toy or article of clothing to wrap too.
Enjoy your favorites
Peppermint can help tame nausea, so keep candy canes nearby. Peppermint or ginger tea can also help, and they can make your home smell of the holidays too, which is an extra bonus. If nausea is no longer bothering you, keep a small dish of your favorite treats nearby. As long as you're not suffering from gestational diabetes, a square or two of chocolate won't hurt and it can boost your mood.
See the lights
If you aren't up to decorating the outside of your house this year, buckle up and go on a light sightseeing tour of your city or nearby town. Many public parks dress up for the holidays, or take a spin down quiet neighborhood streets to see the displays.
Even though you may not feel like doing much participating on your own, you can certainly enjoy Christmas in other ways that will cheer you up.