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How to help your pregnant partner during the holidays

With the holiday season now in full swing, it’s normal to not only feel excitement and anticipation but also stress — for some people, a lot of stress. And if you happen to also be pregnant during this time, the holidays can feel like a marathon that seems impossible to survive. If you’ve got a pregnant partner during this holiday season, here are some great ideas to help her out. Consider these tips a gift from us to you during the holiday season. Trust us, she will thank you!

Help her deck the halls. Decorating can be fun, but it can also be really tricky when you’ve got a big belly in the way. Ask first (since some women really enjoy being in charge of the holiday décor!), and if she gives you the thumbs up, be as helpful as you can with decorating. Get out all the heavy boxes, and put up the outside lights without asking. She will definitely appreciate not having to balance on a ladder to get the lights hung in the windows (and so will your future baby!).

Ask before committing to parties or hosting big events. Holiday brunches, dinners, and gatherings can be great fun, but they can also leave a pregnant mama running ragged. Always check before committing, and if you are at a party and your partner looks exhausted, don’t be grumpy if she asks to make an early exit. Before you offer to host your entire family for Christmas, be sure to see if your partner is on board. She may want to have a more low-key holiday before the baby shows up. Having a smaller Christmas before kids take over might even be more enjoyable than a big, festive family Christmas.

Take the reins with Christmas dinner. Again, always check before assuming your partner wants help with this, but offering to not only cook but also to prep and shop for your holiday dinner might be the best gift a pregnant gal can ask for. Take advantage of the last baby-free holiday you’ll have for a long time, and make a nice, delicious grown-up meal (complete with dessert, of course).

Set up a comfortable gift wrapping station. Bending down to wrap presents on the floor is never comfortable, and it’s even less so with a baby belly in the way. Set up a folding table complete with wrapping paper, tape, tags, and a space for nice cup of tea to show your partner that you care about her comfort. She will definitely thank you (and this may mean some extra presents for you!). 

Give her a day off to relax. Even when you try to keep things simple, the holidays can still get out of hand. What better way to help your partner recharge than an all-day retreat at a spa where she gets to rest and pamper herself? If the budget is tight, even sending her off for a quick mani-pedi will guarantee she gets some much needed down time.

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About Dr. Jennifer Lincoln, Bundoo OB/GYN

Dr. Jennifer Lincoln is a board-certified generalist obstetrician/gynecologist and attending physician in Portland, Oregon. She primarily works on labor and delivery, and has recently become as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

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