How to Navigate the Holidays with an Unexpected Pregnancy

The holidays always hold that special element of wonder. But discovering you’re unexpectedly pregnant this holiday season may not be the surprise you were hoping for. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the thought of navigating the holidays in the midst of a pregnancy crisis, take a look at these simple tips on how to enjoy this season for all it has to offer.

Manage Expectations

The holidays are typically filled with lots of gatherings. Pregnancy can take a massive toll on your body and may leave you feeling extra tired,  physically and emotionally.

Managing your and your family’s expectations is key. It’s okay to decline an invitation if you’re exhausted and need to rest. Setting boundaries can ward off feelings of resentment that may arise from overscheduling this holiday season.

This season will be different, but it can still be wonderful! 

Have A Game Plan

In the early stages of pregnancy, your body is still adjusting to all the hormonal changes necessary to support a pregnancy. This may cause you to feel queasy, bloated, and irritable. Close friends and family may notice differences in your appearance, appetite, or attitude and begin to ask questions. 

If you have shared your pregnancy news, they may even ask personal questions about your plans for the pregnancy or who the father is. 

Planning ahead for these kinds of questions can bring a sense of calm and confidence. Think of the different things your friends and family may ask, and have your answers ready. Is the food at the party making you queasy?  It’s okay to say you aren’t really hungry at the moment.

Remember, you never have to share anything that you don’t want to. You have a right to privacy just like anyone else does. Protect that when needed. 

Finding Your Inner Circle

Having people in your corner to support you is the best way to find joy this holiday season.

At A Friend For You, the process begins by pairing you with one of our trusted volunteers who will walk with you during this season of pregnancy. She will be a friend you can count on to grab a meal with, to share frustrations or questions with, and to be there for you when you need it most. 

To begin the process, simply call or text (970) 481-4787, or you can also find us on social media. You don’t have to navigate this holiday season alone. Find a friend for you, here