Happy New Year’s Eve! The end of 2018 has finally arrived, and soon we will be in 2019, ready to take on the unexpected. A new year is like a completely blank book, full of empty pages just waiting to be written on. And if you’re a pregnant mother on New Year’s Eve, then you can expect your pages in 2019 won’t be written on… instead they will likely be colored on, painted on or even pooped on.
But before we go there, let’s talk about New Year’s Eve. After all, the parties on NYE can be fun, classy and full of things to drink. But if you’re pregnant, can you still have a party as the clock strikes midnight? Of course! Just because you’re expecting doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all of the fun. Here are some ideas for surviving (and thriving) on New Year’s Eve while expecting.
Host a pajama party.
When you’re pregnant, almost every piece of clothing feels uncomfortable. Things pinch, ride up or sag down. But, what if you could avoid all of the fuss this New Year’s Eve? Host a pajama party for your close girlfriends to all get together in their pjs and spend the night. Make it fun by having a tackiest, funniest or silliest pajama competition to see who really goes all out. Plan some manicures, pedicures and even facials to do together. You will have so much fun with an old-fashioned pajama party, you won’t miss the ritzy New Year’s Eve parties for a moment.
Go on a short vacation.
If you’re able to travel, consider taking time this New Year’s Eve to go on a short vacation with your significant other. Rather than worry about which parties you’ll go to or what to drink, avoid the fuss all together by relaxing on vacation. After all, after the delivery you and your spouse might not get very many opportunities to be alone together, so why not take advantage of the time now? Pick somewhere to go on the map, have the plans approved by your doctor and head out on an adventure!
Binge watch movies.
On the other hand, you could always stay home and relax during New Year’s Eve. Pick out your favorite movies to binge watch and have a movie marathon, either by yourself, with your spouse or invite other close friends and family. For an added bonus, embrace the movie junk food by including gourmet popcorn, candy and lots and lots of chocolate. After the movies, you could even have a quick trivia game to see who picked up on the most tidbits throughout the film. A movie marathon is always a great way to spend a relaxing evening with your loved ones and ring in the new year together.
Have a romantic evening.
However, maybe you’re not a “night in” kind of girl—maybe you do want to get all dressed up and spend a night out with your spouse. Then have a romantic evening together just the two of you! Fancier than a movie night, but less expensive than a vacation, a romantic dinner is the perfect way to go out on NYE, but still be home in time to get a good night’s rest. Pick a fancy restaurant and get dressed up, then spend the evening out on the town together, just the two of you. When you come home, you could even ask for a foot rub to top off the end of 2018.
Bring your own food.
Part of the problem with many New Year’s Eve parties is how much alcohol they bring. And if you’re a pregnant mom, then that’s definitely something you want to avoid. But, why not flip the party scene on its head by hosting a BYOF (bring your own food) party? Ask friends or family members to come over and bring some of their favorite food for everyone to enjoy. Then, you can all snack on delicious appetizers or entrees, while watching the ball drop in NYC.
Drink non-alcoholic wine.
And of course, if you really want to go to that New Year’s Eve party, you can, because you have non-alcoholic wine! Pick out your favorite flavors and styles of alcohol-free wine to take a bottle or two with you to the party. Then, you can sip on something delicious and feel included in the party, without having to worry about any alcohol content. Who knows? Your friends and family may just want to try a drink and end up enjoying it, as well.
New Year’s Eve is here, and for new or expecting mothers, this can often create a major challenge. However, just because you’re pregnant or nursing, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun! Keep some of these ideas in mind and see how you can incorporate them in your life, so you survive (and thrive) on New Year’s Eve.