Some Mums’ are delighted by the idea of a Christmas baby – others find the whole idea very daunting, so here’s a rundown of the reality of giving birth at Christmas.
Be confident about the care you’ll receive
Many expectant mothers worry that they might not get the best care over Christmas, but actually, sometimes having a Christmas baby can mean you get more focused on. Why? Because hospitals often don’t schedule planned procedures such as Caesareans and inductions over the Christmas week, which means that staff are free to concentrate on the births that ‘show up’. And there’s an amazing atmosphere that surrounds the arrival of a Christmas baby.
Be aware of your diet
While there’s so much to eat in the Christmas period, it’s a good idea to try to eat little and often rather than feasting. It’s no fun having indigestion in your final trimester, and if you do go into labour, you probably won’t want to have a full stomach!
Being ready for a baby that may or may not arrive over the holidays means having a lot of back-up plans. For example, who’s going to wrap the presents if you’re out of action? Which holiday traditions do you need to deputise and to whom? When you pack your to go bag, do you need to include a couple of Christmas specials just for yourself? One of our maternity nurses makes a little stocking for any expected Christmas arrival, including a bauble and a gold pen so that the new mum can write baby’s arrival day and time on the decoration and and the family can hang it on the tree.
Stressing about the holidays, carrying piles of shopping, skipping meals and staying up late will all contribute to you feeling out of control and that, in turn, adds to the stress you feel and can cause you to believe you’re not doing the best for your baby. Plan to spend most of your time in a comfortable chair and work out what chores you can do with a tray on your lap and some relaxing music in the background.
While many families go away for Christmas, this is the one year you need to stay home, if you don’t want to be giving birth in the car or in an unknown hospital many miles from home! It’s also not a great idea to have people coming to stay – unless you’re really happy that they will be the kind of company you want around if you go into labour.