Pregnancy and the festive season – What to expect when you’re expecting!

Published 13th December 2020 | Dr Ujwala Parashar

The holiday season is well upon us and whilst there is excitement all around for the upcoming fun and festivities, growing a healthy, happy baby is going to be your top priority.

The festive season is generally a pretty crazy time with lots of people to see, places to go and the expectation to do it all! However, when you are pregnant, and especially if it’s your first baby, this is going to be the last time for a while that you can be truly self-indulgent – before you have a new little someone to completely indulge in.


This year - possibly more than ever, there is going to be a deep need to spend quality time with family and friends, to celebrate and make the most of the holiday season. Placing an emphasis on physical and mental wellbeing, COVID safe practices and moderation will be key to getting the most out of this special time of year and keeping you and your baby safe and well.


Eat, drink and be merry


·      Be sure to remind your hosting family about what foods you need to avoid and to take extra care with food handling and storage.

·      Reflux and indigestion can be difficult to manage when there is so much to do, so stash a few suitable antacids in every bag and pace yourself! 

·      Enjoy a delicious mocktail or glass of refreshing non-alcoholic bubbly to join in the festivities.

·      You may have to pass on the cheese, charcuterie and pav, but enjoy the goodies and homemade treats that you can have – like Grandma’s decadent choc chip cookies!

·      Don’t forget the healthy eating options too – you and your baby require nurturing and nourishment now more than ever. Fruit and veges, healthy grains, protein and calcium rich food are required daily to grow your happy and healthy baby and to protect you and keep you safe. 

·      Keep up the hydration – drink lots of water and healthy fruit and vege juices for those extra vitamins and keeping up energy levels.


Rest, rest and more rest


·      Rather than be tempted to help, take advantage of all the support around you at this time and get some extra rest, especially during the warmer days.

·      Don’t feel guilty about taking a back-seat and not helping with chores or if others are cleaning and washing up more than you.

·      Enjoy a swim where medically suitable to ease pain and to cool down.

·      Maintaining a healthy level of exercise during this time can also assist with rest and recovery. So, keep up your exercise routine, whatever it is that works for you, to help you stay healthy and feel your best.

·      Whilst sleep is important for everyone, quality rest and recuperation when pregnant is paramount for healthy growth and recovery. So grab any opportunity for that precious nap time whenever you can.


Travel plans – near or far


·      When travelling, be prepared and take snacks, water, cooling wipes and sanitiser so you can keep up hygiene and stay fed and hydrated on longer journeys.

·      Whether travelling short or longer distances, seek out local medical services so you know who to contact in the case of an emergency.

·      If planning on travelling longer distances, consult your doctor first, especially if you are considered at higher risk.

·      Ensure you have any necessary travel insurance that covers any pregnancy related medical care, including care for the baby if required.

·      Ask family and friends to come to you this year where possible. Share the load and remember, it’s all about you!


Above all during the festive season, slow down, pace yourself and enjoy your pregnancy during this special time of year. Ask for help before you need it, rest, and look after you and your precious cargo.

Dr Ujwala Parashar, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Sam Samant

Dr Ujwala Parashar is a highly trained female obstetrician and gynaecologist with over 15 years of professional experience and training, practicing in Sydney's North Shore and Barangaroo. If you would like more information on conception, or if you are seeking obstetric options and advice, please contact us or call 1300 811 827 to arrange a consultation with her.