Thanksgiving; oh how we love it but oh, can it be stressful. Hopefully, all pregnant moms will spend the day relaxing while someone else plays chef, hostess and caregiver. However, if that is not an option, here are some useful tips that will help you enjoy the day to its fullest extent.

  1. Try to cook dishes in advance to avoid standing on your feet all day. The pregnant uterus squeezes the veins and prevents the return of blood back to the heart. This causes varicose veins and swollen ankles.
  2. Watch the salt. Salt contains sodium that raises blood pressures and causes the body to hold onto to fluids, thus swelling your legs, ankles, hands and fingers.
  3. Watch the fat, especially red meat and fried foods. The gallbladder processes fat in the body and it doesn’t work as well as well when your pregnant. You don’t want to end up in the emergency room on Thanksgiving Day or night needing emergency surgery for gallstone.
  4. As tempting as they might be, watch those sweets. You don’t want a positive diabetes test at 28 weeks.
  5. Avoid overeating. Your pregnant the stomach simply can’t handle it. It gets squished by the big uterus and it also empties food at a slower pace. The more food you eat, the longer it takes to digest. The stress of the body to digest a large portion of food could potentially cause preterm labor. And let’s not forget about heartburn.
  6. Take a 30-minute walk either before the big meal or afterwards if possible to burn those calories.
  7. Avoid lying down after eating a large meal. Heartburn, heartburn, heartburn.
  8. Avoid soda if possible. Unfortunately, it can cause urinary tract infections.
  9. Want more tips? Check out some food safety tips from CDC http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HolidayFoodSafety/
  10. Finally, relax and enjoy your sacred day. You deserve it.

I wish all my readers a safe and joyous Thanksgiving.