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Attending a Function When Pregnant

Posted on 4/12/2012 in Style

When you’re pregnant, partying isn’t usually the first thing on your mind. You can’t drink, you can’t wolf down just any party appetiser, and you certainly won’t want to bust too many moves on the dance floor -- especially if you’re heavily pregnant. While some of the fun and games may be off limits to partying pregnant women, it doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t go to parties at all. You just need to prepare properly so that you still have a good time without overdoing it. The following are some tips that will help you get the most out of social events while pregnant.

Be careful what you eat

While it may be difficult to find out the exact ingredients that went into the party food, there are some obvious things to watch out for. For instance, any food that is raw or has blue in it should be avoided. Watch out for undercooked meat, eggs and blue-veined or mould-ripened soft cheeses, as well as paté or fish. Peanuts should also be approached with caution. If you’re on a strict pregnancy diet, then you could always call the host/hostess ahead of time and describe your particular needs, or you could simply bring your own snacks.

Bring a fun drink

Just because you can’t drink alcohol it doesn’t mean you’re stuck with water. Skip out on the cocktails, and instead see if you can whip up some equally as tasty “mocktails”. This will help you feel like you’re still part of the festivities while also making the healthy and safe choice. If you’re worried about what will be available for you to drink at the event, then don’t be afraid to bring your own mixers.

Pick a spot

When heavily pregnant, no one is going to expect you to run around during the party to socialise and mingle. Instead, pick a spot where you can put your feet up and settle into a comfortable position, and socialise from there. No one will judge you, and chances are good that people will come and visit you throughout the night.

Dress comfortably

Dressing appropriately will make the difference between having a comfortable or an uncomfortable night out. Luckily, there are so many fabulous maternity clothes out there that you can still dress to the nines even with a huge belly. A maternity dress is probably the most comfortable way to go, or you can make a fashion statement by wearing black tights and a loose, flowing tunic overtop. Whatever you choose, make sure you won’t feel restricted and that you’ll have plenty of layers to take off or put on if you experience wild temperature changes.

Have an escape route planned

Even if you feel like you have heaps of energy to go out and have a fun time at an event, the chances are pretty good that you’ll get tired faster than you normally would. That’s why it’s helpful to have an escape route planned, as you can leave as soon as you start to feel tired or sore. Attend the event with a friend or partner who will be ready to take you home whenever you need to go.

Going out while pregnant can still be a lot of fun, as long as you make a plan to ensure you stay happy and comfortable.


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