Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Holiday fatigue

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

tired santaWell, the holiday season is coming to a close. We thought we’d share this post from last year about how to combat holiday fatigue if you are pregnant. Happy New Year!!

Holiday season is in full swing—we just have to make it to New Year’s Eve. I am exhausted. Traveling, family, kids, parties—it all adds up to a lot of late nights and early mornings. And if you are pregnant, you may be more tired than usual. This is especially true during the first and third trimesters, when your body is producing new hormones and getting ready for the many changes that will be coming soon.

So what can you do to try to relieve your holiday fatigue? Here are some tips:

  • Rest when you can during the day and try to take a few breaks to renew your energy.
  • Lots of family activities may leave you feeling drained at the end of the day. Go to bed early, if you can.
  • Don’t drink lots of fluids too close to bedtime. Hopefully then, you will not have to get up to go to the bathroom.
  • If you often have heartburn, make sure you do not lie down right after you eat. Try to eat your last meal a few hours before you go to bed.
  • To avoid leg cramps, gently stretch your leg muscles before bedtime.
  • A nice 30 minute walk can refresh and invigorate you (make sure your doctor has said exercise is OK). But do not get too much exercise right before bed.
  • Be sure to drink enough fluids—water is usually best.
  • Deep breathing and meditation can help you find a moment of peace when you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • Try to limit unhealthy snacks. These can drain your energy. Fruits, vegetables, and foods high in iron and protein are good choices.
  • During this busy season, do not forget to take your prenatal vitamin. If you are anemic, ask your provider about an iron supplement.

You can read more about fatigue during pregnancy on our website. And if you have any questions, email us at AskUs@marchofdimes.org.

How to combat holiday fatigue

Friday, December 26th, 2014

tired santaHoliday season is in full swing—we just have to make it to New Year’s Eve. I am exhausted. Traveling, family, kids, parties—it all adds up to a lot of late nights and early mornings. And if you are pregnant, you may be more tired than usual. This is especially true during the first and third trimesters, when your body is producing new hormones and getting ready for the many changes that will be coming soon.

 

So what can you do to try to relieve your holiday fatigue? Here are some tips:

• Rest when you can during the day and try to take a few breaks to renew your energy.

• Lots of family activities may leave you feeling drained at the end of the day. Go to bed early, if you can.

• Don’t drink lots of fluids too close to bedtime. Hopefully then, you will not have to get up to go to the bathroom.

• If you often have heartburn, make sure you do not lie down right after you eat. Try to eat your last meal a few hours before you go to bed.

• To avoid leg cramps, gently stretch your leg muscles before bedtime.

• A nice 30 minute walk can refresh and invigorate you (make sure your doctor has said exercise is OK). But do not get too much exercise right before bed.

• Be sure to drink enough fluids—water is usually best.

• Deep breathing and meditation can help you find a moment of peace when you are feeling overwhelmed.

• Try to limit unhealthy snacks. These can drain your energy. Fruits, vegetables, and foods high in iron and protein are good choices.

• During this busy season, do not forget to take your prenatal vitamin. If you are anemic, ask your provider about an iron supplement.

You can read more about fatigue during pregnancy on our website. And if you have any questions, email us at askus@marchofdimes.org.

Columbus Day

Monday, October 14th, 2013

columbus-dayIf you have the day off and you’re home with your little ones, stop and count your lucky stars. They’ll be asking for the keys to the car before you know it.

Our best to you

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

winter wonderland

During this wintery holiday season, we want to thank all of you for your support of our mission to improve the health of babies. May you all embrace the ones you love, either in person or within your hearts. Sincere best wishes for a healthy, peaceful and caring year ahead.

Nap time for Santa

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

nap-timeMost pregnant women wrestle with fatigue, especially during early and late pregnancy.  If you celebrate Christmas, you’re probably running around putting finishing touches on gifts, dropping cards in the mail, planning meals, coordinating holiday parties… It gets exhausting just thinking about it.

If you’re pregnant, all this holiday hubbub can be really tiring. Don’t forget to plan some down time into your day.  And don’t think sitting still while you wrap a gift or two counts – it doesn’t.  Give yourself permission to chillax, take a snooze.  Pull the shades or drape a facial beanbag over your eyes and get horizontal.  Turn off the phone and cool it with the bell ringing for at least half an hour.  Recharge your batteries (oh, don’t forget to buy batteries for the gizmo!) so you’ve got the energy to enjoy the hustle and bustle.

Holiday shopping on a budget

Monday, December 7th, 2009

63317605_thbThe holiday shopping season is here, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, can help you get ready. Whether you’re shopping at the mall, online, or by phone or mail, these tips can help you shop smart and stay on budget.

Make a list and set a budget. List the people you plan to buy gifts for, the type of gifts you plan to buy, and how much you plan to spend. Include the cost of cash gifts, holiday travel, extra food, wrappings, decorations, greeting cards, and postage. If it relates to the holiday season and it costs money, add it to your budget.

Shop around. A “sale” price isn’t always the “best” price. Some merchants may offer a sale price on the item you want for a limited time; other merchants may offer items at a discount everyday.

Look for price-matching policies. Some merchants will match, or even beat, a competitor’s prices.

Go online. Check out websites that compare prices. If you decide to buy from an online merchant, keep shipping costs and delivery time in mind.

Carefully consider bargain offers that are based on purchases of additional merchandise. For example, “Buy One, Get One Free” or “Free Gift with Purchase.” If you don’t really want or need the item, it’s not a deal.

Clip coupons. Coupons are useful when they save you money on what you’re already planning to buy. Check coupons for any restrictions. For example, do expiration dates apply, or do you have to spend a certain amount before you can use the coupon? Some retailers will accept expired coupons, and even coupons from their competitors. Check with the retailer before you leave home to learn their policy.

Ask about sale adjustments. If you buy an item at regular price and it goes on sale the next week, can you get a credit or refund for the discounted amount?

Consider layaway. Layaway purchase plans are designed for people who want to buy merchandise without using credit or paying the full price immediately. When you use layaway, you typically make a deposit – usually a percentage of the purchase price – and pay over time until you have paid for the item in full. In exchange, the retailer holds the merchandise for you. To avoid problems, get the store’s layaway policy in writing.

Keep an eye on your wallet. Don’t flash cash. Keep an eye on your credit or debit card during transactions, and get them back as quickly as possible. If your cards are lost or stolen, report the loss or theft immediately to the card issuers.

Use credit and debit cards with care. Save your receipts. You need them for returns and exchanges. Check credit and debit card sales and return receipts against your monthly bills and statements, and report any problems to the credit card issuer promptly.

Ask about refund and return policies. Many merchants may have different refund and return policies for sale items. For example, clearance merchandise may be on final sale, meaning no refunds or exchanges.

Keep good records. Whether you’re ordering by mail, phone, or online, it’s important to keep detailed information about the transaction, including your order number, shipping costs and dates, warranties, and refund and return policies.

Ship early. If you’re sending gifts to out-of-towners, factor in extra time for shipping. If you wait until the last minute, you may pay a hefty price for express or overnight shipping.

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