Top 10 Christmas Morning Sickness Survival Tips

It’s Christmas! Yay!

It’s Christmas and you have morning sickness. Damn.

To make things even more complicated, you’re probably dealing with morning sickness while trying to keep your pregnancy news quiet. With festive drinks flowing, all kinds pregnancy-unfriendly food on offer, and nosey relatives asking you when you’re going to have kids, Christmas while pregnant can get stressful really quickly.

To help minimize stress and get you through Christmas day, we’ve put together our Top 10 Christmas Morning Sickness Tips.

  • 1. Remember the basics

    In the fun chaos of Christmas day, it can be easy to forget the basics when it comes to morning sickness. Don’t forget all your morning sickness survival essentials – don’t let yourself get hungry or too tired, stay hydrated and avoid your nausea triggers (even if that means staying 3 meters away from your lovely but slightly weird-smelling Great Aunty Nancy). Forgetting these morning sickness basics can cause things go downhill pretty fast.

  • 2. Protect your pregnancy

    While chances are small, it’s best to play it safe and avoid any food that may be a listeria risk. There will no doubt be a bunch of food on offer on the “you should probably avoid this in early pregnancy” list. This includes the usual suspects like cold meats, salad, soft cheese and cold seafood. Freshly prepared meats and salad should be fine, but if you’re not sure give it a miss. Also skip any food that’s been sitting around for a while, particularly if it’s a stinking hot day*, and don’t’ forgot about dips, dessert and salad dressing. Mayonnaise and cream cheese can turn up in all sorts of unexpected places on Christmas day. If you’re starting to get that sinking feeling that your whole Christmas day is going to be off the menu, it may be a good idea to have a meal before the festivities began and keep some morning sickness friendly snacks in your handbag.

  • 3. Go on the offensive

    What’s the expression? The best defense is a good offence? I’m not sure, I don’t really watch sport. But you get the idea. Bring a bonus snack platter or food along which has a bunch of things you can stomach – people will think you’re being extra generous. Maybe bring along a carton of ginger beer for everyone to share. Have a handbag kit ready. Know where the bathroom is. Do you know when you usually feel the sickest? Plan to be at home at that time. Be prepared!

  • 4. Deflect nosey relatives

    There is at least one in every family, someone who can’t help focusing on what everyone else’s business. Then there are family members who are probably just genuinely concerned about you. “Have you seen Jane lately? She looks kind of green-grey all the time and she seems to be off with the fairies.” Just tell people you’re feeling a little tired from watching Game of Thrones late at night. Or maybe tell them you think you may be coming down with the flu or a stomach bug (that should keep extra-nosey relatives at a safe distance). Another option is to let rumours about your alleged new habits of late-night partying and hangover-induced vomiting run wild.

    You don’t need to explain anything. Just lay low, deflect, brush off questions, or give vague answers. It’s your business and you only need to share your news when you are ready to. If there is ever a time to tell a white lie, this is it.

  • 5. Vomit like a pro

    If you need to vomit at a Christmas celebration, maybe use a toilet away from the immediate area where the festivities are taking place. Can you sneak into an en-suite somewhere? This can help keep previously discussed nosey rellies at bay. Keep vomit bags handy at all times just in case you have a real vomit emergency. Vomit bags are much more subtle and easier to use than Christmas stockings. If you are sick and someone asks you about it, you could tell them you had too much champagne or Christmas pudding (or both).

  • 6. Take sneaky power rests

    If it’s good enough for Uncle Stan** to sleep on the couch in the middle of a Christmas celebration, then it’s good enough for you. Or maybe you could disappear and have a kip out of sight somewhere.

  • 7. Lean on your people

    Is there going to be someone at the celebration who will already know your news? If you haven’t thought about it already, perhaps there are some trusted people you are comfortable sharing your news with early on? It helps to have someone look out for you, cover for mysterious absences, make you cups of tea, and bring you ginger beer.

  • 8. Less is more

    This probably isn’t the year to be partying through till boxing day. Pregnant bodies can be unforgiving if you overdo it (physically and emotionally). Leave as early as you need to.

  • 9. Nail Christmas drinks

    The easiest way to avoid Christmas drinks without arousing questions would be to tell people you’re driving later and hit the ginger beer or soda water (or whatever works for you). Another option is to accept drinks and just keep them in your hand or tip them down the sink when no one is watching.

  • 10. Enjoy it!

    Enjoy the day as best you can. Most likely, Christmas shenanigans will be a welcome distraction. So enjoy as many moments as your can with your loved ones and perhaps pause to reflect where you are at right now and the wild ride ahead.

Merry Christmas!

*As a side note, this article has been written by an Australian. Christmas in Australia means summer fun and heat, and often seafood and cold foods.

** Real name changed to protect the identity of the Uncle in question. Ok, we all know it’s Uncle Frank.