Navigating an Unexpected Pregnancy Around the Holidays

Updated: Feb 14

Being pregnant around the holidays can bring about mixed emotions. Although this season can be merry and bright, it can also be complex. The complex feelings can grow, especially if you’re facing a pregnancy decision or navigating life with a new pregnancy that wasn’t originally part of your plans.

The thought of a full calendar, tricky family dynamics, or perceived expectations might leave you fearful or overwhelmed. Here are a few guidelines to help you navigate this holiday season.

Set Healthy Boundaries

Holiday gatherings will inevitably lead to questions about your life and pregnancy (if you’re showing). People may inquire about it in an attempt to connect, out of curiosity, or because they want to offer advice. Remember that your pregnancy story is yours alone. Don’t feel pressured to give details or answer questions outside of your comfort level.