Holidays | Fit Pregnancy


Gifts for Mom and Baby

With the holidays looming, now is a good time to review some of our recommended buys as you start thinking about your shopping or wish list. We're sure you can find that special gift for yourself, your baby or family and friends who are expecting from our list of must-haves to luxury pieces to eco-friendly items.

Flu Shots for Babies


Unless your child has an underlying chronic condition such as asthma that might make the flu rougher for her, I don't think the vaccine is worthwhile. First, if the vaccine isn't formulated for the particular flu strain that appears in any given year, it's likely to be ineffective. It's also a pain in the butt, since it has to be given every year by injection. While this is my personal opinion, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies between 6 and 23 months get a flu shot annually.

Mom-To-Be's Holiday "Mocktail"

Giving up alcohol while you're expecting is one of the first steps to becoming a good parent, write Jackie Rose and Caroline Angel, R.N., Ph.D., in The Newly Non-Drinking Girl's Guide to Pregnancy (Sourcebooks), but you don't want to feel that you're depriving yourself. Your holiday parties will feel more festive if you pay attention to the presentation of your alcohol-free drink, "whether it's a highball glass for a Shirley Temple or a half-pineapple hull for a Virgin Bahama Mama," the authors write. The recipe below, they say, has "shooter" written all over it:

Your Guide to a Stress-Free Holiday

The holidays can be a stressful time. Whether you're pregnant or a brand-new mom, it's more important than ever to take a step back and think about what's important to you during the holiday season. Take a breath and prioritize so that you don't get overwhelmed during this demanding time.