1. You can eat whatever you want without judgment.Â
Everyone becomes a food monster during the holidays, but you are in the awesome position of people encouraging it. Even your uber judgmental mother wonâ€™t raise an eyebrow to that second plate of stuffing, since itâ€™s â€śfor the babyâ€ť and all.Â Stretchy maternity pants mean youâ€™ll be super comfy post meal, perfect for lounging on the couch watching the game with a slice of pie.Â Â Added bonus- you can avoid making the clichĂ© â€śIâ€™m going to lose 10 lbsâ€ť New Yearâ€™s Resolution and actually enjoy the holidays.
2.Everyone will cook to suit your cravings.
Â Maybe you donâ€™t care for your Auntâ€™s green beans but have always been too polite to refuse. This year, blame the nausea, and sheâ€™ll give you a sympathy pat on the arm as well as a free pass. Hate marshmallows on the yams? Tell your MIL and she will banish them to the far corner of the pantry. Your culinary wish is everyoneâ€™s demand.
Love your auntâ€™s cookie bars but find your cousins always destroy them before the main course leaving you with crumbs? Sheâ€™ll make you an extra batch toÂ eat in the privacy of your own home over the course of one evening. She will even admonish your partner that these are YOUR cookies, saving you from the awkward embarrassment of having to apologize for growling at him when he reaches for the box.
3.Â No one expects you to clean up.
Everyone knows the worst part of a big meal is the cleanup .All that fancy china is hand wash only, leaving you with pruned fingers and a soggy shirt.Â There’s never enough aluminum foil or Tupperware andÂ noÂ room in the fridge. Plus, by now the sides are starting to congeal and there is something about being full that makes the turkey look less like delicious noms and more like a carcass. Just smile sweetly when someone inevitably tells you to â€śGo sit down and relaxâ€ť. Why, don’t mind if I do.
Â 4.Â You have the perfect excuse to get out of office parties.
Â Even when not with child, holiday office parties suck. Thereâ€™s never alcohol, or if there is, you canâ€™t really drink in front of your boss. Itâ€™s mostly making chitchat with the spouses of coworkers whose names you forget immediately after being introduced or talking with you coworkers as usual, only now youâ€™re not getting paid. Being pregnant at a dull party like this makes you a form of entertainment. Youâ€™ll spend the night repeating yourself with stats such as your due date, the gender, your plans for breastfeeding and what the nursery looks like- all while avoiding women who want to tell you their labor horror story and people who want to touch your belly. Claim exhaustion and curl up with a reality TV marathon instead.
5.Â People will tell you how pretty you look no matter what.
Â If you do decide to be social during the holiday season, no worries. Some pregnant woman are lucky enough to get thick shiny hair and nails as part of their bump package, others get a chubby melon face to match their new puffy lips. Either way, people will say â€śyouâ€™re glowingâ€ť. Enjoy it. And donâ€™t worry about what to wear. It really doesnâ€™t matter. You could wear an oversizedÂ men’s button-down with yoga pants to a black tie affair and no one will notice since people will only be looking at your mid-section. (Ok, fine, they may also check out your awesome new cleavage, but mostly theyâ€™ll be looking at that belly.)