Many people try to avoid getting pregnant in February, March, and April simply to avoid giving birth during the holiday season. Others think it would be fun to have a Thanksgiving or Christmas baby. While still others, either did not try to plan their pregnancies around certain months, or they simply got pregnant when they got pregnant. Whenever pregnancy occurs, women who find themselves due around the holidays are often concerned about giving birth around busy schedules.
It is understandable that the holidays are busy times for everyone, patients and doctors alike. While patients are often unable to predict or to control when they go into labor, patients can rest assured that they will be well taken care of when it comes time to deliver. Doctors and nurses are all responsible to their duties to their patients. Nurses put in requests for time off, especially around the holidays, just like everyone else does in any profession. Nurses who take time off during Thanksgiving will typically be required to work over Christmas and vice versa. Hospitals are not known to be understaffed simply because it is a holiday. Patients’ health is extremely important to nurses and doctors, and women and their babies are put in the highest regard at all times. It is often the case that nurses and doctors take special excitement in delivering babies born on special days.
Of course, pregnant women can do well for themselves during the holiday season. This time of year is quite busy with full schedules, travel, shopping and it is often stressful. Taking the time needed to take care of yourself throughout pregnancy is incredibly important, including throughout the holidays. It is the perfect time to learn to say “no” when you are pregnant, yet all around there are things begging for your attention. Extra stress on a pregnant woman’s body can cause great harm to her and her unborn baby.
Giving birth during the holidays does not have to be more stressful than any other time of the year. It does, however, require that you take the extra care necessary to ensure that your holiday season is not a cause of strain on your pregnancy. At Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. we are dedicated to our patients’ healthy pregnancies at all times during the year. If you find yourself at the end of your pregnancy at the holidays, you can feel confident that you and your baby will be given the highest standard of care.