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Taking Time for Self-Care This Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a hectic time, even under “normal” circumstances.  So, if you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy this December, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed in a way that’s difficult to even describe.  Self-care may be something that you really need in your life right now.  And yet, it’s likely at the bottom of your to-do list.  Know that it is possible (and important) to practice self-care during a pregnancy decision-making process.  This can be achieved at any moment in time… even during the busy holiday season.

If you need practical and/or emotional support while coping with an unexpected pregnancy, consider reaching out to Avenue Women’s Center!  We’re a limited medical clinic with six locations in Chicagoland.  Avenue provides first-step pregnancy services to help individuals facing situations like yours navigate the challenges of an unexpected pregnancy while moving towards a positive outcome.

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Self-Care: An Intentional Posture

Even when circumstances are relatively normal and life feels stable, self-care can easily end up on the backburner.  So, if you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy during the hectic holiday season, self-care may be the last thing on your mind.  Remember that self-care can make a really positive impact on your mental health and help you navigate this pregnancy feeling better supported.  Your pregnancy decision-making process doesn’t have to be all-consumed by stress.  Remember that you’re fully capable of taking this path one calm and careful step at a time.  And nothing needs to stop you from caring for your own physical and emotional needs throughout the journey.

Tips for Self-Care

Consider these key tips from the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) and show yourself some TLC this holiday season!

“Know and Respect Your Limits.”

For many of us, there’s no shortage of opportunities to socialize with family and friends this time of year at parties and other festivities.  Activities like these are meant to spread joy, and it’s important to connect with loved ones (especially during particularly difficult times).  But be careful to avoid over-committing yourself.  Set clear boundaries this holiday season.  Prioritize the people in your life who encourage you and “give back” to your relationship.  Limit the time that you’re spending on tasks like holiday shopping, and respectfully say “no” when you feel you need a break.

“Set Reasonable Expectations.”

It’s natural to have high hopes for holiday celebrations and family gatherings.  Check in with yourself to make sure your expectations are reasonable.  This applies to your pregnancy decision-making process too.  You may not be able to resolve the difficulties you’re facing concerning this pregnancy as quickly and effectively as you’d like to.  That’s okay.  Give yourself time and space to process your circumstances and take confident next steps.

“Avoid Known Triggers.”

Sometimes, sights and sounds of the holiday season evoke painful memories.  It’s okay to avoid triggers like these.  Maybe, because of your unexpected pregnancy, you’re feeling especially concerned about seeing a family member who’s been unsupportive.  Consider whether you really need to attend the family gathering where you may see this person.  If you do need to go, remember that you don’t have to engage with them.

“Find Ways to Give Back.”

This can be a great way to find joy and meaning in your experience of the holiday season, even if you’re going through a really difficult time.  Consider donating to a toy drive, serving a meal at a homeless shelter, or volunteering at a food bank.  Perhaps you could write a personal thank you note to someone who’s been a huge source of encouragement to you during this unexpected pregnancy.

Check out some of our other blogs on the topic of self-care!

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While you look for ways to care for yourself during this unexpected pregnancy and this holiday season, consider reaching out to Avenue Women’s Center!  Our mission is to equip you with the information and support you need to make a knowledgeable and confident pregnancy decision.  We provide medical-grade pregnancy tests, options consultations, limited medical ultrasounds, and more at no cost!  We’re here to meet you with warmth and empathy.

Reach out to schedule a visit today at one of our six locations! 



National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  (2021, December).  How to Prioritize Self-Care During the Holidays.  Retrieved from:

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.