So you are pregnant, what a very special privilege and joy, but perhaps not something you want to announce to the world yet for various reasons. More and more couples are choosing not to announce their pregnancies until they have past that every important milestone – the 3 month mark. The first 3 months of your pregnancy are vital to you and your baby’s health. You are going to need to change your diets, start taking pre-natal vitamins, and perhaps have to fight off intense fatigue and the draining symptoms of morning sickness – nausea and vomiting, while still not letting the cat out of the bag.
When it comes to your social life, it may be slightly more difficult to keep the news of your pregnancy a secret, especially if you friends or colleagues are used to you being the social butterfly and life and soul of the party, full of fun and champagne. But there are ways to get around it, and if you are feeling really woozy, you will either have to put on a brave face, or blame it on something you ate and stay at home.
One way of getting everybody off of your back and asking probing questions would be to insinuate that you have had a rough weekend previously – and due to the serious over- indulgence, and the fact that your liver light came on, you have decided to stay off the booze for a few weeks until your body comes right again.
This excuse will more than suffice those friends – everybody has them – that just won’t let anything go. They may watch you suspiciously throughout an evening or work function, but slowly their own glass of champers will start having the desired effect and by the time you slip out quietly they would have forgotten all about you and your fake story. And if you do start feeling a bit light headed or nauseous, people will automatically associate it with your recent serious (fake) drinking binge, and not give you a hard time if you feel you need to go home and lie down.
The Detox Excuse
In this day and age, where everybody is hyper-vigilant when it comes to their health, eating plans and food item choices, the excuse for you not drinking or feasting on seafood – being on a strict detox – will go down without anyone batting an eyelid. As long as you don’t go on and on about it, and let the subject naturally take its course and include other people in the conversation, you may be very lucky to get away with fading into the background and letting other people – fuelled on wine – to tell their detox stories instead.
If nosy people at work or at a party ask you why you are on a detox, just tell them that you wanted a chance to reboot your system, eliminate toxins and get your energy levels back again. Many people have been on a detox before and will immediately respect your choices, as they will have first-hand experience of what you are going through.
About this article: This article has been written by Mary Murphy, the communications manager for Irish based website www.eumom.ie – Ireland’s largest online community website for mothers with over 100,000 members. The website publishes regular articles and guides on pregnancy and articles about parenting. Feel free to visit the website and join our happy community – www.eumom.ie