Christmas is a busy time for parties, family get togethers and seeing friends for a festive drink. Just because you’re pregnant, it doesn’t mean you have to stay at home feeling glum, missing out on all the fun. It’s totally possible (and encouraged!) to relax and have fun.

Here are our favourite ways of surviving the party season with a smile!

Don’t over commit It can be really tempting to say yes to every invitation that comes your way – especially if you’re a really sociable person and usually love nothing more than sharing a bottle of wine with friends. When you’re pregnant, it’s common to feel more tired so it’s a good idea to pick the social events that you really can’t miss, and say no to the rest. If you’re not sure how you’ll feel nearer the time, ask if you can let the host know a few days beforehand. If it’s a less formal event, it’ll probably be fine. And if you have committed to going somewhere and you really can’t face it, on the day, don’t feel bad about explaining your absence.

Prioritise yourself! Get involved with mocktails You might not be able to drink lots of champagne but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to fruit juice or lemonade. Lots of bar tenders are really happy to mix up non alcoholic versions of cocktails, so try asking for a virgin mojito or pornstar martini.

Make sure you know what you can and can’t eat You’ve probably got the list of no-go foods ingrained in your mind, but swot up a little before going to any parties where canapés will be doing the rounds – pate, soft cheese, soft eggs and shellfish often feature heavily, so it’s handy to know what you can and can’t eat beforehand.

Buy a gorgeous party dress The days of sack-style maternity dresses are (thankfully) long gone! Now there’s a huge number of beautiful maternity frocks available, whether you’re a fan of beading, sequins and sparkle, or you’re more of a classic LBD kind of girl. We love Asos and Seraphine for chic dresses that will make you feel a million dollars.

Embrace the embellished flats Many pregnant women wear heels with ease, but the advice is to stick to flats as often as possible. Luckily, there are loads of gorgeous flat shoes available, perfect for party feet.

Look for embellished styles and sparkle to compliment your outfit. Leave whenever you feel tired There’s nothing worse than feeling like you should stay really late at a party when all you want to do is be tucked up in bed at home! Tell yourself that it’s OK to leave when you’re feeling tired, and don’t feel guilty about it. Most importantly – enjoy yourself! And remember – one major upside to being pregnant is not having a hangover the next day!

Do you have any more tips on getting through the party season while pregnant?