Many women are not ready to share the news with everyone early in their pregnancy. This can be particularly hard during the holidays when you are surrounded by friends and family, and there is usually lots of drinking involved. Here are some tips for hiding a pregnancy during the holiday season if you are not ready to share yet.
If you have a nosy coworker, friend, or relative that decides to call you out on the fact that you aren’t drinking, here are some easy responses.
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1. “I’m on antibiotics”
This can shut people down pretty quickly because they realize it is a personal answer. I’m not sure why people feel the need to call out anybody who isn’t drinking, but I found this excuse works most of the time. If they start pushing further, you can say something like “I have a UTI” and that usually turns them beet red and ends the questions right there. If you don’t feel comfortable lying about something like a UTI, just say you are on a z-pak for a sinus infection. Most holidays fall during cold and flu season anyways so this is not a far stretch.
2. Pretend to drink
You can either talk with the bartender or waitress in private to fill them in on the secret, or you can just order a sprite with lime and pretend it’s a vodka soda, fill a champagne flute with ginger ale, or empty out a dark beer bottle and fill it with whatever you want. If you are at a table situation, just order the drink before you sit down and bring it with you. When the waitress comes around, just tell them you already have a drink from the bar and nurse it for as long as possible.
If you are looking for some clever mocktails recipes, check out this list on The Bump!
3. “I’m SO hungover”
Make up an excuse as to why you drank way too much last night and the thought of drinking today makes you want to hurl. This only works if nobody at the party was hanging out with you the previous night, but it usually works well otherwise. Bonus points if the first trimester already has you feeling queasy and extra tired to help pull off the act.
4. Find a Friend
Either recruit your partner or ask a friend to be your helper for the evening. There are a few methods to pulling this off. First, you can have your helper drink from your cup throughout the night without anyone noticing. If you are afraid of accidentally drinking your own drink, have your helper order a non alcoholic drink and switch with you when nobody’s looking. If you aren’t around anyone that you trust with the news yet, just pretend like you don’t like your drink and pass it off to someone else to finish.
5. Fake it til you make it
You can order a glass of wine and dump half of it out the next time you step into the restroom. Carry around your half glass for most of the evening and it’s likely nobody will notice you aren’t actively drinking from it. The only downside to this is accidentally drinking it when you aren’t thinking about it.
6. Create an event
Tell people you are doing a “Dry December” during the holiday season. You can even make a joke about how you are trying to give your liver a break or you are saving your calories for dessert. Just act like it’s no big deal and people shouldn’t question you – although they shouldn’t be asking in the first place either.
7. Leave early
You can show up early, be social, and then leave before it really starts to get rowdy. Most people don’t start pestering you about your drinking preferences until they themselves have had a few too many to drink. Sober friends and family should know better than to ask someone a personal question, but once they’ve had a few drinks, etiquette normally goes out the window.
8. “I think I’m coming down with something”
You can pretend like you are coming down with a cold and just say that you think you should stay away from alcohol today just to be safe. Carry some tissues around and cough once in a while to really sell it. This might also aid in keeping people away from you, and then you don’t have to socialize – win-win!
9. Be the DD
Nobody ever argues with saying you are the designated driver. Just say something like “hubby has been chauffeuring me around the last few events so I figured it was my turn to drive.” You can announce this to friends, waitresses, the bartender, etc. and people generally stop bugging you after that.
10. Talk up future plans
If none of the previous options appeal to you, you can always just talk about how excited you are for a soak in the hot tub or how much you are looking forward to your next Vegas getaway. People might have been suspicious before, but this will hopefully throw them off your trail.
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