The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, and expecting a new baby during these festive months makes them that much better. There are so many reasons to love being pregnant during this season; keep reading to see a few of our favorites.

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1. The clothes
Sweater weather is the best weather for dressing your bump. Revel in the fact that you can cozy up in soft ponchos and scarves rather than baring it all in bathing suits, shorts and tank tops. And you’ll be looking and feeling fab rocking leggings all day e’ryday. (Bonus tip: Your husband’s sweaters totally count as maternity wear.)

2. The warmth
Did you know that when you’ve got a bun in the oven, your internal body temperature increases? Not great news for summer mamas, but if you’re lucky enough to be expecting in the cooler months, you’ll stay nice and toasty even when everyone else is feeling the chill.

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3. The free pass
It’s easy to get yourself over-committed between Halloween and New Year’s. Thankfully, you’ve got the pregnancy card up your sleeve. If a string of commitments has you feeling burnt out, press pause, say “pass,” and throw up your feet. It’s no secret that growing a baby a tough job, no matter the time of year, so people will understand your need for downtime.

4. The free pass, fashion edition
Sporting four-inch heels and a body-skimming dress at that fancy-schmancy company cocktail party may be a must, usually. But you can be rocking stretchy pants, a flowy top and flats and loving every oh-so-comfortable minute.

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5. The food
If you’ve passed the queasy phase of your pregnancy (fingers crossed), you’re in for the greatest culinary experience of your life. Pregnancy heightens many of your senses, including your sense of taste. So that oozy-gooey cinnamon roll really may be the best thing you’ve ever eaten. And when they bring out the sweet potato casserole, mac and cheese and homemade rolls, all bets are off. Just be sure to save room for all the holiday cakes, cookies and pies (oh my!).

6. The bonus calories
During pregnancy, your body needs about 300 extra calories per day. Yay! And, while we all know it’s generally a good idea to use those bonus calories to fill up on fresh vegetables and fruits when you’re eating for two, every now and then, ditch the guilt and splurge on that slice of pecan pie or a couple of frosted sugar cookies. You’re growing a tiny human being, and you deserve it.

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7. The presents
We all know it’s better to give than to receive, but, let’s be real, getting double the love for you and baby at Christmas is pretty great. There is something extra-special about having your most precious gift spoiled with presents from loved ones. All the heart eyes for tiny onesies, hats and oh-so-soft blankets.

8. The family
Pregnancy is one of the most special times in a gal’s life, and naturally you want to enjoy it with the people you care about the most. Frequent get-togethers with friends and family during the holidays allow you to share the baby love with soon-to-be grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles (honorary and IRL).

9. The conversation
The holidays are the season of good tidings, great joy — and mandatory parties and the awkward small talk that comes with them. Thankfully, babies are the perfect conversation fodder. Rocking a bump will give you the chance to talk about a subject you actually love (your baby!), ensuring you never have to endure that painful lull around the punch bowl.

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10. The good cheer
Pregnancy can be a roller coaster of emotion. Thankfully, you get to ride it through the season of perpetual good cheer. When pregnancy hormones have got you in the feels — and not in a good way — you can 1) blame the crazies on pregnancy and 2) turn up the Christmas tunes and cozy up by a fire or head out for a few hours of shopping with a PSL or peppermint mocha in hand (decaf, of course!) for an instant mood booster.

Why do you think is the best thing about being pregnant during the holidays? Tell us in the comments!

— Suzanna Palmer