15 Winter Pregnancy Survival Tips
Sunday, January 26, 2020
As your bump grows and the weather gets colder, you might be wondering how best to stay well this winter. It’s easier than you think to stay comfortable and healthy when you’re pregnant during the winter month.
1- Get fresh air and don’t stay in bed, although the coziness can be tempting.
2- Avoid hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms. Maternal temperature elevation has been associated with decreased blood flow to the uterus in the latter stages of pregnancy.
3- Get an influenza vaccine when your immune system is weak after you consult your OB/GYN about whether a flu shot is right for you.
4- Avoid many winter sports to avoid of injury.
5- Take pressure off your back by carrying less, because during pregnancy ligaments become softer and looser.
6- Ask for help if you’re too tired to cook, clean, or run errands.
7- Take frequent naps.
8- Clear your calendar of all unnecessary activities.
9- Check the weather before leaving the house and wear gloves, scarves, hats and flat, well-gripped shoes.
10- Layer your look so that you can add on and take off articles of clothing based on how hot your internal thermostat is running that day.
11- Protect yourself from germs with hand washing.
12- Apply body moisturizer while skin is still damp from a bath and use face moisturizer with an SPF that contains vitamins and protein.
13- Drink more water, you’ll already be downing additional glasses of water as your blood volume increases during your pregnancy but the dry winter months will require even more.
14- Take Vitamin D is vital during pregnancy, enabling your body to absorb calcium, helping to develop your baby’s bones and teeth and ensuring they have enough.
15- Eat well, if cold weather has you craving carbs and comfort food you’re not alone. However, too much weight gain will increase your risk of complications.