Winter is about to start and it gets tough if you are expecting a baby. Pregnant women need to be extra careful as cold weather also means infections, cough, and cold and the chill in the air leads to pains and aches. Since the immune system is weaker during pregnancy and taking medicines is restricted, it is better to prepare in advance. Pregnancy care during winter should invariably include adequate protection by wearing the right type of clothes, eating the right food, keeping yourself hydrated, and above all strengthening the immunity system.
Here are some pregnancy tips for winter:
In winter, we often don’t feel like drinking water due to the cold weather. You might not feel the need but the body needs extra water during winter because of the dry winter air. Therefore, try drinking adequate water throughout the day. Staying hydrated is extremely important for expectant mothers to avoid constipation. Dehydration can also lead to preterm labor and many other problems. If required you can also set reminders for drinking water in some health apps on your mobile phone these days Ensure that you do not consume sweetened and carbonated beverages. Instead go for plain water and healthier options like fresh juices, coconut waters, and soups. It’s okay to consume tea and coffee in moderation.
Take good care of your skin:
As air is dry, skin also gets dry and cracks. Try using some massage oils like coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil. A warm oil massage in winter feels nice and relaxing. Frequently apply creams, moisturizers, and lotions on your body. Use lukewarm water for a bath and not hot water, no matter how tempting it may seem. After taking a bath, you should immediately moisturize your skin as the open pores will take in the moisturizer, making the skin soft, smooth, and supple. As your abdomen expands, skin also tends to stretch, and stretching of dry skin can be painful. So, keeping skin moisturized is important for pregnant women in winter.
Cold weather makes us all lazy. Outdoor activities get restricted too. But try to keep yourself active by doing some light exercises and walking. Moderate physical activity during pregnancy can help you keep warm, and improve sleep quality, mood, and mental well-being. It can reduce joints and backaches and improve stamina. Physical activity and walking also increase the chances of healthy labor. But at the same time avoid going out if the weather is chilly. Shift your walk time to afternoons if possible so that you can soak some sunshine too.
Avoid slippery floors:
If you are walking at home, avoid having rugs, carpets, or clutter around as there are higher chances of falling. Wear appropriate shoes while exercising indoors to avoid foot injuries.
Try to stay indoors in harsh weather:
Harsh weather can be harmful to you and your baby. Try to stay indoors as much as possible if it’s chilly outside. Avoid early morning and night walks too in winter. Afternoons are a better time to go out if the temperature is not very low and the sun is shining. Wear appropriate warm clothes when stepping out.
Take enough sunlight:
On sunny days, try to sit in sun for some time to absorb vitamin D for yourself and the baby as it’s extremely important for bone health.
Eat right for good health and immunity:
It is very important to strengthen your immunity by eating healthy nutritious foods. Some healthy foods include milk, whole grains, plenty of fruits and green vegetables, and herbs and spices like ginger, cinnamon, and nuts. Include enough fiber in your diet to avoid constipation. In winter homemade hot soups can be both relaxing and nourishing. Avoid smoking, alcohol, and all kinds of addictions. Even tea and coffee should be taken in moderation. You can try different types of herbal tea and decaffeinated coffee in place of regular tea and coffee. Fried and sugary foods should also be avoided as much as possible, although in winter you might feel like indulging in hot French fries, pakodas, and cakes. Try including some jaggery instead of refined sugar in your diet.
Use a humidifier:
If you are using a room heater in winter, try using a humidifier. Air in winter is already dry and room heaters make it even drier. The humidifier helps in maintaining the right humidity as the room heater warms the room.
Layer up warm clothes:
Layering in winter is a good idea as one moment you feel cold and sometime later you might start feeling hot. With layers, it is easy to put on and off extra layers. Layering is also found to be more effective against cold. Invest in a long winter coat if possible as it is very useful while going out. Use a scarf or muffler to protect yourself from the cold breeze. Keep your feet warm in extremely cold conditions, as keeping them unprotected can lead to poor circulation causing chilblains, a painful inflammation of small blood vessels of your skin. This can cause itching, swelling, and blisters on your feet. If you are having any of these symptoms in winter, soak your feet in warm water for relief.
Maintain good hygiene:
Washing hands can keep germs at bay during pregnancy which is extremely important to prevent colds and coughs. You can also sanitize your hands from time to time. Keep your distance from people with coughs or colds to avoid catching their infection. If you get minor coughs and colds steam inhalation and gargles are pretty effective. Honey, ginger, and tulsi are also good for sore throat. Try these home remedies for some instant relief. Do consult your doctor if symptoms are severe. Clean frequently touched surfaces like your keyboard, phone, and door handle regularly to get rid of germs.
Winters can be a little scary but with proper care, you will undoubtedly feel safer during pregnancy. Take good care of yourself and have a happy, healthy, and safe pregnancy through winter.