Cold weather during pregnancy: Tips to stay healthy
Pregnancy has its challenges in any season but winter brings its own special set.
Living in cold weather during pregnancy may mean navigating ice and snow flu season and dry skin. What can an expecting mother do to keep herself as healthy as possible?
Take caution in snow and ice
Your center of gravity changes during pregnancy and it can be all too easy to slip and fall even when it isn’t icy outside. Parents.com recommended investing in good boots with solid traction and deep treads to help you navigate slippery sidewalks. If you live in a place that ices over regularly consider using crampons for more severe conditions.
If shoveling isn’t your favorite winter activity you’re in luck. Once you’re in your third trimester you should always have someone else clear your sidewalk. Pregnancy loosens ligaments and joints so injuries become much more likely.
Keep warm and comfy
Dressing for winter weather when pregnant can be a challenge. Your body tends to run hot so you may get overheated quickly once you’re indoors. Dress in layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures and stay comfortable. This is also a great way to stay warm without having to buy too many pricey maternity sweaters. Layer a long maternity top underneath non-maternity sweaters to cover any gaps in coverage. If you’ll be in your third trimester during the winter you may want to invest in a maternity coat.
Rather than avoiding cold weather during pregnancy dress for comfort so you can stay active and healthy.
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. Low humidity and cold air can cause dry skin — and as your skin stretches you’ll want to make sure it’s as moisturized as possible both inside and out.
Be proactive about your health
As cold and flu season gets into full swing you’ll want to consult with your midwife or OB/GYN about whether a flu shot is right for you. The CDC has recommended that women who will be pregnant during flu season get a flu shot and offered reassurance that it’s safe to get a flu shot at any point during pregnancy.
Also be vigilant about taking the usual precautions to avoid germs like washing your hands regularly and avoiding people with cold or flu symptoms.
If you do fall ill medication isn’t out of the question — just check with your doctor about which ones are safe during pregnancy. If you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms the CDC advised that you call your doctor right away. The flu can be serious during pregnancy and antiviral drugs work best when started immediately.
While there are several considerations to keep in mind a winter pregnancy is still a time for joy as you prepare to welcome your little one to the world.
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