With the onset of winter, you need to be extra careful if you are an expecting mother. Even though you may be living by the book, as the temperature drops outside, added caution is needed!
While dealing with pregnancy, these easy tips can help you get over the winter woes.
- Avoid being outside for too long – It is always best to stay indoors as pregnant women have a greater tendency to feel nauseous or dizzy. If you live in areas with snowfall, it is advisable to stay indoors in order to avoid slipping or falling. Reduced amounts of physical activity can sometimes lead to weight gain. Make sure you maintain an ideal weight with the right amount of indoor activities like the treadmill, stationary bicycling, but only after clearing this with your doctor. This helps in keeping the child’s weight in check too.
- Take care of your bones – More time away from the sun causes a shortage of calcium and Vitamin D in your body. Therefore it is a must that pregnant women compensate for this by having a calcium-rich diet and also a right amount of supplements to keep osteoporosis at bay.
- Stay hydrated – Lack of fluids, especially water can cause lightheadedness or even preterm labour pain. Dehydration can cause the amniotic fluid levels around the baby to sink. As pregnant women are required to drink more what than what they usually do.
- Stay doubly careful to avoid germs – With a baby inside you, you cannot afford to fall prey to every germ around you because taking too many medicines during pregnancy is not safe. Maintain a safe distance from people having a cough, cold or any other communicable diseases. Make washing and sanitizing your hands a mandate before and after meals, after using the restroom or shaking hands with people.
Women tend to have relatively lower immunity during pregnancy. Hence, vaccination against flu and other diseases is necessary too. Because winters can be difficult sometimes, all we are saying is let nothing stop a healthy mother from having a healthy baby!
For further information, consult Dr. Chitra Ramamurthy (Obstetrician & Gynecologist) and get expert advice.