How to Survive a Winter Pregnancy: Part 1

Freezing outdoor temperatures, dry indoor air, icy sidewalks, germs abounding – winter may feel like a dangerous time to be pregnant! We’re helping you survive a winter pregnancy so you can enjoy your journey into motherhood safely and at ease.

Today and tomorrow we are breaking down our tips and reminders to survive a winter pregnancy into four categories: Dressing for the Weather, Outdoor Safety, Combating Indoor Dry Air and Protecting Yourself Against Illness.

How to Survive a Winter Pregnancy: Part 1Dressing for the Weather

It’s good to get fresh air during pregnancy, but if it’s crazy cold where you live, try not to spend too much time outdoors. It can put your body in shock and risk complications for your baby. Walking too and from work or your car may be all the fresh air you need. When you are outside, follow these tips for dressing for the weather:

Layer-Up: It’s hard to predict your comfort level in different temperatures during pregnancy because you’re combating outdoor weather (potentially including snow, wind gusts and extremely low temperatures), indoor heat and your hormones.

Starting with a stretchy maternity to nursing tank top as your base, layer your outfits so stay warm and comfortable all day, indoors and out. Then add a short or long-sleeve top and a sweater. With at least three layers, you’re on your way to comfort in almost any setting.

Dress in Breathable Fabrics: You may find yourself sweating up a storm outdoors in 20 degree weather if you’re walking a lot and wearing many layers. Breathable fabrics will help you stay drier and more comfortable, plus they will give you stretch and room when and where you need it throughout pregnancy. Save the high fashion itchy wools and textured clothes for another time.

Invest in a Winter Coat: If you live in a very cold climate and you are pregnant in the thick of winter, invest in a winter coat that fits. It may seem like an unnecessary expense for such a short time but you must keep yourself warm if you’re spending time outdoors. Try to borrow a maternity coat from a friend or look for an oversized coat at a thrift store. Better yet, see if one of your husband’s coats will fit over your belly.

Wear Flat No-Slip Boots: Slippery surfaces can lead to nasty spills that may hurt you and your baby. Flat, no-slip boots will help you grip the ground and hopefully avoid this issue. That means no heels outdoors for awhile, moms-to-be.

Accessorize your Extremities: Gloves, scarves, hats and ear muffs are all in order to survive a winter pregnancy. If you have to walk in windy conditions, consider glasses and a mask or pulling your scarf around your mouth to cover as much of your face as possible.

Waterproof your Clothes: When walking in rain, snow, slush or ice you’ll want to wear waterproof coats, gloves, hats and boots to keep yourself dry and warm. If you stay in wet gear too long, your body temperature may begin to drop.

Outdoor Safety

Your body is a sacred temple right now. It’s essential you take precautions to avoid putting yourself and your baby in harm’s way.

Slippery Conditions: Beyond the shock of extreme temperatures, the risk of slipping on snow or ice is serious. Your body may be off-balance now that you’re carrying extra weight in the front. This displacement of your center of gravity may make you trip or fall under normal circumstances. Add ice or snow and it could be a recipe for disaster. Always yield caution when conditions may be slippery. If you feel unsafe, try to find a ride instead of walking outdoors.

Body Strain: Avoid shoveling and clearing snow. The twisting motion required for the job is not good for your back and abdomen. This is a great time to ask for help. Also, sports like skiing, snow shoeing and ice skating are out of the question.

Extreme Heat: As tempting as they may be, do not take super hot baths, dip in a hot tub or enter a sauna. These extreme heats are not good for your body during pregnancy.

We’ll see you back here tomorrow for more helpful tips on how to survive a winter pregnancy!

Sources: Being the Parent, The Bump and Parents