How to Survive a Winter Pregnancy: Part 2

How to Survive a Winter Pregnancy: Part 2It can be hard to stay comfortable and safe when it’s cold outside, dry inside and you can’t go about your normal routine – well, as normal as you can be during pregnancy anyways. We’re helping with tips on how to survive a winter pregnancy.

Yesterday we shared how to dress for the weather and outdoor safety. Today we’re focusing on working around the dry air and keeping yourself healthy and happy during a winter pregnancy.

Combating Indoor Dry Air

When it’s extra cold outside, everyone is pumping up the heat inside. With little moisture in the air, dry air is being re-circulated indoors where you are spending most of your time. Combat indoor dry air with these tips:

Drink More Water: Just like mid-summer pregnancies, mid-winter pregnancies require extra hydration. Dry air, hormones and sweating from going inside and outside all day can leave you dehydrated. During pregnancy, dehydration side-effects range from not feeling well, to preterm labor. So it’s a big deal to drink plenty of water. Try herbal teas, soups and hydrating fruits and vegetables as well.

Moisturize: Day and night, and sometimes in-between, use a natural moisturizer to hydrate your skin. Try to moisturize right after washing. Leave your face damp and add moisturizer on top to lock in extra hydration. If you plan to spend any time outdoors, be sure to wear an SPF moisturizer during the day, and cover your lips with an SPF lip balm. Also, avoid reitinol products during pregnancy.

Use a Humidfier at Night: Add some moisture back into the air by running a humidifier in your bedroom at night. This may help your respiratory system as well.

Protecting Yourself Against Illness

It’s every mom-to-be’s fear that she will become ill during pregnancy. It’s certainly no fun to be sick and your immune system may be slightly weaker at this time. Take these precautions to stay well:

Wash Hands Often: This simple act can prevent a great deal of germs and illness. Especially if you are in public places or touching communal objects (ATM buttons, money, door handles, etc…) washing is crucial to staying healthy this winter.

Get your Flu Shot: The CDC recommends a flu shot for everyone 6 months or older (unless they have a medical cause not to) including pregnant women. This can further protect you and your baby (both in the womb and when she’s born) from coming down with the flu.

Stress Less: Stress during pregnancy is unhealthy for you and your baby. Keep things low key to avoid stress. That may mean cutting back on responsibilities or asking for help.

Get Vitamin D: Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that we get mostly from the sun. If you’re not getting much sunlight this time of year, ask your doctor if you need a supplement.

Seek Help: Seasonal affective disorder can impact pregnant women. Coupled with hormones and anxiety during pregnancy, your mood may suffer, which can influence your physical health too. Talk to your doctor if you feel anxious or depressed.

Treat Sickness: Having a cold or the flu lingering in your body is not good for your baby. Visit your doctor if you have a persistent illness. Many medications are safe during pregnancy and your doctor will know which ones to prescribe or recommend.

Sleep: Wintertime can make you sleepy so take the cue and get some extra zzz’s while you can. It will give you more energy to stay healthy during the season.

Exercise: Walking outdoors may not be the best choice but you can continue a healthy workout by taking a prenatal fitness class. Instructors will guide you through safe exercises in the warmth and safety of the indoors.

We’re sending warmth, comfort and security your way as you survive a winter pregnancy!

Sources: Being the Parent, The Bump and Parents