Pregnancy During The Winter Months: Your Guide to Comfort
Everyone has their preferences when it comes to prepping for the perfect pregnancy, especially 2nd or 3rd time mothers. For instance, some women love being pregnant during the winter, while others absolutely hate it. Whatever your favorite time of year to be pregnant is, one thing’s for sure — these pregnancy tips will have you feeling safe and cozy even if you despise winter solstice.
Some reasons for not wanting a winter pregnancy are the extreme drops in temperature and shortened amounts of daylight. Generally, people feel trapped indoors because snowy roads don’t leave many options for outdoor activities. Most obstetricians probably will not recommend sledding or ice-skating while you’re pregnant! For most expectant mothers, winter sports typically sound like a recipe for disaster.
These types of limitations, piled onto those of us who are already limited due to our pregnancy status, can leave us feeling extremely secluded. Furthermore, the winter seclusion can easily lead to a mild case of the winter blues. And we don’t need extra emotions zipping us around; our pregnancy hormones are perfectly capable of steering that emotional rollercoaster for us.
Feelings and emotions are just one side of the cold, blustery battle. Other mothers are far more concerned over the weather hazards typically associated with wintertime. A common fear is falling or slipping on ice while pregnant — yikes! Other winter related fears include things like emergency snowstorms, travel issues, car problems, or power outages. Whatever issues winter could possibly bring to your doorstep, if you carefully plan ahead you can surely stay safe, happy, and comfortable throughout your winter pregnancy. Here’s how:
Number one, drink plenty of water to combat dry, winter air. Even though it isn’t summer, you can still get dehydrated. Therefore, you should make it a point to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water will help you avoid that lightheaded, sleepy feeling.
Next, make room for 3 to 5 sessions of exercise each week. Of course walking is great for pregnancy aches and pains, but you can always try prenatal yoga. Sometimes paying for prenatal exercise classes ahead of time will give women the extra pep they need to workout. Winter isn’t an excuse to stay in and watch TV all day. Basic exercise will keep your muscles feeling loose and relaxed — not to mention the amounts of anxiety you’ll eliminate. Exercise is great for stress relief!
Number three, always wash your hands and avoid touching your face. You don’t want to get sick while pregnant. It’s very uncomfortable and you’re limited to the types of medications you can safely take. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “pregnant women should get the influenza vaccine to help prevent the flu”.
Number four; it is crucial to plan for winter weather before it strikes. Invest in non-skid boots. You never want to slip on ice, let alone while being pregnant. Also, make sure you’re receiving regular weather alerts and keep a stash of emergency supplies in your household at all times. Keeping emergency supplies stashed in your car would be ideal too! Supplies should definitely include candles or flashlights, water, and extra food. You never know when there’s going to be a power outage.
Extra blankets and clothes can’t hurt either. Your warmest coat might get too snug once you hit your 3rd trimester! Make sure to stock up on lots of layers, especially if you’re in the 3rd trimester during those cold winter months.
And finally, share some hot tea or hot cocoa with family and friends. Winter is a great time to get cozy and hang out with the people you love most. Spending quality time with others will keep pregnant mommies happy and healthy any time of year! Make sure to still go to your regular appointments with Dr. Quartell throughout your pregnancy.