Pregnancy during Winter: 8 Things You Should Consider
Pregnancy is a special period of time in any woman`s life, but it isn`t as pleasant on any season during the entire year. In winter, dry skin, itching and nose bleeding can make you go crazy, as do frozen sidewalks or getting a cold. However, there are a few things a pregnant woman can consider to get over the winter without any concerns.
Table of Contents
- 1 1. Dress Yourself Well
- 2 2. Wear Comfortable Boots
- 3 3. Start Collecting Lotions and Creams
- 4 4. Drink More Liquids than Before the Pregnancy
- 5 5. Use a Humidifier
- 6 6. Don`t Forget about the Flu Shot
- 7 7. Take It Easy with the Christmas Specialties
- 8 8. Take Vitamin D as Supplement
1. Dress Yourself Well
You can`t afford getting a cold during pregnancy, so you need to always add several layers of cloths on you. Instead of only dressing with a heavy sweater and a jacket, you could choose a thin blouse, a sweater and then a jacket. This way you`ll be able to optimize your body temperature. Several layers of cloths will better maintain body warm than only adding one heavy piece of clothing on yourself. However, you should avoid tight clothing because although it may give you the sensation that they keep you warm, they`ll also prevent the proper circulation of the blood in your body.
2. Wear Comfortable Boots
High heels are recommended for women who expect a baby starting with the 2nd trimester of pregnancy because, according to Babycenter.com, they change the center of gravity of the body leading to unstable walking. During cold periods of time in winter when sidewalks are frozen, wearing high heels is definitely not advisable because you might fall and risk your pregnancy for no good reason. The most suitable boots are those with no heels, but which aren`t tight on the foot to avoid swelling.
3. Start Collecting Lotions and Creams
Because of hormonal changes, the body can secrete less sebum, making the skin to become dry. Because of this is necessary an intense hydration than before the pregnancy. Try to avoid using exfoliating creams too often. According to WhatToExpect.com, if you have a dry skin, you need to change your cleanser with a different one with a smoother action. Also, through the hydration of the skin during the day and before going to sleep, you are able to minimize stretch marks.
4. Drink More Liquids than Before the Pregnancy
Seems logical, isn`t it? Still, not everyone take this into consideration, maybe because is something so simple and obvious. Dehydration during pregnancy can lead to headaches, constipation, fatigue, dry skin and urinary infections. Taking all this into consideration, Pregnancy.com claims that this is the easiest method to prevent premature birth. It`s highly recommended that during your pregnancy to drink mostly water, but the necessary intake of liquids can also be obtained from consuming tea, fruits, vegetables or homemade meals.
5. Use a Humidifier
Heat dries the air from within the house during the winter. Plates with water placed on radiators are things from the past. The best thing is to use a humidifier which will regulate the humidity of the air within the house.
6. Don`t Forget about the Flu Shot
Getting a cold when you are expecting is a very unpleasant thing to happen, not to say harmful for the development of your pregnancy if any complications should occur. That`s why the pregnant woman needs to avoid getting a cold as much as possible. For this reason is recommended to get a flu shot starting with the 2nd trimester of pregnancy. However, don`t do it before talking with your doctor because the vaccine has a few contraindications regarding pregnancies.
7. Take It Easy with the Christmas Specialties
No matter if we are talking about products coming from meat or cookies, anything in excess isn`t recommended while you are pregnant. The “eat for 2” rule has been disapproved long ago by nutritionists and doctors. The traditional meals for Christmas are often very tasty as well as very high on fat. A balanced diet used properly by pregnant women will allow them to taste from everything without going overboard.
8. Take Vitamin D as Supplement
Latest research has shown that intake of vitamin D during these 9 months is extremely important for the bone structure development of the future baby. During the summer, an important intake of vitamin D is received by a simple exposure to the sun. However, during the winter this opportunity isn`t usually available as much, so taking supplements that contain vitamin D are recommended.