When you are pregnant your body’s immune system is naturally weaker. Around the holiday seasons it becomes even more difficult for pregnant women to stay on track and to keep healthy. Here are 5 easy steps to ensure that you and your baby will have a healthy holiday season this year!
Pregnant Ladies Do Not Eat Raw Cookie Dough!
I know this can be hard to resist, but resist it!!! Raw cookie dough contains uncooked eggs. Uncooked eggs have the potential of giving you salmonella poisoning which is extremely harmful to your baby! So this holiday season stick to cookies that are cooked. Sorry, this also applies to Eggnog.
Pregnant Ladies Avoid Meat Spreads!
This one can be tricky because you can find this everywhere during the holidays! I know they look yummy and everyone around you may be eating them, but hold back! Meat spreads may contain listeria. Listeria can cause sever bacterial infection and may eventually become meningitis, or affect the newborn due to its ability to penetrate the placenta.
Pregnant Ladies Avoid Raw Seafood!
Raw seafood is commonly served at holiday parties usually in the form of oysters or sushi. If you have a craving for seafood, please be sure that it is fully cooked. If you are eating a shell fish such as an oyster, be sure the shell is opened and that it is cooked all the way through. Raw seafood can potentially give you a bacterial infection.
Pregnant Ladies Keep Healthy With Your Prenatals!
We are always so busy during the holidays. There is so much planning to do and so many places to go! It becomes hard to stay on track and keep with a good routine. One routine your going to want to stay on top of is taking your prenatal vitamins. Your baby needs all the nutrition he/she needs to grow and you need all the extra vitamins to help keep your immune system strong. Try sticking to taking them the same time every day and if you travel make sure you bring them along with you!
Pregnant Ladies Stay Healthy By Keeping Clean!
Again, we are so busy running around this time of year that we need to remember one very simple rule: wash your hands! Most germs are spread though contact with your hands and then come into contact with you when you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. This is the most common way that sickness is passed around. Be sure to wash your hands very well (at least 30-60 seconds) as often as you can. This is especially important before eating or preparing food. If you cannot wash your hands regularly you should avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
These 5 simple steps should keep you and your baby healthy and safe this holiday season.