A healthy summer pregnancy means less exposure to the heat and the sun, monitoring your hydration levels, and remembering not to overdo it while you’re outside. Winter pregnancies have their own share of worries and special considerations. If you want to stay healthy during a winter pregnancy, these tips can help you get started.
Be careful of ice during a winter pregnancy. Slipping is always a concern, but you want to be twice as cautious when you are pregnant and might already be feeling a bit clumsy. Be sure to salt or sand your steps if they get slippery. If you do experience a fall, monitor your condition and notify your doctor or midwife.
Watch the winter snacks.
Winter weight gain is common, but when you’re already putting on weight for your pregnancy, it can be even easier to overindulge. Monitor your intake of cookies and milk during a winter pregnancy in order to keep your weight gain manageable and within healthy and recommended limits. Even if you put on too much weight one week, you still need to gain weight the following week, so remember not to diet!
Stock your car’s emergency kit.
You should already have a winter emergency kit for your car, including a flashlight, blanket, tire chains, kitty litter, and flares or reflectors. If you’re pregnant, add a few water bottles and non-perishable snacks. Keeping a miniature overnight bag with a change of clothes and toiletries can come in handy in case you are stranded during a storm. A small bucket might be a good idea in case you need to use the restroom unexpectedly. Ultimately a well stocked emergency kit is a must-but so is using good judgment when traveling during cold, snow or ice.
During the winter months, it’s easy to spend the evening on the couch and watching television. However, it’s important during pregnancy to keep active. Try to take a short walk on a sunny afternoon, or even head to the gym to walk on the treadmill for a few minutes when you can. You’ll feel healthier after some very mild exercise, as long as your doctor says it’s okay.
Don’t shovel snow, climb a ladder to hang the Christmas lights, or spend hours on your feet cooking a holiday meal when you’re late in your pregnancy. Delegate some of the winter activities to family and friends and take a few minutes to put up your feet and relax this winter.