5 Ways to Enjoy a Winter Pregnancy
Mighty Mommy has experienced pregnancy in every season and loved winter the most! Here are 5 cool tips to keep you warm and cozy during this very special time in your life.
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Pregnancy, no matter what the season, is truly one of the most miraculous journeys a woman (and her partner!) will ever experience. As you watch your body grow your precious baby for nine months, you’ll continually be amazed at the process, and at the same time as your belly expands and your baby grows, Mother Nature will also be providing her own miracles with the change of the seasons.
Every season brings along it’s own beauty, but summer and winter pregnancies offer up a few more challenges with the elements. If you find yourself pregnant during the cold and frosty months of winter, you will be faced with seasonal hazards such as freezing temps and icy walkways, but that doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying every precious second of your pregnancy, even in your third trimester.
Mighty Mommy has experienced pregnancy in every season and loved winter the most! Here are five cool tips to keep you warm and cozy during this very special time in your life.
- Tip #1: Drink Up
- Tip #2: Get Your Flu Shot
- Tip #3: Stay In and Get Organized
- Tip #4: Get Walking
- Tip #5: Relax and Get Ready
Let's dive deeper into each tip.
Tip #1: Drink Up
During the winter, we certainly aren’t facing scorching temps, but we are dealing with dry winter air and perhaps working in a building that has cranked the heat up so it’s very possible to become overheated or dehydrated. Dehydration can cause problems ranging from lightheadedness to preterm labor, so stay ahead of the game by drinking water all day long.
Experts recommend six to eight glasses of water a day, and more if you are active or facing extreme temperatures. “Getting plenty of water is essential during pregnancy. It helps carry nutrients through your body to your baby, helps maintain healthy levels of amniotic fluid, and can even help prevent bladder infections, constipation, and swelling, which are common complaints during pregnancy. For these reasons, it's important that you get plenty of water and don't become dehydrated (especially later in pregnancy, when dehydration may cause contractions). To know if you're drinking enough, check your urine -- it should be a light yellow color. If you're peeing less than usual or if your urine is very dark yellow, then you might be dehydrated and should increase your fluid intake.”
I credit the healthy habit of drinking water faithfully throughout all my pregnancies as the reason I’ve maintained my eight glasses a day for nearly 20 years! I drank water routinely (still do) even when I wasn’t feeling thirsty, and it really helped keep me feeling fresh and on top of my game.
Tip #2: Get Your Flu Shot
I openly admit I was never one to get a flu shot before I had kids. I suppose I felt because I was a young, hard-working career gal that I had too many other things to tend to rather than taking time out of my busy work schedule to see my doctor for a preventive shot when I had never really experienced the flu. Well, that all changed during my second pregnancy. I had a toddler and was now pregnant and my resistance was much lower than it had ever been while working full-time so when flu season hit, I went down—and hard! My OB/GYN had highly recommended getting a flu shot, but I didn’t listen. After that awful experience of being so sick, I vowed I would always get my flu shot from then on out.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that pregnant women get their flu shots during any trimester of their pregnancy to protect themselves and their newborn babies from flu. They state that flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in healthy women who are not pregnant. Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women (and women who have given birth during the past two weeks) more prone to severe illness from flu, including illness resulting in hospitalization. In addition, studies have shown that vaccinating a pregnant woman also can protect a baby after birth from flu. For more information you can visit the CDC’s Pregnant Women and Influenza.