5 Ways To Survive A Winter Pregnancy

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It seems a winter pregnancy would be easier than summer because it’s not so hot.  But winter pregnancies aren’t without their complaints.  

Winter Woe #1: You’re dehydrated.

It’s not in the 90s, so you’d think dehydration wouldn’t be a biggie right now, but winter air can be really dry, especially in Colorado.  And when you’re going in and out of buildings with heat blasting, you’re likely to find yourself overheated and sweaty.

The Fix: Drink more water than you think you need to. “Dehydration can cause problems ranging from lightheadedness to preterm labor, so it’s really important to drink plenty of water,” says Andrew Ross, MD, an ob-gyn in Englewood, Colorado.  Getting sick of water all the time? You can try adding frozen berries or melons to your water, or spice it up with a bit of ginger.  

Winter Woe #2: It’s no fun to be outside.

Exercise is highly recommended for pregnant women, but the weather might not be the best for outdoor exercise like hiking.  You might find yourself glued to the couch instead.  Remember physical activity can help with pregnancy aches and pains, and give you stamina needed for labor. Don’t neglect it.

The Fix: Take a prenatal exercise class. There’s no better motivation for a fitness session than knowing you’ve already paid for it. So sign up for a series of classes designed just for moms-to-be.  Swimming at an indoor pool is another great pregnancy exercise and will help get baby into the right position for birth.  Trying to save money? We also love prenatal exercise DVDs too!

Winter Woe #3: Germs are everywhere!

Now that you’re pregnant, you’re terrified of getting sick, right?  You’re already not feeling exactly like your usual self either, and you wonder if it’s safe to take medications?

The Fix: Be vigilant about hand washing. Really, the best way to not catch something is to keep your hands clean and to avoid touching your nose and mouth - you just don’t know what germs were on that elevator button! And you really don’t want to hang out in close quarters with someone who’s been coughing and sneezing. Politely excuse yourself.

Winter Woe #4: Sidewalks are slippery.

If you’re trekking into work, or maybe just trying to get some sunlight and exercise, you’re probably pretty freaked out about slipping and falling on the ice. And you should be! You’re already more prone to falling, since pregnancy changes your center of gravity, and while it’s rare that a blow to the abdomen leads to complications, it’s still possible.

The Fix: Invest in some flat, no-slip boots. “Be sure to wear good, supportive boots -- not high heels!” says Shirley Moore, a certified nurse-midwife at Midwifery & Women’s Health in Forest Park, Illinois. “And avoid carrying anything too heavy.” If you fall and hit your belly, call your ob-gyn, just to make sure everything’s okay with you and baby.

Winter Woe #5: Your warmest coat doesn’t fit.

Sure, it’s fun to buy maternity clothes, but heavy winter coats can get pretty darn pricey. And it can be tough to rationalize spending hundreds on something you’ll only get a few months of use out of (if that - we all know how Colorado’s weather can be).

The Fix: Lots and lots of layers. You still probably should get a winter coat, especially if you’re in the third trimester during the coldest months. But it doesn’t have to be the most expensive, down-filled coat on the market. To make it warmer, wear a cozy, oversize sweater underneath, grab some toasty mittens and a hat, and maybe even some thermal clothing you can wear again postbaby (heck, raid your partner’s ski gear!). And remember: You might want to wear at least one light layer underneath the warm ones so you can shed the bulky sweater when you find yourself in one of those buildings with blasting heat.

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