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Winter Pregnancy Survival Guide 2010-10-07 09:00:45

Brrrr! Tips For Surviving a Cold Weather Pregnancy

Since the first frost warnings of the season, moms-to-be are getting ready for the cold months ahead of them. Considering the drop in temperature, icy roads, and cold and flu season, expectant mamas have a lot to contend with throughout their pregnancies. But, there are some easy ways women can make it through the season – check out these tips!

  • Invest in flat rubber-soled boots. Platform heels and wedge booties may be stylish, but a comfortable pair of boots – possibly a half size larger than your normal size – will keep your feet and legs warm and help stabilize you on a slushy morning.
  • Dress in layers. The thermometer may read in the single digits, but an expectant woman's body temperature is on the rise as more blood flows through her body. Layering on the clothes will allow mama to add or remove pieces so she doesn't overheat.
  • Get a flu vaccine. The March of Dimes, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists all agree that the 2010 flu shot is safe for pregnancy, preventing devastating complications from the flu and helping to protect unborn babies as well.
  • Keep active. A long walk on a brisk Winter afternoon will keep a mama-to-be's heart rate up, but when the weather is colder maintain a fitness routine by either joining a gym or finding an indoor pool which takes some of the pressure off of the sciatic nerve.
  • Stay away from botanical cold remedies. Winter colds are a drag, and while many women turn to botanicals to fight off the sniffles, researchers have not spent enough time studying the effects of echinacea on pregnancy.

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  • Keep hydrated. Summer heat is often associated with dehydration, but a lack of humidity in Winter can draw every last bit of water out of an expectant mama's body. Drink at least the eight recommended glasses of water a day, and consider adding some juices to your diet too.
  • Grab a coat. It doesn't have to be a maternity coat, any large coat will do, but keeping a growing bump covered will help a pregnant mama fend off the cold that can lead to her feeling under the weather.
  • Buy loose socks. We don't want your socks falling down, but keeping a loose fit will ensure that a pregnant mama's circulation isn't cut off when her legs inevitably swell.
  • See your doctor. When a cough and a stuffy nose just won't go away, don't write it off to a lingering cold. See a doctor and be sure that it isn't pneumonia. Pregnancy strains the immune system making expectant mamas more susceptible to infections.
  • Rest up. Pregnancy is tiring, so take advantage of the short days by curling up with a blanket, some hot cocoa, and some Netflix rentals.
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MissSushi MissSushi 5 years
I did a summer preg and a winter preg and I pretty much never want anything to do with being pregnant in 115 degree heat EVER AGAIN. In winter, I didnt even wear a sweater until it was below 30, heh. I also slept with the windows open all winter.
Carri Carri 5 years
Missy, you are so right! Being pregnant during the summer just sucks. At least in the winter you don't overheat.
lawchick lawchick 5 years
missy - yeah, I'm relieved that I'll be big when it's cold and not when it's hot!! the only thing that is irritating to me is that I have to spend more money on clothes this way! I need a coat, maternity tights at $20/pop, pants. All worth it for my girl, though :)
missyd missyd 5 years
BELIEVE ME being pregnant in the winter is a helluva lot better then preg in the summer.
lawchick lawchick 5 years
Interesting tips, thanks. I don't know that I'll be giving up all shoes with heels this winter, but it doesn't usually snow/ice here so there won't be much slippery slush to contend with. I am 6 months along and still as cold-natured as ever. I keep thinking all the extra blood and the extra weight should be keeping my body temp higher, but apparently not! I'm getting my flu shot next week.
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