The coziness and comforts of winter make it a really special time to be pregnant, growing and bonding with that beautiful bump that’s soon to be a baby! However there are a few things moms to be should keep in mind during these chilly months, to ensure a happy and healthy pregnancy. Curling up on the couch on a cold winter’s day with a hot cup of cocoa while reading a book is what winter is all about. Certainly, there is no better time than pregnancy to curl up on the couch with a nice throw blanket and watch a rom-com.
Even though it is the most wonderful time of the year, pregnant women–and especially those who are heavily pregnant–need to take extra precautions to make sure her little bundle is safe. By taking those few extra precautions, it will ensure that everyone has a winter season.
- Keep Your Immunity Fighting Fit
- Include plenty of vitamin C-rich foods in your diet, to fight off colds and ‘flu, while also helping your body to absorb more iron. Raw fruits and veggies are always best, although you can also cook these to make vitamin-rich warming soups. Leafy greens like kale and spinach are great for pregnancy, as they boats a high vitamin C content and a high folate content – folic acid is a must-have for expecting moms.
- Stay Active
- We know, this is hard to do in winter, even for those of us without a growing bump! But regular exercise is so important for a healthy pregnancy. Take a walk outdoors and get some fresh air and because winter means fewer opportunities to get outdoors, it’s a great opportunity to join a prenatal yoga with Yoga Mama or a fitness class with Balance ~ Mom Fit, held at Genesis Clinic.
- The Sunshine Vitamin
- Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones and strong muscles during pregnancy. A little time in the sunshine is the easiest natural way to get your vitamin D in the summer; but on gloomy winter days it becomes a real challenge. Look for healthy vitamin D food sources like oily fish and eggs, or start taking a natural vitamin D supplement, but always check with your caregiver first.
- Treat Your Feet!
- Budget for a regular reflexology sessions, (not only during winter). A reflexology session with Michelle Walton, who specialises in Maternity Reflexology will be great for the circulation, especially when you’re dealing with that extra fluid retention. Plus that extra bit of pampering will really leave you feeling good. There are so many benefits to reflexology!
- Bundle Up
- Staying warm is very crucial for people–pregnant or not. Becoming too cold while outside can have an adverse effect on someone, causing them to feel unwell. An easy remedy for this is to make sure she is wearing adequate clothing. Layers can certainly help keep a woman warm, as well as a good pair of socks.