Your Winter Pregnancy Survival Guide
You may have a bun in the oven, but this time of year will leave you feeling anything but toasty. A winter pregnancy comes with many of its own unique challenges. Follow these tips to survive (and enjoy) a winter pregnancy:
Stay active: It’s tempting to eat more and work out less when it’s cold outside, especially when you are pregnant. Yet you need to keep moving — exercise is more important than ever while you are expecting. Working out may improve your mood, reduce pregnancy complications and even help you keep up with your newborn’s demands. One of the best ways to stay active is by going for a walk every day, but if it’s too cold or slippery outside, that’s obviously not an option. Instead, sign up for a gym membership, take prenatal workout classes or purchase exercise DVDs.
Baby yourself: When you’re pregnant your body is working overtime, suppressing your immune system. It’s important to take extra special care of yourself in order to stay healthy. Talk to your doctor about getting the flu shot and ask for types of over-the-counter medications that are safe to take in case you get sick. Drink plenty of water, wash your hands on a regular basis, and take your daily prenatal pill. Don’t forget to moisturize — the cold air can wreak havoc on your skin and growing belly. Be sure to use a lotion with SPF to guard against sun reflecting off the snow onto much more sensitive pregnant skin.
Prepare your bump: Special maternity winter coats are available. If you are hesitant to buy a special size since you'll only wear it for a few months, try looking in local thrift stores or asking a recently pregnant friend. You can also try dressing in layers topped with a warm scarf. One item you’ll want to invest in is sturdy boots to prevent slips and falls.
Get organized: Many first-time parents dream of the projects they’ll tackle during maternity or paternity leave. In reality, you won’t have that luxury. Simply sneaking in a shower may become an impossible feat! Before your baby arrives, take advantage of the extra time you’ll have indoors during the winter months and give into your nesting urges. Organize your files and photos, prepare the nursery, write thank-you notes, finish your baby development books, or get ahead on meals by cooking double portions and freezing half for those busy newborn days.
Shop online: There’s no need to brave the winter weather to create your baby registry. Surfing the web has its benefits — like shopping from the comfort of your own couch. Another plus: you can find a review for any baby product online. You can even buy groceries online to avoid heavy lifting on slippery surfaces.
Visit your hospital: Once the moment comes to drive to the hospital, excitement and anxiety will set in. In order to prevent getting lost on wintery roads, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the route. Sign up for a tour of the facility. Some hospitals even offer inexpensive parenting classes such as newborn care and breastfeeding. Make sure you are prepared for your baby’s arrival in advance. Prepare your hospital bag following this helpful checklist!
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