Are you expecting a bundle of joy in the next few months? If so, congratulations! And now tell me, are you sick of people telling you how lucky you are to not be expecting that same bundle during the summer? Yes, a summer pregnancy is hard but so is a winter pregnancy! The two extremes of the Great British weather seasons each have their own challenges, so it's a good idea to get prepared now. Here are 5 tips to help you survive a winter pregnancy. Hope it helps!
Don't forget to stay hydrated
We tend to drink a lot of water in the warm summer months, but when it comes to winter we start to slip. Drinking water is a very good habit to be in, whether it is hot or cold outside, and when you're pregnant it's even more important. Your body needs to stay hydrated, especially if you are moving in and out of buildings with central heating. And if you don't drink enough water, you could find yourself feeling faint and dizzy, plus headaches can be an issue too.
Dehydration in pregnancy can be determined by the following signs and symptoms:
- Unable to quench thirst
- Dry nose and mouth
- Lack of energy
- Urinary tract infection
So all said, carrying a bottle of water around with you is probably our number one tip! Don't make the mistake of thinking it's not as important as it is during the summer months.
Carry a hand sanitiser with you everywhere you go
Hand washing in the winter months is really important, because this is the season we all seem to pick up coughs and colds. And when you're pregnant, it's really no fun being ill. Beside the fact that there are little medications that you are able or want to take, being poorly can take it's toll on baby too. So you'll want to avoid as many germs as you can. Now, you can't exactly avoid people all winter, but you can take steps to make sure you stay as germ free as possible.
- A hand sanitiser in your bag is a really great idea
- Wash your hands frequently. It doesn't matter if you become anal about this!
- Ensure all family members are washing their hands too
Do your best to keep the germs away, but if you do fall (it happens, especially as during pregnancy our immune systems can be a lower than usual) talk to your midwife or GP about the medicines which are safe to take during pregnancy.
Take steps to stay on your feet
During the winter, snow and ice can sometimes be a problem, especially for pregnant ladies. Now, sometimes we get snow, and sometimes we don't. But we always seem to get frosty mornings and with it comes black ice. You do NOT want to be slipping and falling! Here are some tips to help you stay on your feet:
- Wear sensible shoes. You will be able to dig out those killer winter boots next year. This year, flats with a good grip on the sole on your best friend.
- Don't carry anything heavy- in fact, limit what you have to carry altogether. Invest in a handy person to do this for you.
Invest in a winter coat
During the summer, there is little need for a coat. But in the winter, it's a different story. The thing is, do you really need a maternity coat, or will a winter coat in a bigger size be ok? It's up to you, but the fact remains you will need something. Chances are, your normal coat won't fit but that doesn't mean you have to go cold this winter.
- Add lots of layers so that you stay warm without a coat.
- Buy a cheaper winter coat in a size or two bigger than usual, and if it's not so thick add a jumper underneath.
- Invest in some thermal underwear.
Extra tip: when you layer up, make them thin layers. You'll be glad you did when you get inside that artificially heated shopping centre!
Eat well and exercise
I know, I know. Winter evenings were made for curling up by the fire and resting. And yes, during pregnancy you really do need to rest a lot more. But exercise is important too, if you can. It helps to get the blood pumping and keeps you active in preparation for the big day. And eating well will help you to ward off bugs too. It makes sense, but don't get too paranoid about it. Adopt a healthy balanced view to the whole thing and don't beat yourself up if baby wants ice cream.
What are your top tips for surviving a winter pregnancy?