As the weather gets colder, the days get shorter and the nights get longer, you can feel the effects of winter all around, especially the you’re pregnant.
As we plunge into the icy depths of the season, we at The Parents Class wanted to make sure you knew about how winter affects your pregnancy.
We also wanted to take the opportunity to provide you with some tips and tricks for staying happy and healthy through the whole of winter!
1. Stay Warm!
Although this may seem a little obvious, keeping yourself and your baby warm during the winter months is very important.
If you’re heading out then make sure you wear comfy, cosy clothes like a hat, scarf and winter coat. It’s also worth considering investing in some flat, grippy shoes or boots to prevent slips and falls as it gets icier.
Also, try not to spend prolonged periods in extremely cold weather as this could be harmful to both your health, and the health of your baby.
2. Stay Up to Date With Vaccines
The NHS recommends that pregnant women receive flu, whooping cough and COVID-19 vaccinations.
Because your immune system is weaker during pregnancy, you can be more susceptible to flu and resulting complications, like pneumonia.
Staying up to date with your flu jabs will help protect you and baby against any nasty winter lurgies.
You can get the flu vaccine during any stage of your pregnancy.
While not necessarily a winter virus, we’re including Whooping cough here because of the risks it poses to young babies. It can result in hospitalisation or worse if severe.
By getting the whooping cough vaccination during pregnancy, ideally between 16-32 weeks, your body will produce enough antibodies to protect your baby until they are 8 weeks old.
The Government has set out a plan for rolling out COVID-19 vaccines this autumn and winter, with appointments scheduled for between September and December.
It’s highly recommended that you receive a COVID-19 vaccine if you are pregnant as you’re more at risk of infection.
The vaccine is completely safe to have at any stage of your pregnancy and does not contain any live viruses, nor can it give you or your baby coronavirus.
Be sure to book your appointments sooner rather than later!
3. Keep active
Because your immune system is so susceptible during winter, it’s advised that pregnant women engage in regular exercise.
Being active can help improve your natural defences against disease and infection, while also giving you the opportunity to get some fresh air and a change of scenery, which can be great for mental, as well as physical, health in winter.
Swimming and walking are both popular ways of keeping active when pregnant, but you may also want to try indoor activities if it’s especially cold, such as yoga, online aerobics classes, or perhaps – if you’re old school – a workout DVD!
4. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables
Eating more greens during pregnancy can be another way to give your immune system a bit of a boost the winter months.
Having hearty root vegetable soups or bright and uplifting fruit salads can go a long way in helping your body fight off infections for you and baby.
Read our blog to find out more about which foods to eat (and which to avoid) during pregnancy, here.
It’s also recommended that pregnant women take vitamin D supplements during winter in order to maintain a healthy immune system. The recommended dose is around 10 micrograms per day, but this can vary.
Talk to your midwife, GP or healthcare provider for more information about taking vitamin D.
5. Moisturise and hydrate
As your belly grows this winter to accommodate baby’s development, you may find that the skin on your tummy can become itchy. Because skin often gets dry during the winter months, this itching can become pretty painful.
Combat this with a good moisturiser and by keeping yourself hydrated.
If nothing else, staying cosy and comfy indoors this winter will be a huge help when it comes to keeping you and baby safe, happy and healthy!
Are you pregnant this winter? Join The Parents Class
Will you be or are you already pregnant heading into this year’s winter months?
Come along to one of our antenatal classes, held in lovely snug venues around London and the South East.
For more information and to find your nearest course, click here.