When the temperature drops, flu season is in full swing and black ice is everywhere it’s easy to get a little anxious about protecting your baby and yourself during your winter pregnancy. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered during your winter pregnancy. With the season in mind, we’ve compiled a few suggestions to help keep you safe, healthy and happy amidst a winter wonderland.
1. Dress for the weather: While it might be tempting to try and stretch your outerwear through your pregnancy, a winter coat is one item that doesn’t transition well. If you’re going to be pregnant during the cooler months, invest in a maternity coat that will keep you and your baby warm!
2. If you’re sick, take something!: When you’re pregnant, anything you catch lasts a little bit longer since your immune system is suppressed. Consult with the pharmacist to determine what over the counter medications are safe during pregnancy. Claritin, Chlor-trimeton, Benadryl, Tylenol and saline drops have all been deemed safe for consumption by pregnant women.
3. If you’re sick, stay home!: While we might try and tough it out at the office under normal circumstances, it’s best not to push it during your pregnancy. If you don’t feel great, do yourself (and your colleagues) a favour and stay home.
4. Nourish your body and your baby: If it’s your thing, the winter months make for the perfect time to stay inside and try out all the recipes you’ve been stashing away. Cozy up with a pot of (decaf) tea and get creative in the kitchen!
5. Go somewhere warm: If you’re still in your 1st or 2nd trimester when the winter chill hits, consider escaping to a warmer climate for a week or two. While we can’t make spring come any faster, a tropical getaway pre-baby can be just the injection you (and your partner) need to get through the winter months.