Some people are challenged during fall and winter because they have to deal with the snowy weather, be ready to resist numerous illnesses, and overcome seasonal depression. The question now is, what should you do if you are pregnant during these two seasons? Your pregnancy, or your wife’s, will surely bring certain discomfort. However, it is not going to be a tough one. You just have to keep in mind that baby expectation during the cold season has its peculiarities and it might require extra attention and care about a pregnant woman’s health.
How can a pregnant woman be kept safe this fall?
The cold is very dangerous to fetal health. Thus, it is a must for women to keep warm and comfortable during fall and winter. When going outdoors, a pregnant woman should wear warm maternity clothes to prevent undesirable illnesses that might have negative impacts on the fetus such as flu. When inside the house, rooms must be heated, keeping the temperature level not more than 21-24 degrees, otherwise, it might lead to overheating. A good coat must be chosen and worn at certain times. Cozy mittens and a hat also help keep a pregnant woman warm.
Slippery sidewalks might be a problem during the colder seasons. When a woman is pregnant, her centre of gravity changes and she becomes more prone to falling and slipping. If you already have a bulging belly, you have to be more careful when choosing a path to walk on. If you have no choice but to walk on wet or snowy grounds, make sure that you walk carefully and slowly. Heavy bags must be avoided when pregnant as they will only increase the risk of falling. For some women who still enjoy wearing high heels even when pregnant, it would be better to switch to a pair of comfortable and flat boots. They not only keep your feet warm and dry, but they can also help you stay safe on the slippery ground or flights of stairs.
Avoid public places.
Fall and winter are the prime time for infectious virus diseases such as varicella, rubella infection, influenza, mumps, and others that can negatively affect the development of the fetus. Thus, it is a must for pregnant women to avoid cinemas, theatres, shopping centres, and other public places with people who can be sick. It is also advisable for pregnant women to get a flu shot during this time.
Protect yourself from germs.
A pregnant woman’s immune system tends to weaker and more susceptible to viruses. This is why during the fall and winter seasons, pregnant women can be easily infected by numerous diseases. On a daily basis, you do many things that require you to use your hands – opening doors, using ATM machines and computer keyboards, etc. This is why it is doubly important to get into the habit of washing your hands more frequently – this wards off germs and keeps your immunity protected.