Surviving a Winter Pregnancy in Duluth, MN an other cold climes.
With the colder temps, you may be perspiring less, but with the dry air of winter, dehydration can still be a problem. Be sure to stay hydrated with plenty of liquids. If cold water doesn't sound appetizing, try warm water or decaffeinated tea. Be sure to check with your doctor if you want to try an herbal ingredient you haven't used in pregnancy before. If the dry air is sucking the moisture from your skin, try using a moisturizer with beeswax for its healing, protecting, and softening properties.
2) It's really cold outside.
It's hard to make yourself get outside for some physical activity when the temps dip below zero, not to mention the fact that there are limited daylight hours this time of year. But exercise has so many benefits for pregnant women, from helping ease the aches and pains of pregnancy to boosting your mood to keeping blood sugar levels in check to keeping you strong. Winter fix: Take a prenatal exercise class. Nothing motivates me to get off the couch like having prepaid for a class. Prenatal yoga is a great option because it has the added benefit of meeting other moms-to-be. Here in Duluth there is a great class by Women Circling Women on Monday nights. Check it out!
3) Sidewalks are slippery!
And slick-ery as my youngest would say. Pregnancy changes your center of gravity, making you more prone to losing your balance. Fix: Invest in some supportive nonslip boots or boot grippers like Yak Tracks. And if you do slip and fall in the ice and slush, be sure you call your doctor.
4) You can no longer zip your favorite coat.
Sure, shopping for maternity clothes can be fun, but a really warm coat is pretty spendy. It can be hard to justify spending a lot on something you might only wear for a month or two. Fix: Lots of layers. You can get away with a lighter (and less expensive) coat if you pair it with a warm sweater and base layers. Invest in a really warm hat and mittens that will fit again next year, post baby.
5) It's germ season.
Pregnancy already has you feeling not quite yourself. Many over the counter cold and flu medications are not recommended during pregnancy. You really don't want to get sick! Solution: Wash your hands often and keep you hands away from your face to keep the germs at bay. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a flu vaccine during pregnancy, and some doctors recommend a pertussis vaccine, as well, so you may want to discuss these vaccinations with your health care provider.
On the bright side, winter is a wonderful time to stay in and snuggle your baby! At least you have that to look forward to!