Enduring the winter season can be difficult when you’re pregnant. Your old winter clothes don’t fit, and now you’re spending tons of money on new maternity clothes. Depending on where you live, there can be many other obstacles to staying happy and healthy this season like cold weather, the stress of the holidays, and sickness lurking at every corner. It’s important to be prepared when it comes to taking on the biting cold this year, and we’ve got some universal tips to make your holiday season as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
It might sound funny to think that you need to stay hydrated when it’s winter, but it’s important to drink a lot of fluids during pregnancy. According to thebump.com, staying hydrated by drinking a lot of fluids can help with constipation, softening skin, reducing edema, and decreases your risk of getting urinary tract infections and preterm labor. You also want to drink a lot of water throughout the day as it is a natural cleanser and can help flush out the toxins in your body. So drink up this winter-whether it’s infused water, herbal tea, juice, hot cocoa, anything that is pregnancy appropriate and keeps you drinking.
Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean you have to quit your exercise routine. Think of this time as a way to start a new fitness routine and mix things up a bit. Keeping up your activity is important for maintaining your weight and well-being during pregnancy. Womenshealth.gov says that healthy pregnant women should get 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. They suggest getting involved in low-impact activities like walking, dancing, or cycling. Ask your personal health care professional what routine works best for you, your baby, and your health for the safest approach.
Invest in Basic Maternity Wear
Stock up on basic maternity pieces for your winter wardrobe, but make sure you have these three items in your closet: a maternity winter coat, maternity dress pants, and a long sleeve maternity maxi dress. You will need a winter coat that accommodates your growing belly and keeps you warm; anything that is double lined is a plus. Maternity dress pants are great for the career mom, work parties, and the holidays if you don’t want to wear a dress. On the other hand, if you are a dress fanatic, then a long sleeve maternity maxi dress will be a great go-to as the long sleeves will keep you warm, and a flowy dress will be comfortable to sit in through all your holiday family events.
Find a hobby
If you’re on maternity leave, snowed in from a storm, or just bored at home, the winter season is a great opportunity to dive into a new hobby. There are so many creative activities to do during the holidays, from decorating your house with DIY projects or designing your baby’s nursery. Maybe you love to cook and can try new side dish recipes for you holiday parties, or now finally have the time to read that novel you bought 2 months ago. Whatever your passion is, revisit it with a new fierceness or find something new that you love to do.
We hope these tips can help ease some of the difficulty that comes with being pregnant during the biting cold and winter months. Staying positive is the key to living a happy life, so make sure to really hone in on your festive spirit and count your blessings this holiday season.