Chestnuts are roasting on the open fire, and Jack Frost is nipping at your nose–but being pregnant during the colder months isn’t always a winter wonderland.
The Emcee was born on a cold February night. DaddyVents and I made our way to the hospital layered in warm thermal long johns, hats, scarves and mittens. A winter pregnancy can definitely be a chilly challenge!
You’re at the doctor almost every week, checking on your growing baby. As the days get shorter and colder, it’s important to take care of your mental health, too. Prenatal depression affects 15-23% of pregnant women, and can lead to preterm labor, low birth weight, and postpartum depression. A winter pregnancy can also be affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a kind of depression linked to winter’s early darkness.Are you pregnant this winter? Check out #3! Click To Tweet
Seratonin, a neruotransmitter related to mood, anxiety, and well being, can dip in winter because of the shorter days and lack of exposure to natural light. Sleep with your curtains open to let in the morning light, or boost your seratonin levels with a dawn stimulator, which mirrors the sunrise. Studies have found that light therapy can reduce depression during pregnancy by 49%. Get a dawn stimulator on Amazon, or download Wake-up Light on iOS and the Lichtwecker and Glimmer apps on Android.
Your immune system is relaxing while your baby grows, leaving you exposed to winter germs. Stop itchy, scratchy throats and runny noses before they start by taking your prenatal vitamin and getting lots of vitamin C. Oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, strawberries, and even vegetables like broccoli and kale are can help boost your immune system naturally. Be sure to wash your hands often, and use an antibacterial sanitizer when you can’t get to the sink.
If you do catch a cold, medicines like Tylenol and Robitussin are okay during pregnancy–but check with your doctor or midwife before taking any medication while pregnant.
While the weather outside is frightful, you’re having your own personal summer. Dressing for a winter pregnancy is tricky–but you can avoid being too hot or too cold by dressing in layers. “I would actually recommend that [pregnant women] layer,” says stylist Candace Hannah. “Try long tee-shirts, actually anything that has a little bit of length because that’s going to cover up the bump. Layer them with dusters or cardigans—stuff that doesn’t really need to close,” Top maternity tees and tanks with cozy sweaters, and you’ll be ready for whatever the season brings.
Do you need a maternity coat? Not necessarily, says stylist Maegan Watson. “Capes and ponchos make the best maternity coats. They are super stylish and can still be perfectly warm. Earlier in the pregnancy you can belt it to define the belly and then lose the belt when your belly gets too big. Since capes don’t have to be maternity sized to accommodate a bump, you don’t have to feel bad about investing in this piece as it will work after your pregnancy.” Throw on a poncho, or accessorize a too tight coat by leaving it open and tying a scarf just above your bump.
A winter pregnancy can still be the most wonderful time of the year! How are you surviving?
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