Because winter makes it harder for us to get outside, it can be a challenging time to stay active. Physical activity is an essential part of staying healthy when you’re pregnant, but it’s just as important to stay warm and safe in inclement weather. We have some tips to help you make your pregnancy healthy and active this winter. And don’t worry — spring is just around the corner!
- Stay hydrated: In the cold, it can be easier to get dehydrated from sweating, breathing, and the drying power of wind, and it’s sometimes harder to notice. The Mayo Clinic recommends drinking water before, during, and after activity to stay hydrated.
- Talk to your doctor about getting a flu vaccine: It’s recommended by the CDC that pregnant women get flu shots because of the higher risk of illness during pregnancy.
- Join your community pool: It may be hard to find clear areas to walk or jog in the winter, and swimming is a great pregnancy exercise alternative. Your local indoor community center pool is a great place to get some low-impact exercise.
- Relax: Finding a local prenatal yoga class can benefit you both in doing some exercise, but it also gives you time to get centered, relax, and get some of that “me time.” If yoga isn’t your thing, pick up a book or listen to some music in your coziest outfit.
- Delegate winter chores: Shoveling, de-icing, and scraping the car off are not pregnancy-friendly chores. Ask your partner or a friendly neighbor to help you out with this during while you’re pregnant. It is not the worth the risk of slipping, falling, or over-exerting yourself.
- Get proper winter gear: Winter coats can be one of the trickiest items for pregnant women to buy because it is for such a short period of time, but it’s worth it to keep you warm! A pregnancy clothing swap with friends could be a fun way to borrow or trade clothes for during different points in your pregnancy. Wearing layers in winter will also help to keep you warm. Invest in solid winter shoes or boots that don’t slip and will keep your feet warm.
- Take good care of yourself: Eat healthy and balanced, wash your hands (germs can be everywhere during winter/flu season!), and use sick days or take time off if needed. Self-care is one of the most important things you can do to ensure a healthy pregnancy.