Parkridge Health System - December 06, 2019

Congrats on your pregnancy! Being pregnant is one of the most amazing experiences a woman can have in her life. And in December, it can certainly bring another set of joys—but, also, concerns.

But there are ways you can overcome the winter concerns while expecting a new bundle of joy so that you can focus more on the joys of the season while pregnant.

This time of year can be beautiful, especially in Chattanooga. However, it can also be quite harsh at times. Stay safe and healthy while pregnant this holiday season by keeping a few tips in mind:

Take care of your health

By taking care of your health, you are also caring for the health of your unborn child.

For one, you want to make sure you remain hydrated this winter. Just because we aren't seeing the blistering temperatures of the summer, that doesn't mean you can't get dehydrated.

Not only is the winter air extremely dry, but you are also spending more time indoors, which is probably warm and toasty. As a result, you can run the risk of becoming overly warm and dehydrated. So make sure you are sipping on water throughout the day.

In addition, you also want to make sure you get your flu shot. Although the flu shot is important to everyone, it is even more important for pregnant women, as you are now at a higher risk for more serious medical complications if you catch the flu. There's an added bonus for receiving the flu shot during pregnancy—your antibodies pass on to your unborn child, protecting him or her after birth.

Watch your step

With the colder temperatures comes the ice and slush, putting you at an increased risk of falls. Be careful every time you head outdoors this winter to make sure you avoid a fall that can be harmful to both you and your baby.

Do not be afraid to ask for help by having someone hold your hand to and from your destination to ensure you get there safely and without harm.

Also choose shoes that have low heels and traction to allow you a better foothold on the ground.

Show your skin some TLC

As if your skin isn't experiencing enough changes already due to hormonal fluctuations, the winter season can also cause your skin to become more dry and itchy due to the colder weather.

Use a good moisturizer and try to avoid taking long, hot showers. Stick to slightly cooler water and stay in the water for less time.

The moisturizer is especially important given the indoor temperatures we were discussing earlier—so be sure to slather it on to protect your skin!

Are you expecting a new addition to the family? Be sure to check out the classes available at Parkridge East Hospital that can help you and your family be better prepared for your new arrival.