Jan 1, 2016: Winter feels like a breath of fresh air. While you get ready to enjoy the lower temperatures, pregnant women have to take extra care of their health that keep them warm and safe during their pregnancy.
Here are some winter health tips during pregnancy….
Eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fluids during the winter months will help keep illnesses at bay….
=> Eat More Fruits
They are tasty, full of vitamins, and a juicy way to stay hydrated in winter. Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is one of the richest sources of vitamin C. Add it to chutneys or drink it as amla juice, or you can even have it as sweet amla murabba. Vitamin C helps your body fight infection, and it acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage.
=> Herbal Tea
Sip on herbal teas. Prepare it by boiling tulsi leaves and ginger in water. Add a dash of honey, if you like it sweet. It’s best not to drink too many cups of regular tea (with milk) and coffee. Too much caffeine can lead to dehydration.
=> Kesar Milk
Saffron (kesar) is generally believed to boost immunity and body temperature.
Eat a handful of nuts every day. They are rich in natural oils and vitamins, and are tasty, too. Just be mindful that too much can add too many calories.
Eat sweets like revri, gajjak, laddu, chikki and patti. Buy sweets made with til (sesame seeds) and gur (jiggery). Til is an important source of calcium. It also warms up your body. Gur is considered healthier than other sugars.
Keep a bottle of water handy. It may be winter, but it is important to stay hydrated. Water flushes out toxins. It is also essential for healthy blood cells and the rehydration of tissues.
Follow a regular skincare routine to combat the winter sun and the dry, chilly winds….
=> No Long Baths
Try not to have long, hot baths. Instead, shower with lukewarm water. Try to finish your shower within four to five minutes. This will help prevent dry skin and eczema, which are common in winter.
Moisturise your skin straight after a bath. Use an intensive moisturising cream instead of lotion. Apply glycerin and Vaseline to your face and other dry areas of your body.
=> Lip Care
Use a moisturising lip balm regularly. Or just coat your lips with glycerin-rosewater mixture.
=> Hair Care
Oil your hair twice a week and use a deep conditioner after shampoo.
=> Sunscreen Lotion
Use sunscreen all over your body. The harmful UV rays can penetrate skin easily, even in winter.. Slather sunscreen (with an SPF over 30) liberally over areas of exposed skin, whether you go out or remain indoors.
=> Regular Massage
Get frequent head, foot and back massages. They will not just relax you, but also improve circulation.
Exercise is very important for a healthy body as well as for healthy mind. Never skip the exercise. Also consult your doctor for the light exercises….
=> Be Active
The weather is bound to make you feel lazy. Make sure that you keep yourself active around the house.
Go for a walk in the mornings and evenings. You can join a prenatal fitness programme that teaches exercises suitable for pregnancy.
Learn breathing techniques that can help you during labour.
Practice meditation to relax your mind and ease tensions.
What you wear can go a long way in making you feel comfortable.
=> Cotton Undershirts
Wear cotton camisoles or undershirts under woolen garments. Wool can make your skin itch.
Put on gloves when you step out of the house to protect your hands from the cool dry air.
Wear a hat or a scarf when you leave the house, especially in the evening.
=> Socks & Shoes
Woolen socks and closed shoes are a must to keep your feet warm.
=> Stay Away From Tight Clothes
Wear trousers and skirts that are not too tight at the waist.
Immunity & Hygiene
Build up immunity and ward off winter ailments. There isn’t much you can do about the weather, but there’s plenty you can do to boost your immunity….
=> Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. It is the simplest, most effective way to reduce the chance of catching an infection.
=> Eat Fresh
Fresh fruits and vegetables help build immunity.
Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea helps clear congestion and is believed to be a great immunity booster.
=> Rinse Your Mouth
Rinse your mouth out regularly with warm salt water. This can help prevent throat infections.
Relaxation is vital for any mind. if your mind is not well-relaxed your body also suffers….
=> Be Comfortable
Ensure that you keep yourself warm and make yourself comfortable, even when you are inside the house.
=> Stay Away From Electric Heaters
Use oil-based heaters, instead of electric ones. Oil-based heaters take a longer time to heat up, but they are known to cause less dryness.
=> Use Humidifier
Use a humidifier to counter the dryness generated by a heater. Or you can keep a bowl of water in front of the heater. This helps to add moisture to the dry air.
=> Indoor Plants
Keep indoor plants. They give off moisture and oxygen, and can brighten up a dull day.
Listen to music. It will help you relax.
Stock up with books you always wanted to read. When you are too tired to do anything else on a winter evening, a book by your favourite author will be just the thing.
=> Feel Good
It is very important for a fruitful lady to look beautiful & feel good from inside.