Pregnancy at any time of the year can be a “comfort challenge” – but the winter months bring a few extra special obstacles. To help you remain comfy, cozy and take care of yourself this winter season, I’ve put together a few winter tips for pregnant women:
1) In the Wise Words of Mom’s Everywhere – “Don’t forget your hat”.
When you hit your third trimester, your core body heat can go up making you feel warm even in colder temperatures. However, it is critical to ensure that your body stays warm when you’re outdoors. You may not need to bundle up in your warmest sweater and a down-filled coat, but a hat is a must. Keeping your head covered will help to sustain body heat during the most frigid weather.
2) You Finally Have the Perfect Excuse – Get a new pair of shoes!
I’m the first one to promote adorable heels and a great pair of boots, but navigating slippery sidewalks that you can hardly see due to that blossoming belly… not a good idea in a pair of unreliable shoes. Ensure that you have a sturdy pair of shoes (or boots) with great grip, helping you take each step with confidence.
3) Raise a Toast With the Rest – Just make yours sparkling juice.
When the festivities begin, being pregnant can make you feel a bit left out of the holiday toasting. Don’t let it get you down. Instead, fill your champagne flute with a sparkling juice of your choice, you can even find non-alcoholic ciders that bring a true tingle to your taste buds.
4) Shimmy off the Winter Blues – Turn up your music and do some movement.
Your driveway may need shoveling and the streets may be a bit messy, but that does not mean you can’t keep up your prenatal fitness routine. Exercise is critical at any point in life, especially pregnancy. From prenatal exercise videos, to simply a bit of dancing to your own chosen soundtrack – movement will help to keep you healthy and even fight off the effects of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
5) Relax, Breathe and Go Inwards – Meditation warms you from the inside out.
Although a warm cup of hot chocolate can give you a short-term boost, meditation has the power of warming you up from your deepest center (your heart) all the way out to the tips of your toes and top of your head. It is another great tool to use year round, yet in the winter months can come in extra handy for those of you who experience holiday frenzy, stress and the cold chills that may accompany frantic gift shopping. At any point in your day, you can sit back, relax, take a deep breathe and find yourself in the warm embrace of a soothing meditation.
Have a few tips of your own? I’d love to hear them!