For those who are considering pregnancy in winter or are pregnant during the winter months, Gynecology Obstetrics and IVF Specialist Op. Dr. Onur Meray made suggestions for a healthy winter pregnancy. Stating that women whose pregnancy period coincides with the winter months should not be stressed, they will have a healthy pregnancy period if they follow the recommendations. Onur Meray continued his words as follows;
VITAMIN C IS VERY IMPORTANT
Don't miss green vegetables and citrus fruits, which are rich in vitamin C, on your table in winter. Thanks to the vitamins and minerals they contain, especially vitamin C, these vegetables and fruits strengthen your immune system and protect you against upper respiratory tract infections, which are especially common in winter. As there is no loss of fluid through sweating due to seasonal normals, we feel more thirsty in winter, but it is especially important for pregnant women to consume fluids regularly during this season.
POOR AIR QUALITY IS HARMFUL TO BABY AND MOTHER
The risk of getting infections increases by breathing in poor quality air or by general use of polluted air and passing into the throat and lungs. In addition, throat and nose infections, dizziness, headaches, and some allergic disorders may occur. It is recommended that expectant mothers who have to go out in polluted air, wear masks, both to prevent breathing in bad air and to be more isolated during the pandemic process.
NUTRITION WITH CALORIES IN ACCOUNT
Foods consumed in winter are often rich in carbohydrates, fats and salt. However, consuming such foods in abundance in the winter months may cause increases in blood sugar and blood pressure values in pregnant women, and as a result, it may cause negative deviations in the health of the mother and baby. Regardless of the season, be sure to pay attention to your diet and avoid salty foods during your pregnancy.
DON'T AVOID THE MOVE BY EXCUSE OF THE SEASON
It may not be possible to do sports outside in the winter, depending on the weather conditions. However, do not neglect your sports, continue to do it regularly at home. The most suitable exercise you can do at home is pilates programs for pregnant women. Even 30 minutes of exercise at home helps a lot in terms of calorie control, muscle strength increase and flexibility. Even if you are on a treadmill, 30-45 minutes of light-paced walking during the day will also provide great benefits.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN
During pregnancy, the skin needs more care as it is more sensitive. In cold weather, the skin dries and cracks, especially on the face and hands, and these cracks can increase the risk of infection. Therefore, instead of cold water for hand and face washing, warm water should be preferred and plenty of moisturizer should be used. Care should be taken to apply a moisturizer every day.
SOCIAL DISTANCE IS IMPORTANT
With the Covid 19 pandemic, infectious diseases such as flu, colds, colds and upper respiratory tract infections increase during the winter months. For this reason, expectant mothers should avoid shaking hands and kissing as much as possible, even if they are family members. Because such diseases are mostly transmitted by close contact such as handshaking, kissing and hugging. Expectant mothers should pay more attention to this issue than ever before during pregnancy. It should not be thought that shaking hands will not do any harm. Infections can be transferred to hands by shaking hands. Hands should be washed as often as possible with plenty of soap and water.
REVIEW YOUR CLOTHING HABITS
In the winter season, expectant mothers should prefer layers of cotton and soft woolen clothes instead of one-piece thick clothes. Synthetic clothing should not be worn to prevent excessive sweating and fungal infections that may occur due to it. In particular, air-permeable clothing should be preferred and excessive sweating should be avoided. Shoe selection is also an important issue for expectant mothers. Suitable shoes should be worn for slippery surfaces such as snow and ice. Instead of high heels; Flat, rubber-soled and deep-toothed shoes that support the posture should be preferred.