No matter the season, pregnancy brings both joys and frustrations. But each season upsides and downsides during pregnancy. With cold weather coming around, you might be wondering what being pregnant in winter is like. As you can probably guess, there are both pros and cons to winter pregnancy.
Cooler Temperatures = Less Sweat
No matter the temperature outside, your internal temperature will be above normal. However, when it is colder outside, it may be easier to cool down. You may still sweat, but at least there won’t be heat and humidity adding to your discomfort.
With cooling temperatures, it’s time to break out the warmer layers. Many women like fall and winter clothing bc it can hide areas they may feel self-conscious about. Or if you’re private and don’t want to discuss your pregnancy, it can camouflage a bump. Layers are important to adjust for temperature differences between buildings and outside.
Holiday Food Can Satisfy Cravings
You should eat a healthy diet throughout your pregnancy so both you and your baby get proper nutrition. But that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a treat now and then. During winter holidays, there are often foods that can satisfy cravings. Just make sure you don’t go overboard and follow any specific dietary restrictions your doctor has recommended.
Excuses to Stay In (Sometimes)
Cold weather can create a good excuse to take it easy and stay in. Wear comfy clothes and fuzzy socks while you curl up to watch favorite movies or read. This is a great opportunity to get needed rest if you’re rushing around or on your feet a lot. Just make sure you don’t use this excuse to opt-out of the exercise you should get while pregnant.
Opportunities for Family Time
There are several family-focused holidays in the winter and fall. That means you may be spending quality time with family members you don’t see often. Family gatherings at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or other winter holidays are the perfect time to catch up and enjoy time with relatives before you have a new baby to care for.
No Easy, Breezy Maternity Dresses
While some women welcome the opportunity to wear cozy sweaters and use layers to conceal certain things, some mourn for the lost chance of slipping into a loose and flowy maternity dress. There’s no denying that these are a comfortable and easy option, but you can look for winter-appropriate alternatives.
Jackets and Coats Don’t Grow With You
When dressing appropriately for chilly weather, a good jacket or coat is often necessary. However, as your baby grows, you will grow, but your outerwear will not. That means you might need to give in and purchase a maternity coat or two.
Dry Conditions = Dehydration
Just because you aren’t sweating so much doesn’t mean your body isn’t losing moisture. On the contrary, cold and dry weather will dry out your skin quickly. Not only can this make for itchy and uncomfortable patches of skin, but it will also dehydrate you. You may not feel the urge to drink as much water as when it’s hot out, but make sure you get plenty of fluids in winter.
Icy or snowy conditions can make walking difficult for anyone, not to mention someone who may find a growing belly difficult to maneuver. Slipping and falling is a danger during winter pregnancies. Pregnant women may have more trouble getting up after a fall and the risk of trauma may be higher. Try to find shoes with good traction and exercise extreme caution.
Swollen Feet in Boots
Your sweet will still swell during winter, but you won’t have the option of just slipping on flip flops or Crocs. Trying to stuff swollen feet into boots is not a good idea, so think about getting weather-appropriate shoes in bigger sizes.
Cold and Flu Season
Probably the biggest negative of winter pregnancy is the fact that it’s cold and flu season. And the last thing you want when you get pregnant is another thing to make you uncomfortable when you can’t take most medicines. Not to mention the danger it poses. Make sure you get vaccinated against the flu and follow the CDC’s guidelines on how to protect yourself from the common cold.
No matter what season it is, the Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) at City of Oaks Midwifery will be here to care for you before, during, and after you give birth. Our full-scope midwifery services provide care for women throughout all stages of life, from the first well-woman visit through menopause. To make an appointment and experience the benefits of individualized care, call (919) 351-8253 to make an appointment at our Raleigh, NC office.