The weather outside might be frightful but if you're pregnant during the winter, you may be dreaming of something delightful — the birth of your new baby. While cold weather can be challenging in some ways, there are a number of tips that can help make it more tolerable.
Dr. Thomas Hatchett and our highly trained team at Habersham OBGYN in Demorest, Georgia, meet a wide range of women's gynecological and obstetrical needs with our top notch integrative health services and personalized care. From the teen years to the post-menopause period, we provide everything from preventive services to help with a specific reproductive system issue to menopause management. We are also experts in infertility, prenatal, and obstetrics care.
From nausea to back aches and more, each trimester of a woman's pregnancy comes with its own set of challenges. Add in the seasons with their complications like the cold and ice, and sometimes it can seem daunting. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make your pregnancy easier and safe.
While it might be tempting to snuggle up in front of a warm fire, it's important to stay physically active to help keep aches and pains at bay. Indoor workouts are a good option, as is walking (with proper footwear to decrease the chance of slipping and falling). Even snowshoeing and cross-country skiing could be possibilities. Avoid anything with a high risk of falling like downhill skiing, snowboarding, or ice skating.
It's easy to remember to drink when the weather is hot, but staying hydrated in the winter is just as important. Between dry cold air outside and overheated houses and stores, it can be a recipe for dehydration.
Now more than ever it's important to get a flu shot to try to stay as healthy as possible. In addition, frequent handwashing, social distancing, and staying away from people who are sick are key components in avoiding illness.
In addition to avoiding heavy lifting, pregnant women should not shovel snow, as it can cause lower back pain. In addition, do not indulge in hot tubs or saunas during the early part of the pregnancy, as the high heat has the possibility of leading to birth defects.
Some women may experience dry, itchy skin, especially around the belly. Taking warm, but not hot, showers and using a good fragrance-free moisturizer can help.
Whether you're already pregnant or seeking to grow your family in the future, book online or call our office at 706-229-4718 today to receive personalized care through your journey.