When you are pregnant, your immune system – the body’s defence against infections – is weaker than usual. Here we share pregnancy tips for staying healthy during the colder winter months.
Pregnancy can be challenging at the best of times and especially at the moment, it’s really important to look after yourself. So it’s better to try to boost your immune system in winter to avoid those cold and flu viruses when you are pregnant, if you can.
Some medicines aren’t safe to take in pregnancy so if you do get ill, make sure you check the label before taking anything. You can also talk to a pharmacist if you’re unsure that medicine is safe to take while pregnant.
It’s important to have a healthy diet during the winter months. Filling up on fruit and veg can really boost your immune system and help your body to fight off infections.
It’s the perfect time of year to fuel your body with all the nutrients in winter vegetables. Why not enjoy some homemade soup and seasonal veg to help keep you healthy throughout winter.
Regular exercise has health benefits and helps to strengthen your immune system. It’s a really good idea to stay active through winter, and it’s also good for your mental health to get out and about in the fresh air. Even better if it’s in a park or natural setting.
Walking and swimming are great ways to exercise throughout pregnancy. You could also try an online home exercise class or video to keep you moving even when the weather is bad and you are stuck indoors.
If you are going out and about when it’s really cold then make sure you wrap up warm and wear a hat, scarf and coat. You’ll need to keep you and your unborn baby warm so there’s even more reason to make sure you are dressed for the weather. And don’t stay out in the freezing cold for long.
Vaccination can protect you and your baby
Pregnant women are recommended to get the Covid-19 vaccination by the NHS. To help you make a decision, you can read our article about the vaccination when you’re pregnant here.
The NHS also recommends vaccination to help protect you and your baby from the flu, which can cause complications during pregnancy. Find out more about the flu vaccination during pregnancy in our article.
During the winter months it’s advised that pregnant women take a vitamin D supplement.
Even during “normal” times, sticking to good hygiene practices will help you to prevent picking up an infection. In the current climate, of course, it’s especially important. Make sure you wash your hands regularly.
At the best of times, we’d say try to keep your distance from people with coughs or colds, but for the time being, you should also observe social distancing from everyone who is not in your household.
When you’re meeting other people indoors, it’s a good idea to open a window to let fresh air in. You could encourage them to do a lateral flow test before they see you for peace of mind. Currently, face coverings are also required to be worn when you’re inside public places.
You might find it useful to see the guidance for health and safety in the workplace if you’re pregnant here.
Hopefully you will keep the winter bugs at bay this winter and have a happy, healthy pregnancy through winter. If you do catch a cold or virus this winter then you might like to read our coping with illness during pregnancy article. For information about pregnancy and coronavirus, see our feature here.
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