The temptation of monsoons is what causes any person to enjoy the first rains in all their glory. As a pregnant woman, the possibilities of lying on your armchair, sipping on some hot soup, while reading your favorite book and listening to the rain rage outside can be quite the dream. Along with the rains, monsoons bring with themselves a ton of other aspects that make care for moms-to-be an essential thing to remember.
It can be very tricky to care for yourself when there is a change in the weather. So, here are some pregnancy care tips:-
- Stick to a nutritious & well-balanced diet
A diet that includes everything that a mother and her baby need is a necessity when you are pregnant. However, it becomes more of a mandatory thing to follow in monsoons. During this period when the general immunity in our body is at its lowest and monsoons bring along with them many diseases too. Design your diet plan with a high protein diet which gives you a good amount of nutrition. Consuming warm food items and sipping some healthy soups is a great choice. Stick to freshly prepared food items and as a precaution try to avoid green vegetables like spinach or cabbage, since there are higher chances of those carrying germs.
- Stay hydrated like in ‘its summer’.
The humidity in the atmosphere increases while the overall temperature reduces, making the season of monsoons pleasant. This also makes a trick with your body, where your body thinks it has enough fluids since it tends to compare with the previous seasons of summer. Precisely due to this reason many pregnant women suffer from dehydration in the monsoons, which leads to nausea, headaches and complaints of fainting. Ensure that your fluid intake is tracked and stays at the same level as in summer. Add fresh juices and coconut water regularly into your diet.
- Avoid street food, despite any cravings
All those previous memories, when you’d step out with your friends to gobble up some nice street food, need to take a strict backseat during your pregnancy period. We have all complained about stomach problems, at the very least, after eating street food. Apart from the unhygienic conditions and uncertainty about the sources of water used in those food items and consuming extremely spicy street food with all the adulterated oil, chemicals and masala’s can be quite harmful to you and the baby. Even any fruits or vegetables that are cut and kept out for sale can be a convenient habitat for multiple diseases, especially during monsoons. Slake your chaat obsession by preparing chaat at home using safe water and quality known ingredients.
- Be more cautious about personal hygiene during monsoon
You might be maintaining general cleanliness in your surroundings, but monsoons always bring a new level of infections and diseases. Slightest chance of overlooking any aspect of hygiene, simply like washing hands prior to cooking, can be a pathway for germs to reach your body and, in worst cases, it can reach to your baby too. During pregnancy, lowered immunity makes it, even more, easier for diseases to reach you, which is why it is necessary to keep a disinfectant with you at all times. Moreover, when you fall sick with an infection, your doctor may not be able to recommend any antibiotics and strong medication during pregnancy due to its effects on the baby and you will have to utilize natural remedies, which might take quite some time to ease your sickness. There is always a golden word in healthcare “ prevention is the best cure”.
- Sanitation of the surroundings play a key role as well
You need to take care of the area around you and keeping it free from germs is an important aspect which you need to keep in mind as well. Using a soothing and fragrant soap solution for cleaning the home isn’t sufficient. You need to replace that with a strong disinfectant that can rid your home of any microbes or germs that stay even in the darkest corners. Extra precaution needs to be kept by wash and replace your beddings and other upholstery regularly since visitors and other guests can bring germs along with them from the outside.
- Mosquitoes invasion are your worst enemies
In our country, there are only a few people who are lucky in this world to stay at a home that is free from mosquito invasion. Most of us have to be at war with mosquitoes, especially during monsoons, when mosquitoes enter our homes in a mass. Use a mosquito repellent as the first line of defence but do not hesitate from using a liquidator as well. Using mosquito nets in your beds can help you get a good sleep at night. Keep your eyes on an around your home and in the surroundings, pots, unused vessels where stagnant pools of water might remain. These are the breeding grounds of mosquitoes, which should be taken care of or should be avoided as much as possible.
7. The right footwear helps you keep a safe grip at all times
During pregnancy, if you prefer taking walks outside or you are still in the early stages of pregnancy and working, you need to take extra caution for maintaining your balance with the widespread presence of slippery surface in monsoons. Even the roads which you are well-versed with can turn into dangerous pathways when they are covered with water or even wet. Any slip and fall can lead to harmful consequences for the baby and you.
8. Keep your dressing choices based on weather
During monsoon, there is an increase in humidity and chances of getting wet in the rain makes it sensible to choose clothing that allows your body to breathe better and keeps your body dry. Clothes made of cotton fabric are the best. Avoid synthetic fabric choices since they do not absorb sweat and will lead you to rashes on the skin and uneasiness.
9. Make bathing time for disinfection
Once a day during monsoon, make sure you take a bath that contains disinfectants. This reduces the chances of getting infected via various microbes which stays on your body for long and finding their way inside you. Some natural remedies like using neem with warm water or even a cap of Dettol etc with warm water can not only give a relaxing bath but make you feel clean and healthy, too.
- Always remember “precaution is better than cure”
Pregnancy, constrain you from all the things you could have done by yourself. Therefore, it is better to take precautionary measures into an account for possible unpleasant scenarios and prepare for them. For example, while you are stepping out of your home, always carry an umbrella and make sure your phone is charged. Carry a power-bank if needed. Check for weather updates regularly and avoid going out during times when showers are predicted.
During monsoon, everybody wishes to enjoy these moments to the fullest. Being pregnant might bring in a few restrictions in standard routine work but that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the weather. Keeping in mind a few monsoon pregnancy care tips will make sure that you stay safe at all times and enjoy the weather and the beautiful rains with your little one inside you.