Do Not Worry about Winter Pregnancy

The CDC has recommended that women who will be pregnant during flu season get a flu shot and offered reassurance that it’s safe to get a flu shot at any point during pregnancy.

During all the festivities, pregnant women will be missing out on one of the time-honored holiday traditions — a little nip to stay warm.

Although your summer pregnancy is less likely to be affected by coughs and colds, you could still be hit by the sniffles due to hay fever While this isn’t risky for mother or baby’s health, it’s uncomfortable – and is known to make sufferers feel more tired , which is something pregnant people already experience.

Pregnancy lasts nine months, which means it can often span both the summer and the winter – but is there a season that’s preferable for the main bulk of your baby-growing?

Many women choose a spring baby because it pretty much avoids being pregnant during those summer months and the final trimester happens in winter, which means you’ll be wrapped up anyway.

I often times had to come straight home from work and soak in a cool Aveeno oatmeal bath (yes, cool because warm water causes your skin to try out further) in the winter months.

I’m pretty happy that I won’t have to be 9 months pregnant and sweltering in the humid weather (I definitely felt like I missed that whole summer when Maya was born), but I do need a few extra clothing items this time around.

Instead of hitting the thrift store to buy a maternity coat to wear only for a few months, it is a wiser option to buy a winter jacket and keep the body cosy and warm by zipping it up properly.

“Until we can learn more, it makes sense to reduce the amount of time that pregnant women are exposed to extreme hot or cold weather,” said study senior author Pauline Mendola, an epidemiologist at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

In addition, women exposed to unusually hot or cold weather over their entire pregnancy were about 2.5 times more likely to have term low-birth-weight babies, compared to those exposed to milder temperatures over their entire pregnancy.

Researchers found that women who experienced unusually hot or cold weather during pregnancy were at increased risk for having babies with a low birth weight , even when the baby was not born prematurely.

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