Winter is the perfect time to snuggle by the fireplace, enjoy some scrumptious holiday treats, and cuddle on the couch with your loved ones. When those cold breezes start to blow, and ice and snow fill the landscape, staying active and healthy tends to take a backseat to warmer, indoor activities.

However, if you’re pregnant during the winter season, this isn’t the time to hang up your running shoes. Keeping healthy and fit is a key component to having the best possible pregnancy you can.

Many women find it difficult to stay motivated to exercise during pregnancy. Add sub-zero temperatures, and chances are good the only exercise you’ll want to do is walk from your front door to your car.

It may be difficult to stay healthy during these frigid winter months when all you want to do is stay curled up on the couch. With that in mind, here are five tips on how to stay motivated to help you have a healthy pregnancy during the winter season.

1. Plan an Alternative Indoor Workout

The most highly recommended form of exercise for pregnant women is walking, but it’s no fun to be outside when temperatures are frigid. Instead of parking yourself on the couch for the next few months, find a way to stay active indoors. Plan a workout routine at home. Or, take a prenatal fitness class. For some people, there’s no better motivation for exercise than knowing you had to pay for it.

Physical activity will help with your pregnancy aches and pains and support you down the road as you attempt to lose weight once your baby’s born. Exercise is also great for your growing child, so don’t neglect it. Some indoor workouts you can try during the winter include:

  • Prenatal exercise DVDs or YouTube videos
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Low-impact cardio
  • Swimming

2. Invest in Outdoorwear When Heading Out

If you don’t mind the cold weather, getting some fresh air and walking outside could be an excellent way for you to stay healthy during your pregnancy. However, ice and slush are real risks that could cause you to fall. Pregnancy has a tendency to change your center of gravity.

Be sure to invest in some non-slip footwear, such as supportive boots. You should also keep warm with a properly fitting coat. That may be hard as your belly expands, but coats are available that last throughout your pregnancy and beyond. They include extender panels to accomodate your growing bump. Once you’ve given birth, the coat goes back to normal, giving you more bang for your buck.

3. Drink Plenty of Water

Whether you’re dealing with dry, itchy skin around your growing baby bump or you want to keep your immune system as healthy as possible, water is a simple and readily available solution. Although pregnant women think more about staying hydrated during the hot summer months, it’s just as important to drink tons of water during the winter.

4. Protect You and Your Baby From Germs

Many women are terrified of getting sick during pregnancy. While cold and flu germs tend to run rampant during the winter season, there are a couple of precautions you can take to prepare yourself:

  • Diligently wash your hands: The best way to keep germs at bay is to have clean hands and to avoid touching your nose and mouth.
  • Avoid being around sick people: If everyone in the office seems to be coming down with a bug, it may be time to use a few of your sick days to avoid catching it. It’s also okay to politely excuse yourself from situations where people are coughing or sneezing.
  • Get a flu shot: As you reach your third trimester, your immune system will be at its weakest. So, be sure to get your flu shot even if you usually don’t bother.

5. Take a Break From Certain Seasonal Activities

Avoid winter activities or sports that carry a higher risk of falling, as even a simple slip could cause you to go into premature labor after the 20-week point. Activities you’ll want to opt-out of include:

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Ice skating
  • Shoveling snow

Take the First Steps Toward Growing Your Family

Becoming a parent is one of the greatest gifts in the world. For some families, this gift is found with a little bit of help. At Western Fertility Institute, we proudly support those who need assistance adding a child to their family. If you would like to learn more about taking the first steps toward parenthood, we invite you to contact us today.

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