Caught the Sniffles and You're Pregnant?
Caught the Sniffles
It’s January, and cold and flu season is in full swing. With the cold weather keeping everyone indoors, it’s easier for germs to attack your system, putting your unborn baby at risk. Here are some ways to stay healthy this season.
Take Preventative Actions
The number one way to prevent the spread of any illness is washing your hands and staying healthy.
● Wash your hands with soap and water often and especially:
o before eating
o after using the bathroom
o after your trip to the grocery store
o after coughing or sneezing
o after handling sick children
● Try to avoid close contact with others who are sick.
● If you are sick, limit contact with others to prevent further spread of the illness. Stay in bed, hydrate, rest, and stay comfortable by treating your symptoms with over the counter medications when appropriate.
● Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the crook of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
● Clean and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated, such as door knobs, light switches, faucets, and bathrooms.
Exercise is important for you to remain healthy during your pregnancy and during cold and flu season. Exercise helps to increase oxygenation to both you and your baby, releases endorphin's to improve mood and sleep, and helps regulate blood sugar among many other health benefits. It is just the thing to help keep you healthy during pregnancy and shorten the duration of those pesky colds!
Most supplements can be found at a local organic food store like Common Market or your local grocery store. While supplements do not cure an illness, they may help shorten the duration of sickness and/or boost your immune system to prevent getting sick. Some of these supplements may include:
● Vitamin D
● Vitamin C
If you have any questions about what to do to stay healthy this cold and flu season, contact the Frederick Birth Center, and they will help you find the right, holistic solution for you.
[info from the CDC]