Pregnancy comes with an array of physical and emotional changes and it is essential to make sure that you enjoy holistic well-being throughout. Often times, pregnancy is seen as a stage in life where lack of physical activity is low, although the facts are totally opposite. Mostly, exercise models take on greater success during the monsoon. Sitting on the windowsill and sipping coffee is delicious, however, knowing how to maintain good health while staying indoors is important. To make sure you make the most of the monsoon, here are some tips for staying healthy and safe.
Monsoon, as fascinating as the season is, has its share of concerns for pregnant women and new mothers. Here are some tips to help you have a safer and more comfortable pregnancy this monsoon:
1. Eat a healthy and nutritious diet
· Strict “No” for the consumption of street foods; it is best to have a healthy homemade meal that is rich in protein and vitamins.
· Eat fresh cut fruits and vegetables to avoid exposure to bacteria in pre-cut foods.
· To satisfy pregnancy cravings, try preparing the same foods at home or consult a dietitian for healthier alternatives.
· Fish and meat, if eaten, should be cleaned and cooked thoroughly to prevent bacterial infections from spreading through undercooked foods.
· Avoid consuming leftovers. Always eat freshly prepared meals to get all the nutrients in the right amounts.
2. Increase fluid intake
· Humidity during the monsoon can be a cause of dehydration. Throughout the day, you need to consume plenty of fluids. You can opt for coconut water, lemonade, fresh fruit juices, vegetable juices, soups, sorbets, etc.
· Plain water should be boiled and consumed.
· Avoid drinking packaged juices and try to have freshly squeezed juices.
3. Light and clean clothes
· Lightweight cotton clothing is suggested, so opt for a breezy and comfortable outfit.
· Choose non-slip footwear, especially when walking in wet areas to prevent falls.
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4. Maintain hygiene
· To clean all your clothes, use a good quality laundry disinfectant.
· Take a bath twice a day, if possible, with neem water to kill bacteria on your skin.
· It is advisable to regularly clean the feet, especially the nails, cuticles, soles, etc., as they are more prone to bacterial and fungal infections caused by dirty rainwater.
· It is recommended to carry personal hygiene kits for use in public toilets.
5. Sanitize your home
The collected water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, flies, etc. Clean your home every day with disinfectant and look for flowerpots, corners, toilets to prevent muddy water buildup.
6. Indoor exercises
You can opt for indoor exercise so that walks or outdoor activities can be limited during the monsoon; this will help keep colds and coughs at bay.
Yoga, step-aerobics, pregnancy Zumba, etc. are great ways to have fun indoors during monsoons. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise during pregnancy.
7. Delivery time
Couples are advised to find an facility, such as a nursing home, maternity ward, or hospital near their home, especially if the due date is during the rainy season. The unpredictable nature of the rains can be a cause of enormous stress if the chosen birthing facility is remote and the expectant mother is in labor.
For new moms and newborns
· Dry newborn clothes in a dryer or use an iron to help protect the baby from skin infections or rashes caused by wet clothes.
· The use of detergents, wipes and creams for your baby’s skin should be discussed with a pediatrician or neonatologist.
· Avoid consuming too spicy or fatty foods and street food.
· Exclusive breastfeeding of the newborn is essential to maintain adequate fluid intake.