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Your Winter Pregnancy Survival Guide in 7 Easy Steps

Winter Pregnancy Survival Guide

I was so happy when I realized I wasn’t going to have to deal with a summer pregnancy. All the stories I’ve heard from friends and other pregnant women who had to experience the heat and humidity have always been terrible. While nothing seems to compare to the woes of a summer pregnancy, winter pregnancies bring about concerns of their own.

Dangerous road conditions, dryer-than-usual skin, and decreased levels of vitamin D are just some of the issues pregnant women face during the winter months — not to mention our naturally decreased immune systems and the huge increase in everyday germ exposure. But rest assured: Your winter pregnancy doesn’t have to be a tough one.

Check out Your Winter Pregnancy Survival Guide in 7 Easy Steps!

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  • Don’t Shovel Snow 1 of 7
    Don't Shovel Snow
    While you might think that shoveling snow is a good way to keep active during the winter, it's actually a very dangerous activity for pregnant women -- and should be altogether avoided. The repetitive motion of shoveling pulls the uterus each time, so stay away from shoveling!
    Source: iVillage
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  • Get a Good Pair of Boots 2 of 7
    Get a Good Pair of Boots
    The boots pictured here are mine, and I just love them. A good pair of winter boots not only keep your feet warm and dry, but they can help you avoid falling on slippery sidewalks and stairs. And you don't necessarily have to spend a fortune. I got my Khombu boots at Marshall's for less than half of what they normally sell for.
    Source: iVillage
  • Lotion, Lotion, Lotion 3 of 7
    Lotion, Lotion, Lotion
    The cold weather and windy winter conditions can leave your skin dry and itchy. Stock up on a good lotion to keep your skin from feeling irritated.
    Source: iVillage
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  • Stay Home When It Snows 4 of 7
    Stay Home When It Snows
    Road conditions can quickly change with even the slightest bit of winter precipitation, and winter weather is often unpredictable. Why risk it? It's best to stay home and avoid any potential danger.
    Source: iVillage
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  • Wash Your Hands Frequently 5 of 7
    Wash Your Hands Frequently
    A pregnant woman's immune system isn't as strong as when she's not pregnant, which makes expectant moms more susceptible and vulnerable to illness. Keeping your hands clean, as well as your work area, is a good way to ward off germs.
    Source: iVillage
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  • Drink More Water 6 of 7
    Drink More Water
    Staying hydrated is great for your health and for your comfort. Drinking extra water during the winter helps combat dry skin, ensures there's ample amniotic fluid, helps blood production, wards off headaches, and reduces the risk of preterm labor. So, drink up!
    Source: iVillage
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  • Consider a Vitamin D Supplement 7 of 7
    Consider a Vitamin D Supplement
    Vitamin D is a vital nutrient for a healthy pregnancy, and nothing impedes your levels quite like winter -- with its shorter days, and you bundled up from head to toe. Talk to your doctor about whether you should take a vitamin D supplement to maintain healthy levels for pregnancy.
    Source: iVillage
    Photo: iStockphoto

Be sure to check out all the ways you can stay safe and healthy this winter over at iVillage!

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