Pregnant woman holding her belly outside.

Winter Wisdom for Moms-to-be

dr. aimee vanstraaten
By Aimee VanStraaten, MD, FACOG St. Luke's Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates
About the Author:
My philosophy in prenatal care is to work as a partner with my patients to help educate them in making the best choices for their pregnancy care.

Pregnancy Health Tips from an OB-GYN

Navigating pregnancy during the winter season adds a touch of coziness and charm to the journey. However, it also presents some unique challenges – especially when you live in a winter wonderland like Duluth!

Here are my favorite tips and strategies to help pregnant women thrive during the winter months.

Pregnant woman drinking tea outside and holding her belly.

1. Stay hydrated.

I get it – who craves a big glass of ice water mid-winter? Not many! But, you have to make sure you’re drinking enough water to support increased blood volume and amniotic fluid. The general recommendation is for pregnant women to drink 8 to 10 cups (64 to 80 ounces) of water per day. You could also try hitting your fluid intake by including a few cozy mugs of herbal tea or hot water and lemon.

2. Keep your immune system strong.

Maintain a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Be sure to take your prenatal vitamin every day. Also, don’t forget your flu and COVID-19 vaccines!

3. Be mindful about movement.

Staying active during pregnancy will improve your overall well-being. Bundle up and take brisk walks to enjoy the crisp winter air and boost circulation. However, be careful do you don’t slip! If you ever have a hard fall onto your abdomen, don’t hesitate to contact your provider. If you’re not feeling up to braving the cold, low-impact indoor exercises, such as yoga or strength training, are great alternatives.

Pregnant woman doing yoga with yoga class.

4. Stay connected.

It’s common for winter months to bring about feelings of isolation and sadness. Combat winter blues by staying socially connected. Attend prenatal classes, join support groups, and don’t hesitate to ask for help from friends and family when needed.

5. Prepare for the big day.

Have some fun getting prepared! Pack your hospital bag and keep an eye on the forecast as the date approaches. Make sure your transportation plan accounts for potential weather delays and have emergency contacts readily available.

Pregnancy care in Duluth, MN

Remember, each pregnancy is unique, so always consult with your healthcare provider for personalized guidance throughout this special journey. If you haven’t selected a provider yet, get to know our expert team.

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