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Winter Pregnancy Survival Guide

Baby, It's Cold Outside! Tips For Surviving a Winter Pregnancy

With temperatures continuing to drop, mums-to-be are getting ready for the cold months ahead of them. And considering it's cold and flu season, expectant mamas like Rebecca Judd (pictured here at the 2011 Logies) have a lot to contend with throughout their pregnancies. But, there are some easy ways to make it through the season — check out these tips!

Keep active. A long walk on a Winter afternoon will keep your heart rate up, but when the weather is colder maintain a fitness routine by either joining a gym or finding an indoor pool to take some of the pressure off of the sciatic nerve.

Stay away from botanical cold remedies. Winter colds are a drag, and while many women turn to botanicals to fight off the sniffles, researchers have not spent enough time studying the effects of echinacea on pregnancy.

Keep reading . . .Keep hydrated. Summer heat is often associated with dehydration, but a lack of humidity in Winter can draw every last bit of water out of an expectant mum's body. Drink at least the eight recommended glasses of water a day and consider adding some juices to your diet too.

See your doctor. When a cough and a stuffy nose just won't go away, don't write it off to a lingering cold. See a doctor and be sure that it isn't pneumonia. Pregnancy strains the immune system making mums-to-be more susceptible to infections.

Rest up. Pregnancy is tiring, so take advantage of the short days by curling up with a blanket and some hot chocolate.

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