First-time mom Sasha Emmons was pregnant with her daughter, Chloe, during the brutal winter months in New York City. She was in the latter part of her pregnancy when snow and ice storms hit the city. "We had a lot of snow that winter," she said, "and I did find it a little scary trudging ... with my big belly."
Dr. Sara DuMond, a mom and pediatrician in South Carolina, agrees that it is more dangerous to be pregnant in an area with wintery conditions, because of possible injury, but also because of "the sneezers and snifflers."
Extra cautious, Emmons took her time traveling to ensure no harm to herself or her little one as she braved the streets. She learned her lesson after being stuck outside wearing heels in the snow, waiting for a train that never came. After that day, she went out and purchased rubber snow boots, which she says, "Were the most sensible boots I have ever owned." In addition, she made sure to always wear shoes with good traction.
A few perks of winter pregnancy that she noted, however, were that her internal thermostat made her rarely cold -- "They don't call [your pregnant belly] an oven for nothing." Additionally, she experienced very little swelling of her ankles and fingers, due to the cold weather outside.
In winter months, take extra care in protecting your body and your skin. As your belly grows, you have more surface area to heat, which may leave you more susceptible to the cold. Your skin is also more likely to take a beating. Follow these tips to protect yourself from icy winds:
Don't let the winter weather get you down. Instead, think of all you have to look forward to during the warm-weather months. "The biggest benefit of a winter pregnancy is that you and baby can take long walks in the spring [and summer]," says Emmons. After a long and hard winter, Sasha gave birth to Chloe in April 2005. Mother and daughter like to frequent parks in their Brooklyn neighborhood when the weather is warm and the sun shining.
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