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Surviving the Winter Pregnancy Blues

Being pregnant is hard. Being pregnant in freezing temperatures and icy weather can be miserable. Here are some tips for staying as comfy as possible:

It is easy to lose your balance while pregnant, as many expectant mothers experience periods of clumsiness due to the change in their bodies. When trucking through snow, ice and other bad weather conditions to keep you and baby safe, it is critical for moms-to-be to wear the appropriate shoes. Boots for snow, rain boots for the rain, and warm shoes/boots for the days where the temps are in the teens are not an option, they are a must-have.  You don't want your toes feeling like icicles, and you don't want to take any unnecessary trips that end with you becoming familiar with the ground.  You also want to stay healthy.  

Ask your doctor about flu shots and what you can do to keep your immune system strong. The same cold that can be a minor inconvenience normally can become a major concern for your little one.  
 

The new addition to the family will be here before you know it. So if winter is making it harder for you to get things done, don't be afraid to ask for help.  No need to be superwoman and lift heavy items or move furniture and prep the babies room, nor should you be the one braving the crowds at the grocery store or the mall when it's 25 degrees outside. Been there, done that and let me tell you----it can cause cramping, bloating and back pain that can be prevented. Better to ask than to end up laid out in a hospital bed due to pre-term labor because your pride didn't allow you to ask.
 

Lastly, find comfort in the little things.  Have a cup of hot tea or some hot cocoa and with marshmallows as a treat.   Curl up with a good book, or watch that movie you didn't get a chance to see when it was in theaters.   It's sure enough to bring excitement to your weekend nights.  Why? Trust me, when that little bundle of joy arrives, you won't have time often to do either.  So, do it now and enjoy!