How Pregnant Women Can Stay Safe This Diwali?
Diwali is here! Lots of joy and happiness in the air! So, you are done with all the shopping, right? Though times are changing and people are becoming health conscious and eco-friendly these days, loud noises, fire-crackers and rich food are an indispensable part of Diwali. If you are an expecting mom, you have to be cautious about your health in this season. There is nothing to worry about, here are some tips that will help you enjoy your Diwali to the core and stay safe too.
1) Steer clear of pollutants
You renovate your house and want to make it look sparkling clean during Diwali. You clean up the house to get rid of dust and soot. Some people even get their houses painted. All this makes your home a shelter for pollutants, dust mites and allergens. It can trigger an allergy and breathing trouble. So, if you are getting your house cleaned or walls painted cover your face and nose. Contracting a respiratory infection in the first trimester can be dangerous as it can adversely affect the unborn baby.
2) Take it easy while doing household chores
Pregnancy is the time when your body witnesses a lot of changes. You get a baby bump, there is a shift in your centre of gravity and your ligaments loosen up to get ready for your delivery. So, this is just not the right time to do household chores that involve a lot of bending, twisting, weight lifting or doing heavy work. Doing so might hurt your back, make you fall or slip or harm the baby. So, even if it is Diwali take baby steps at doing all your daily tasks, if possible get some help from Mr. Husband 😛 for doing the chores!
3) Stay away from crackers
Crackers are one thing that you should be worried about. Cracker fumes can trigger an allergy or a respiratory problem. The fumes have harmful gases that can be fatal for the baby. Instead, light eco-friendly diyas and electric lights at home to reduce the levels of air pollution.
4) Stay away from loud noises
People bursting crackers at every nook and corner and they lead not just to shocks and headaches. While your foetus is protected in the womb, and the sound waves have to pierce through many layers of skin and fat to reach the baby, it is your health which is at stake. Sounds louder than 85 decibels can affect hearing and the ones beyond 110 decibels can affect the unborn baby. Better stay indoors and plug in cotton balls into your ears.
5) Eat healthy
Diwali is the time when people go overboard with namkeens and sweets. Keep a check on your intake and don’t get too carried away. Adding more calories to your diet with less nutrition is not good for you or for your child. So, drink water and keep yourself well hydrated. Sip homemade fresh juices as well. Gift your friends nuts and fruits this season and ask them to gift you the same 😉 Keep a check on your sweet intake or you might end up developing gestational diabetes.
Enjoy this Diwali the healthy way and welcome the new bundle of joy in this world. Lots of good wishes to all the expecting moms from team IWB!
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