Pregnant women can travel smart during the festive season by keeping adequate snacks, fruits, juices and water handy at all times. Proper calorie intake is the key to striking a balance during festivities, says an article published by DNA India in November 2013. October-November is the time when the whole house seems to reverberate with preparations for celebrations and it is busier for the womenfolk of the house. If you are pregnant, it is essential to go through your routine festive preparations so that you can take proper care of yourself even when you enjoy the celebrations.
Do’s and Don’ts for Pregnant Women during Festivities
Pregnancy calls for you to take care of yourself in such a way that you are able to provide proper nutrition and care to the baby. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy the festival season even with a baby bump.
- Eat little and often – Festivals like Diwali will give you enough opportunities to give in to your cravings but you must make sure to eat the right food and avoid the ones that can cause problems, such as indigestion. Small meals at a regular interval will help keep you energized without causing gastric problems. Also, try and replace sugar based sweets with a healthier option, such as dates or sweets made of jaggery. Keep yourself hydrated at all times.
- Scale down your ambitions – You may not necessarily be able to celebrate the festivals like you always had. Scale down your preparations. Do as much your body allows. Tiredness is common in pregnancy but stretching yourself too much can take a toll on you. You may want to skip the mithai making session or the baking sessions and indulge in personalization of your gifts.
- Shop online – It is likely shopping at retail outlets tires you out too much, and it is also not advisable to go to crowded places and expose yourself to unnecessary harm. The next best option is online shopping. Online retailers are gearing up to offer huge discounts during the festive season. You can also pre-order the gifts to be delivered at your near and dear ones’ homes so that even if you can’t personally go there and hand over gifts, you are still able to add a personal touch.
- Relax – You need to get regular breaks if you are going through the festive madness. Put your foot down, read a book, watch a movie, relax in the bath. Also, make sure to take lots of sleep.
And don’t forget to give yourself and your to-be-born the best gift of all – that of a secure future in terms of health!