Helping mums-to-be stay healthy
It can be tricky to fight winter bugs when you're pregnant, as many medicines are off limits. Here are hints to help protect both you and baby during the cold season
While you're pregnant
Fight the flu
Getting the flu while pregnant carries a higher risk of complications and can be dangerous for an unborn baby. The NHS recommends all mums-to-be get the flu jab, however far along you are. The vaccine doesn't contain a live virus so it's suitable for pregnant mums. Arrange your vaccination as soon as possible as it can take 10-14 days for the vaccine to become fully effective.
Help prevent winter coughs and colds
Being pregnant can affect your immune system so you may be more susceptible to coughs and colds. You can help support your health with a few simple tips, such as wrapping up warmly, using a hand sanitiser to help stop germs spreading and taking gentle exercise to help keep you fit. The Department of Health recommends you take 400 micrograms of folic acid a day whilst you are trying to conceive and until you are 12 weeks pregnant and 10 micrograms of vitamin D daily throughout your pregnancy, alongside a healthy and balanced diet.
Help protect your skin
Pregnancy can make your skin more sensitive than normal so you may need to choose products suited to sensitive skin, including hand creams, foot lotions and lip balms. Consider using a nourishing SPF 15+ moisturiser for your face and apply a rich night cream before bed to help hydration. Exfoliate weekly using a mild formulation to help beat any flakiness. An intensive all-over body moisturiser will help restore elasticity to your skin and help keep it protected during the cold months.