As Mumbai endured flooding due to heavy rains, here are a few things every pregnant woman need to keep in their mind to stay safe and healthy.
Mumbai: Monsoon could bring the much-needed relief from the sweltering heat of summer, but it also comes with a host of allergies, infections, and diseases. The rainy weather and water lying around also make it easier for mosquitoes to breed, increasing your risk of getting vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunya. The rainy season can be quite an uncomfortable one for the expectant mothers. Truth is, the gloomy and humid weather condition can frequent mood swings as well as increase the risk of infections. Currently, Mumbai is experiencing heavy downpours, causing floods and water-logging at several locations.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), downpours are expected to reach the National Capital, Delhi, later this week. As Mumbai endured flooding due to heavy rains, here are a few things every pregnant woman need to keep in their mind. With extra care and precaution, you can tackle the monsoon-related illnesses and enjoy the season to the fullest during pregnancy. Read – Pregnancy tips: Four eating rules for a healthy baby
Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water (purified or boiled water) throughout to avoid dehydration, which is a common problem of pregnancy in monsoons. It will also provide relief from nausea, fatigue, headache, and dizziness.
Eat healthy: Avoid eating foods from roadside that could be harmful to you and the unborn baby. These include food items like fruits, fried fruits, juices, drinks, etc. Eat a balanced diet, including plenty of proteins and fiber, which give you a good amount of nutrition. Stick to freshly cooked food and soups that will boost your immunity. Avoid raw salads and green vegetables like spinach and cabbage, which can cause stomach infections.
Say no to seafood: Avoid consuming seafood during monsoon, which is the breeding season for fish and prawn.
Maintain good hygiene: Goof personal hygiene can help prevent a host of infections during monsoon. Make sure that you wash your hands and legs properly using clean water and soap every time you visit the toilet and before eating.
Wear right: Wear loose and light weighted clothes to get relief from excessive sweating and humidity. This will also give full comfort to your baby bump. Avoid wearing synthetic clothes as this may cause rashes. Also, opt for a good footwear to prevent fall and give you support.