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Boost your immune system

 

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To help keep winter ailments at bay, there are a few precautionary measures you can take to strengthen your immune system:

- Eat a balanced diet with lots of fruit and veg to prevent nutritional deficiencies and help you fight infections. If you do catch something, you'll bounce back much more quickly too.

- Take vitamins which are suitable for pregnant women (ask your doctor for advice).

- Stop the spread of germs. Take extra special care with hygiene: make sure you always wash your hands when you come indoors, before eating, etc.

- Don't share cutlery with your children to protect yourself as much as possible from viruses that are rife in schools.

- Avoid overheated rooms. If the air in your house is particularly dry, invest in a humidifier (you'll be able to use it for your baby too) to purify the air. For the best result, add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil (provided you're not allergic to it).

- Wrap up warm. You're more susceptible to the cold during pregnancy, so wear layers of natural fabrics such as wool. Make sure your outer layer is waterproof and wear a hat, scarf and gloves. Depending how far on you are, you might not be able to wear your regular coat, so borrow one, buy a second-hand one or use large shawls or wraps instead. Alternatively, wear your normal coat unbuttoned with plenty of layers on underneath.

- Avoid strenuous exercise. Backache is more common during pregnancy so protect yourself from back injuries by asking someone else to shovel the snow for you! Wearing flat shoes with plenty of grip will help minimize risks when there's snow and ice on the ground. Check out our video on driving in snowy conditions here.

- Try homeopathic remedies. Effective and unharmful, homepathic medicine can be used throughout pregnancy. Obstetrician and homeopath Dr. Christelle Charvet notes: "there's no risk in treating an illness with homeopathy. If, after 24/48hours there's no overall improvement, more conventional medicine is used".
For more information, visit the Society of Homepaths website (link).




  
  

Parenting Editor
12/27/2009
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