Winter Safety When You're Pregnant
By Lupe Cruz
Dec 22, 2017
Updated Oct 25, 2023
5 min read
We already know women need more water than the average person when they’re pregnant. It can be easier to remember to drink plenty of fluids in the summer when higher temperatures trigger thirst, reminding you to drink water. In the winter, however, you need to make more of an effort to get enough fluid into your body.
Winter in Utah brings with it snow and ice. Pregnancy changes your center of gravity, balance, and weight distribution. Together, the fall risk to pregnant women increases. In general, the baby is well protected in the uterus, should you fall. If you are far enough along that you already feel baby kicking, continuing to feel kicks after a fall should be enough reassurance. We also instinctively use our arms to break our fall.
If you suffer a fall, visit your healthcare provider right away if you:
When you’re pregnant, your immune system is already suppressed and you’re more susceptible to the flu and cold viruses. It can also take longer to recover from a cold if you get sick.
Tips to Stay Healthy
The air quality in Salt Lake City, Utah can be very dangerous during an inversion. Breathing the air can have the same effects we worry about with someone who smokes cigarettes. When the air is listed as having a particulate matter of <2.5 microns, it means the particulates in the air are small enough to be absorbed in the lungs and enter the blood stream.
Some studies have shown that breathing this air can have dangerous side effects to your unborn baby. These side effects include preterm birth, mental and physical developmental problems, autism and even fetal death.
Questions: If you have any questions or concerns, it’s best to contact your provider, or be seen in clinic or at the hospital if it’s after normal business hours.