What to know if you delivering in winter
Created by Ambili S Kartha Updated on Nov 12, 2017
Are you having your third trimester during winter? Do you wonder if the season has an impact on your delivery? This article throws some light on some facts and information you need to know if you are delivering in winter.
What Should Be Expected When Your Third Trimester Is During Winter?
It is true that during winter, the cooler outer atmosphere may balance out your growing internal body temperature. However, there are precautionary measures you'll have to take to remain healthy and comfortable during and after delivery. Here are some of the issues and precaution you have to take when you are delivering in winter.
- Skin care: During winter due to low humidity and frosty air, the stretched skin of the pregnant woman who gets into her final weeks of gestation tends to be more itchy and flaky. To avoid this, it is recommended to take an oatmeal bath, apply deep moisturizing lotions, take bath in lukewarm water, use mild soaps, etc. Also, drink plenty of water
- Prevent Flu: Due to several reasons, flu infection peaks during the winter season. Mother approaching her due date is more vulnerable to flu. Not only have the pregnant women who get the flu posses risks for serious complications. The newborns are also more likely to get seriously ill or even die if they get the flu. The newborns can't get a flu shot until 6 months of age. However, if the mother gets the flu shot during pregnancy, she will pass antibodies to her baby that will protect the baby until they're old enough to get their own shot. The shot is safe to get at any point in pregnancy. So it is safe to take a flu shot before delivering in winter
- Preterm labor: If your due date is during winter, the chances are more for preterm delivery. Watch out for signs of labor way before the due date as the gestation time is around a week less than normal
- Post partum depression: In case the mother has a previous history of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), delivering in winter put her at a higher risk for postpartum depression
- Vitamin D deficiency: Sunlight hours are very much reduced during the winter months. This can bring about vitamin D deficiency in mothers because they mostly spend time in indoor during winter due to chill climate. This will affect the health of the mother and the child
- Decreases the chances of postpartum depression: An intriguing new study has shown that women who give birth in winter are less likely to suffer the postpartum depression. The main reason for postpartum depression is the delivery will usually keep the mother away from outdoor activities and detains the mothers to indoor with the newborn babies. But when the delivery takes place in winter, this confine comes naturally rather than compelling. Moreover, during winter friends and family are more accessible and those gatherings provide greater psychological support for the new mother. This saves the mother from postpartum depression to a greater extends
- Increases comfort level:Towards the end of pregnancy, women experience various issues that make them less comfortable. They will feel overheated as their internal thermostat increases significantly. This makes them less comfortable to move about, affect their sleep, making them more irritated and anxious. Even air-conditioning won't help if the atmosphere is hot. On the other hand, if the due date is during winter, the cool weather helps to get better sleep, and the increase in the internal thermostat actually helps to remain warm (no question of overheat) on the chill atmosphere
- Due to less exposure to sunlight during winter, the mother can undergo vitamin D deficiency. If the mother experience vitamin D deficiency, the child has a higher risk of experiencing atopic dermatitis (AD) in early childhood
- Winter can have a negative effect on newborn's lung health. Winter-born babies are found to be more prone to respiratory issues during later stages of life. This is mainly due to three reasons.
- The babies born in winter are exposed to viral infections or allergens while in the womb as their mother is exposed to the extreme climatic condition
- Low vitamin D levels in the mother that may be linked to children being more likely to have 'childhood wheeze and asthma'
- Winter children also suffer a higher rate of respiratory infections in the first few months of life which may lead to problems with later lung development
- During winter parents have a tendency to over bundle the baby thinking that cold weather harms them. Actually, too many layers of clothing next to too many layers of blankets pose a health risk for the newborn. Getting too hot, due to being over-bundled is associated with SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome)
What Are The Disadvantages Of Delivering In Winter?
Some of the disadvantages of delivering in winter are.
What Are The Benefits Of Delivering In Winter?
Here are some of the advantages of delivering in winter.
Does Delivering In Winter Affect The Newborn's Health?
Yes. Studies have shown that delivering in winter can adversely influence the health of the newborn.