Nine things every Pregnancy Lady must take care this Navratri
Question: Hi, I am Priti Shah, I am 28 weeks pregnant & would like to know if I can go out for Dandiya this Navratri? Is it safe for me & my baby? What are the precautions I need to take care to enjoy this Navratri time?A musical & rocking Navratri night is not something you want to resist before you are fully loaded with sleepless nights, handling household chores, nursing baby and keeping busy all day. But what about the booming noise and vocal at a high pitch for the baby in the womb?
First & Foremost LOUD NOISE:
At about 24 to 25 weeks, your baby’s outer, middle & inner ear are well developed. By 27 to 30 weeks, you baby’s ear is mature enough to start respond to the sounds. Of course baby is inside the womb and covered very well with amniotic fluid. So one relief here is sounds that are quite loud to you won’t be for the baby as baby’s ear can’t do their normal job of amplifying sounds.
You have to be careful though a fetus’ prolonged and repeated exposure to very loud noise (more than 90 or 100 decibels) increases the chance of a baby suffering from some hearing loss. A longer exposure can also increase the risk of low birth weight baby including pre mature birth.
If you want to play it safe while you are pregnant, avoid standing near to the loud speakers, be away as much as possible & avoid for long hours.By the way same rule applies when you are driving your car with loud music that car is all shaking, better to turn down the volume a bit so your baby is safe.
I have seen lot of my friends fasting during navratri time as part of their religion beliefs. Its good idea to eat healthy & fresh even when you are fasting during this period. Fresh fruits, salads, milk and milk produce should be used in abundance for maintaing the weight gain normal. My best advice would be you can have potatoes, sweet potatoes, Yam type vegetables and also banana, apples & other fruits. Keep yourself hydrated with loads of water, fresh juices and soups if allowed & those Super Milk Shakes to add on. Dry fruits will be your best bet for snacking.
Also don’t forget to eat & drink every two to three hours to keep up your energy levels normal.
3. Chatpata FOOD on the stalls
I am a big foodie and love to eat those yummy food items available for sell during Navratri food stalls. So mouth watering!! But BE CAREFUL, you are pregnant. Your baby is directly dependent on what you eat; healthy or junk, the choices you make.
It is best to take your food from home. If that’s something not manageable, avoid eating open and cold products like sev puri, Pani puri, chaat etc. Any thing served Hot & freshly made would be your best bet. Try avoiding any food that is high on salt, sugar or with preservatives.
4. Pollution in the Air
Navratri grounds with sand is not a good choice especially when you are Pregnant. In general, the overall body’s immunity is low during pregnancy period so you may want to be careful with all the pollution which may cause negative effects on you and baby. Try to be at the places when its garden or dandiya is played on grass.
5. Is it a very Crowded place?
We all know that There are so many diseases that are spreading from air & water. When you go to any public place with lot of crowd and big gatherings, you have to make sure about hygiene levels. Due to your low immunity period, it is common to catch cold & cough and other infections being at very crowded places. Of course during this fun & pampered period of nine months, antibiotics are the last thing you want to put in your mouth!
6. Caution with movement
During pregnancy, gravity of the body shifts and you may feel balancing trouble especially during your last trimester. Now dandiya and Garba are the energetic fun steps and dance with lots of movements. So what to do? Well, its best to be a spectator this year or be on the dandiya ramp for short periods.
Pregnant Ladies who are practising breathing, exercise and fitness regularly even when pregnant may have better balancing and confidence to move. But if you have not done so during whole pregnancy, it is best not to overdo the movements outside of your comfort zone.
7. Using Beauty Products
Yes there are so many myths prevail around using cosmetics and beauty products during Pregnancy. Now its not possible to leave home without make up when going out for dandiya. There are certain ingredients in some beauty products that are best to be avoided during pregnancy. Avoid using hair sprays as you inhale certain harmful chemicals, needle tatoo or highlighting hair which touches scalp or any hair treatment during first trimester. It is also advisable to use lead free lipsticks. Some anti wrinkle creams contains retinol which is harmful for baby. Some eye makeup products & lotions also contains chemicals not good for baby like paraben.Any material placed directly on the skin has the potential to be absorbed into the bloodstream… Click To Tweet
In a nut shell, use a common sense and check the label of ingredients before using any products on a daily basis. And remember one thing, Any material placed directly on the skin has the potential to be absorbed into the bloodstream and connect through the placenta, so caution is surely required. You can use the Paraben Free Makeup product available in the market, they must clearly mention it like this product here. SHANY Brow Duo Makeup Kit, Paraben Free, Brunette, 1 Ounce
8. Using the right Foot ware
As we mentioned about balancing problem it is best to avoid high heels during pregnancy. While you are moving a lot, flat shoes or sandals or even bare feet is the best choice to avoid any fall. Here are the kind of footware that is considered pregnancy safe and you can wear it through out pregnancy and they look nice with traditional wear too.
9. Keep your self Hydrated & Relaxed!
Yes, last but not the least your body and mind has to be relaxed enough to have a healthy & happy pregnancy period. During pregnancy your blood volume increases together with fluid retention capacity so you need to drink more liquids. So do quench your thirst more often.
So go out and enjoy this Navratri with your baby in the womb. This time with this baby will never come back!! Be cautious & well informed before you go out and have a fun blast this Navratri.
This is by far common question being asked to us on in our PregnancyDost Way Prenatal Classes and on our Facebook page. You must check out these points before heading out for the full night fun this Navratri.