Diwali is a festival when people redecorate or remodel their homes and rejoice with their family and friends. Pregnancy does not mean that you have to change the way you celebrate festivals. Being pregnant during Diwali can also raise multitude of questions you might have never thought of before. Regular chores like cleaning your home may seem more tiresome now and in fact aren’t safe for expecting mothers.
Here are few tips that will help you celebrate Diwali safely:
Tip 1 – No balancing acts (please) – As your baby bump grows, your centre of gravity tends to shift and your ligaments loosen to prepare you for delivery. This can make you more clumsy and prone to injuries. Avoid cleaning the upper shelves of your cupboard and things like ceiling fan. Ask for someone’s help instead.
Tip 2 – No weight lifting – Chores that involve lifting or moving heavy things can put pressure on your back and other body parts. Ask your hubby for help, after all it’s his baby too. It is a tradition to bend and touch your elder’s feet in India. Try to bend your legs to go down rather than your back. If the news of your pregnancy has already reached your relatives, they will definitely understand and will be happy with the gesture too.
Tip 3 – Cleaning agents – Most of the cleaning products that are used for cleaning your home and furniture, are made up of the chemicals and fumes that can make you nauseous. If you are planning to get your home or furniture repainted, avoid staying at home when the work is done. Direct exposure to such chemicals and fumes can be harmful for your baby’s health.
Tip 4 – Do not overdue it – Pregnancy can make the preparations for Diwali seem hectic. Whether it is about cleaning your home or distributing gifts or shopping, you might need to scale down your activities to suit your energy levels and always remember there is no harm in saying ‘NO’. Also, with lots going around at your home front, do not miss any antenatal appointment even if there are other priorities of take care of.
Tip 5 – Stay energised – Do not forget to take care of your baby’s daily nutritional needs with all the running around. Eat well and stay hydrated by taking small but healthy snacks every two hours. Most of the festive food is either sweet or deep fried. Avoid the intake of large quantities in one go. This will help you control indigestion and acidity. Also, a mid-day nap can be really helpful in getting your energy level back. If you are a working mom, talk to your employer about a suitable change in your working hours or if possible work from home.
Celebrate Diwali with ease
Wear clothes that are comfortable and supportive. Cotton fabric is highly recommended as synthetic clothes easily catch fire. Also, ditch your heels this season and go for flats instead. Light up the night with diyas and decorative lanterns instead of the fireworks and crackers. Direct exposure to air and noise pollution can be harmful for you and your baby too as a woman’s oxygen carrying capacity reduces during pregnancy. It can lead to low birth weight, intra-uterine growth retardation (IUGR), increase the risk of premature delivery and can also affect your baby’s heart. So, it is always viable to stay in a well-ventilated area away from pollution by keeping your doors and windows closed. Consider wearing a mask if you have to be outdoors for long hours. Immediately seek medical help if you feel breathless, headache or nausea. Speak to your obstetrician if you are suffering from any pre-existing health conditions that might get aggravated at this time of the year. Always keep a first-aid kit and a few emergency contact numbers handy and enjoy the festivity 🙂
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