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Monsoons can be quite annoying and troublesome during your pregnancy. You need to put in an extra effort and follow certain guidelines to safeguard yourself and pull off the monsoon season without facing any discomfort, rather enjoy it as you had always been doing.
Monsoon Friendly Clothes
• Humidity is the most uncomfortable feature of the monsoon season. During the monsoons, the atmosphere is high in humidity which causes you to sweat uncontrollably.
• To lessen your discomfort, you should switch to loose, airy and light weight clothes.
• Preferably choose cotton or any other good fabric clothing that let’s your skin breathe.
• Avoid synthetic clothes, which are not only unsupportive during humid weather but also cause skin rashes and allergies as they tend to retain perspiration and heat.
• Also wearing loose and cotton clothes will increase your comfort as tight clothes might not compliment your full pregnant figure.
• Another essential item to invest in is a comfortable pair of shoes, preferably flat shoes or sandals.
• You must check if the soles are slip resistant. Avoid slippery footwear at any cost, no matter how beautiful they may look.
Hygiene During The Monsoons
• It is recommended to bathe twice daily and maintain proper sanitary conditions.
• Taking a bath with neem water is a very beneficial. Neem fights germs and bacteria and has been used over centuries for curing skin ailments. There is no competent replacement for this natural disinfectant.
• Use a wet towel or moisturized paper napkins to wipe your face frequently during the day.
• Splash rose water on your face in the morning and at the night to feel fresh.
• Avoid walking barefoot in the garden however tempting it might be. There could be monsoon insects and mud which may cause infection.
• Don’t let water stagnate inside or around your house. It breeds mosquitoes, is unhygienic and emits a foul odor.
• It is easier to catch water-borne diseases during the monsoons. So ensure the water you are consuming and using for cooking is purified and fresh.
• Wash your hands with medicated soap after an outdoor trip or use a sanitizer.
• Wear clean clothes regularly and add disinfectant while washing your clothes.
• Protect yourself from all sorts of viral infections and flu which may be harmful to both you and your baby.
Food Safety During Monsoons
• Cover all food to protect it from the flies and store food items in the fridge so as to prevent them from spoiling.
• Dehydration is one of the most persistent problems faced during monsoons which intensifies even more if you’re pregnant. You must therefore remember to drink sufficient amounts of water or other liquids.
• Keep having soups, fruit juices, vegetable juices and other proper fluids to keep you hydrated and also reduce your stress.
• Carry fresh fruits in your bag instead of giving in to the temptation of eating street side food.
• Raw vegetables contain certain enzymes which are difficult to digest during the pregnancy. Also raw chopped vegetables have a tendency to absorb moisture making them ideal for bacterial growth. Also avoid leafy salads. The same holds true for fruits chopped and left overtime.
• Be cautious with non-vegetarian food. Raw eggs and sea food should be avoided during monsoons, especially seafood like prawns and fish in the form of sushi.
• Eat a balanced diet, with a lot of protein from vegetarian sources to help with your body’s requirement for energy.
• Sour foods like tamarind, chutneys or pickles are best avoided as they lead to water retention in the body.
• Eat more of seasonal bitter vegetables and herbs like bitter gourd, fenugreek seeds, basil and turmeric to avoid infections from foods.
• Vegetables to avoid during monsoons include potatoes, beans, and sprouted grains as these may lead to indigestion.
• Avoid over cooked and fried foods as they are hard to digest. Cook your food in a healthy way like steaming, sautéing or cooking with minimum spices.
• Boost your immunity levels by eating more home cooked food rather than take-aways. Enrich your diet with whole fruits, antioxidant rich foods, foods naturally containing vitamin A, C, E, Zinc, Selenium, as well as B6, B12, and folic acid.
Sanitize Your House For The Monsoons
• Use a good quality disinfectant to mop the bathrooms and floors.
• To protect youself from flies, cockroaches, termites, mosquitoes and other bugs, pest control is mandatory. Go for herbal pest control which is safe as against the regular pest control, as the fumes adversely affect the health of your baby.
• To purify the air and keep the mosquitoes away, you may go with natural techniques such as to burning camphor or dry neem leaves.
• Keep your house well-ventilated.
• Don’t let water stagnate in your garden or around your house. Clean your coolers and water tanks more often.
These are all effective treatments to ensure a healthy mother and baby through the monsoons.