Diwali is right around the corner. It’s such an auspicious time to be pregnant. But, between all the festivities celebration you might forget about a few things that might not be safe for you and the baby. Here are 7 must follow tips to have a Pregnancy Safe Diwali.
#1. Minimize the Cleaning Frenzy:
Pregnancy makes you clumsy. That is not doubtful at all. You are more prone to falls and injuries due to your loosened up ligaments. It does not matter which trimester you are in. Slight back pain can start from first trimester itself. So, you should be careful while cleaning the ceilings and other overhead things like fans, AC etc. Avoid chores that involve dragging or lifting something heavy around. Also, be careful when you are washing the floor. The soapy water or even normal water can increase chances of slipping.
Do check all the cleaning agents for toxic and harmful chemicals.
Some chemicals such as glycol ethers are not at all safe for pregnant women. Do not be around anywhere where you are getting whitewashing or painting done in your home. Some chemicals’ smell such as Ammonia can make you queasy and nauseous.
#2. Take Control of your Food:
Diwali food is full of spicy, salty, sweet and fried foods. Most of them are not good for you. Pregnant Women who are suffering from Gestational Diabetes or Preeclampsia should particularly stay away from any treats. You should talk to your doctor on what would be the safest options for you. If you decide to go out and eat, then make sure that you look out for food hygiene.
All mums should moderately indulge in their cravings.
Indigestion and heartburn is another problem that pregnant moms suffer from. To avoid that to escalate, have small portion size meals on Diwali. Have something healthy and check back on your macros. Eat one sweet instead of two. Don’t miss out on your naps too. Have a small nap to get back your energy on track.
#3. Cut Down on Cracker Fun:
Some pregnant mums just can’t wait to firecrackers on Diwali. And even though this sounds like fun, you should be very careful now. Not only the noise and pollution can harm you and your baby, the possibility of burns is also high. Don’t go for ladhis and rockets which require you to run to a safe distance after lighting up. Go for phuljhadis, roshnis that can be held at a safe distance. If the smoke bothers you, don’t push yourself just go inside.
#4. Choose Some Light Wear:
You need to choose some light fabrics to wear during Diwali. This is a must follow rule for those pregnant women who are in their late second trimester or third trimester. By the end of pregnancy, your ligaments loosen due to an increase in a hormone called relaxin. And your belly also starts to get big, this can lead to a shift in the center of gravity. Choose light fabric clothing like cotton, chiffon etc. Avoid synthetic fabrics that can easily catch fire. Go for the plain blouse and work lehenga that is in trend right now. Or try saree gowns. They are designer and easy to wear.
#5. Keep Safe From Burns:
With diyas, crackers, candles and so much of lightning around. There are obviously chances of getting a little hurt. And it wouldn’t have been such a big deal if you wouldn’t have a little bun in your oven. As a matter of fact, you do and burns are not as easy to treat during pregnancy. The number one reason is your immune system is already burdened with the responsibility to take care of the baby. This is why pregnant women are more susceptible to cold and cough and other common diseases.
Burns also increases the risk of skin infections. It’s crucial that you get immediate medical attention even if the burn seems small and looks like easily treatable. Getting antibiotics and antiseptics on the right time might help prevent any future complications.
#6. Just take it Slow:
Diwali preparations are never over! It doesn’t matter if you started a month back or a week back. There would always be something that’s not done – whether it’s the last shred of those fairy lights that need to get put up or the last trip to a beautician. But, you shouldn’t push yourself over and over again. Your Diwali would anyway be very special. Ask for help if you need to. We are sure everyone around you would love to help you out.
If you are a working mother, ask for a good amount of leaves so you don’t have to burden yourself with an endless amount of responsibilities. Diwali is a week-long celebration, just start preparing bit by bit.
Do not plan to shop for everything on a single day.
The shops would be flooded with people especially in the week prior to Diwali. So, do your shopping beforehand. You can do all the other work at home later.
#7. Speak Up:
It doesn’t matter if it’s the sound of the crackers or the smell of some sweet that’s making you nauseous. Just say it out loud. There are some unusual things that make moms nauseous. It could be something they used to love before they were pregnant but now just can’t stand to be around. Sometimes the smell and smoke from all the frying that needs to be done is uncomfortable. And not to forget the loud crackers and pollution which could also make it difficult for you to be in the open. You don’t have to be conscious about anything that bothers you. Say you are not comfortable and get out of there.
And to all those who are celebrating, a very Happy Diwali!