Pregnant in the Snow
Similar to when you head to the tropics, you also need to take care of yourself when you are playing in the snow. You are using up more energy than you may realize and dehydrating faster as you go from heated interiors to cold exteriors over and over. With a few simple reminders, you can have a fabulous and safe time whether you are headed to the Alps or just a weekend in Whistler.
- Drink lots of water. You may be cold and think you are absorbing more snow than necessary through your skin, but you still need to keep rehydrating.
- Keep your footing secure. As you advance into your third trimester you will become even more off balance. Be sure to have good shoes and boots with traction to avoid falling. Ditch the heels in the snow too. It’s not worth the risk.
- Put your feet up. Walking in snow is like walking through sand. You use up more energy doing it. Remember to rest and take a little nap if necessary.
- Know your restrooms. If you are drinking water, as you should, you will be headed to the restroom more than usual. Know where the restrooms are in the ski lodge and other public spaces.
- Pack a snack. If you will be doing any winter activities that involve more than sitting on a couch be sure to pack a snack in your jacket pocket. Grab granola bars, a bag of almonds, fruit snacks or anything else that is handy and can keep your blood sugar up.
- Body lotion. Since you will probably be in and out of hot and cold temperatures, your already dry skin will get even worse. Make sure you have a bottle on hand.
- Good snow boots. Grab a pair of snow boots that will keep your toes toasty warm, have good traction, are waterproof and super cute. I love my Sorel Cumberland boots. You definitely don’t want to be slipping and sliding in the snow. And since the rest of you might be feeling like an abominable snowman, depending on what trimester you are in, at least you can know your feet look adorable.
- Water. Walking in the snow takes even more energy than a regular walk. Stay hydrated so you and your baby get the liquids you need to keep moving.
- Snacks. Not just sugar filled treats. Bring granola, fruit bars and other things that can give you energy and keep you moving.
- Layers. You will get hot. You will get cold. Layering can help you combat these temperature ups and downs. Tank top, light long sleeve, zip-up hoodies and jacket can be the easy answer to your layering needs. Don’t forget the long johns under your pants. Check your existing ones before you invest in maternity long johns. Your regular ones may still fit under your belly. My REI long john bottoms still do.
Snow Activities You May Still Be Able to Do
Check with your doctor before you take on any activity, especially as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Downhill skiing and snowboarding is generally frowned upon once you begin to show. If you fall you can hurt yourself and the baby. Ice-skating is pretty much out too.
- Cross country skiing
- Build a snowman
- Sledding down extremely small hills (I did this with my 2 year old and later told my OB. She was just happy I hadn’t snuck in any snowboarding at 6 months pregnant!)
written by Keryn Means