Precautions that Pregnant woman should take during Diwali
By Dr Madhuri Laha Burande, Consultant, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Motherhood Hospital, Kharadi
Diwali, also known as the ‘festival of lights’ is celebrated with much fervour and excitement, across the country. It is no brainer that air and noise pollution is at its peak, during Diwali, and can give a tough time to children, adults and even pregnant women. Yes, you have heard it right! Thus, soon-to-be mothers should be cautious while celebrating Diwali.
Think of Diwali and what comes on the mind is the colourful lights, Rangoli, and firecrackers. Though, it is a time to rejoice and enjoy with family, the sound and air pollution, the smoke from the firecrackers, and the intake of sugar-laden sweets can be worrisome for an expecting mum as it can invite respiratory problems or worsen the condition of one’s having them.
Here’s a full proof plan for pregnant women to keep themselves fit and fine, this Diwali!
Watch what you eat: Yes, shopping, and preparing sweets during Diwali is expected. But, a soon-to-be-mommy should be careful when it comes to her diet. It is not advisable to miss the meals, or eat oily, junk and spicy food which can cause acidity and indigestion. Also, make sure that you keep fruits, nuts and a bottle of water, handy if you are venturing out. You should stay hydrated, and try to eat something healthy after regular intervals.
Avoided loud noise and crowded areas: Loud noise can be disturbing for pregnant women. Hence, they should avoid going to places where there is a lot of sound pollution. Also, see to it that you don’t visit crowded areas wherein there are chances of you suffering from infections.
Say ‘NO’ to the firecracker smoke: If you see people bursting firecrackers, then immediately cover your face or leave that place as the excessive smoke and pollution can be dangerous for you. Did you know? In the early stages of pregnancy, your unborn may be at a greater risk of suffering from respiratory issues. This is so because the carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide content that is present in the fumes of the firecrackers can be bothersome for pregnant women. Moreover, those with asthma should keep their inhaler handy, and stay away from the triggers like allergens in any form avoid house painting or furniture polishing. Pregnant women should try and celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali by staying away from burning firecrackers and taking charge of their health.
Opt for cotton clothes: If you are planning to venture out then it is suggested that you must wear cotton clothes instead of synthetic or any other fabric which can easily catch fire. Also, bid adieu to those heavy dresses which can be uncomfortable and inconvenient.
Keep burning accidents at bay: Diwali is a time when a lot of burning incidents occur. Pregnant women have higher chances of encountering burning accidents are their reflexes are slow. So, just avoid firecrackers to safeguard yourself from the burning incidents. Likewise, be careful while lighting Diyas at home. It can also cause burn injuries. See to it that you have a first-aid box at home. Remember not to self-medicate or opt for over-the-counter products.