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Keeping Sweet Pea and Mama Healthy


Since we are in the middle of cold and flu season, it is time for my yearly PSA about the RSV.  This illness loves the cold, dry season, and it thrives during winter months.

  • RSV or respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus is a contagious viral disease that may infect a person's lungs and breathing passages
  • Most people recover from the disease in a week or two, but in premature infants or those with lung or heart problems, severe RSV disease can lead to serious lung infection and hospitalization
 
If you have a newborn, still building his or her immune system, please know that IT IS OKAY for you to say no to someone who is not well, and who still asks to hold your baby.  You can look for traditional signs like a cough, runny nose, or a fever.  You can also observe – itchy or runny eyes, sniffling – it’s all suspect.  Even if someone insists that their symptoms are “only allergies”, any cough has a lot of force behind it, and who knows what else they might be aiming towards your Sweet Pea!!
 
If you are pregnant through these months, we know that your body in pregnancy is already operating with lowered immunities.  You are using energy and “operating system” towards building your baby and maintaining your pregnancy, so your immune system is not top priority.  Take extra care to eat well, sleep as much as you can between getting up to use the restroom (maybe even add in a nap time during the day!), and unload some of the stressors in your life by delaying, delegating or dropping them for now.
 
It is very important for you to realize that there are things you can do for illness prevention any time of year.  You can tackle these as new habits one at a time, or you can make a conscious effort to treat your body with respect and take on the whole list at once if there are not already your habits.
  1. Wash your hands well.  Hand washing is the best preventative for disease if you are at a healthy baseline.  Anytime you are in public, in a crowd, or go to where people congregate, take a minute to wash your hands with warm, soapy water before you move on to the next thing on your list.  Don’t give the germs any chance to find a way in!
  2. Eat well. A healthy whole food diet allows your body the maximum nutrition to give your immune system the tools it needs to fight disease.
  3. Sleep well.  The body does most of it’s repair work when all other systems are operating on lower gear.  Give it the maximum opportunity be getting good rest.  Six hours is okay; ideally you are getting eight hours of sleep.
  4. Exercise.  Your body needs a little activity to get your circulation going every day.  Get those good endorphins and the immunities your body is making into action from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.
  5. Relax.  Take time every day to slow down.  The “bad guys” do not like oxygen, so kick them out with deliberate attention to your breath. Even five deep belly breaths are enough to make a difference in your overall health if you do them every day.
 
For more reading, you can check out THIS link for our experience with RSV (it will motivate you to keep your baby well and say no to sickies!), and you can read HERE to see what Dr. Sears had to say about taking the flu shot in pregnancy or as a new mother when we saw him at MommyCon LA.
 
Do you have any healthy winter tips to share?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 
 
Disclaimer:
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.
Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this
blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

 
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