How to Have A Safe Holi During Pregnancy
The festival of colors is almost upon us. While all of us can't wait to get soaked in the holi colors, pregnant mothers need to go the extra mile to better care for themselves and their baby during the festivities. Holi makes little children of us all, and if you are one someone who has always enjoyed Holi, why should pregnancy take it away from you? Instead, this Holi should be even more special for you and your family because you are on to a new road in life and are brimming with joy.
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All you need to celebrate Holi safely as a pregnant woman is to take care of a few things. That's it. Gone are the days when friends and family would bar you from engaging in Holi festivities.
Follow our tips below to have the best Holi and make memories you will cherish forever!
Get an assistant
Have somebody on your side to be at your beck and call. This could be a friend, a cousin, your partner—basically, anybody who is trustworthy and knows about your pregnancy. Having fun and taking care of everything might be a lot, especially if you are in your second or third trimester. Your carer could pass you snacks or find you a seat when you can't seem to stand anymore!
Apply generous coats of coconut oil
You know those stubborn Holi colors that take forever to wash off? We don't want pregnant mamas to scrub themselves raw. It's painful and downright unhealthy during pregnancy. Motherhood is known to make the skin more sensitive and prone to all kinds of problems. Applying coconut oil from head to toe would ensure your skin never comes in direct contact with any Holi colors.
Most holi colors or gulaal contain trace amounts of toxic substances that can harm your body and skin in numerous ways. Since pregnancy lowers the body's immune system, the chances of catching an odd infection increase multifold during this time.
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Go for homemade colors made from dried flowers, vegetable dyes, or even safe spices like haldi, which lend a beautiful color and are rich in antioxidants that nourish the body.
Steer clear of the water
As much as you love splashing colored water on friends, we highly recommend you stay far away from all water activities this year. Firstly, you don't want to catch a cold during the pregnancy by waiting too long in wet clothes. Secondly, playing with water is risky-you may slip and fall, causing severe harm to yourself and your baby.
Friends and relatives might force you to join if you have not already told them about the baby or if you are in the initial weeks and not showing. Try to think of an excuse to get out of the situation beforehand.
Save the bhang for next year
What's holi without bhang. Right? We know this sucks. You've let go of the occasional drink or two, and now this too! Bhang has narcotic properties, which is a strict no-no for a pregnant mom. You should consider informing your near and dear ones so that no one accidentally slips you anything like that.
Practice the art of saying NO to tasty fried food
You will be doing this a lot this Holi. At least you should be. Holi is notorious for bringing out the hungry gluttonous monster inside all of us. However, this year, you will be saying no to all the Kaju barfis, laddoos, and kachoris for a fitter and healthier pregnancy. Highly fatty foods are advised against during pregnancy for both the child and the mother's wellbeing. Hopefully, your mom hormones will kick in, and you will not be swayed one bit by all the tasty food around.
No matter how many people are invited to your holi gathering, make sure you are dressed in something comfortable that lets you breathe. You will be stuck in this outfit for at least a couple of hours. So it pays to invest a little time in choosing one that keeps you covered to avoid direct contact with harmful chemical colors.
Avoid large gatherings
During the months of your pregnancy, try to avoid large parties. This is because the chances of a large crowd becoming boisterous are exceptionally high. You want to be extra careful and not put yourself in harm's way when you are pregnant. Instead, opt for small group events or even at-home parties to celebrate Holi this year.
Even if your Holi is not as busy as every year's, we guarantee you, with these measures, you will celebrate a Holi that is no less colorful or wanting in liveliness as any of the other year's.