Boost Your Chances
Of Staying Well

Are you worried about picking up germs, or trying to get rid of some you already have? There are ways to kick your immune system into gear.

Pregnant woman eating healthy food

If you haven’t been sick yet this winter, chances are you are going to before it’s all said and done. For pregnant and breastfeeding women, this can be tough, as your medication choices may be limited. Moms of new babies also want to keep those germs at bay so their little ones don't get sick. If you don’t want to stay indoors and cut off contact completely with the outside world, here are a few ideas to help keep you healthy.

Wash your hands

I know — it’s so obvious. But seriously, washing your hands is an excellent first line of defense against the viruses and bacteria that can make you sick. Anti-bacterial soap is not necessary (and its use is controversial in and of itself). It’s a good idea to wash up after coming home from wherever you are, and always wash up before eating and after using the restroom.

Avoid sugar

Eating (or drinking) too much sugar can have a detrimental effect on your immune system. I know that cravings sometimes dictate what pregnant women consume — in fact, during my last pregnancy, I had to fight, on the regular, a craving for soda and Pop Tarts. But try to swap foods with processed sugar for those with naturally-occurring sugars, like fruits.

StrawberriesGet some sun

The winter sun is just as effective as the summer sun at boosting your vitamin D levels, which can have a really positive effect on your immune system. Just five minutes a day of sunlight can do wonders, and it can also be a huge mood-booster too.

Get vitamin C

Ask your doctor about supplements, but in the meantime, shoot for fruits and veggies that have vitamin C in them. Oranges and grapefruit are good choices, but others have plenty on board as well — kiwi, strawberries, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts are excellent sources of vitamin C. Yum!

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