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|Posted on December 30, 2014 at 12:06 PM|
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.
About RSV from https://www.rsvprotection.com/
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.
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?
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