How can pregnant women ensure their safety during Diwali celebrations?

Popularly known as the “festival of lights,” Diwali is a happy time for everyone, especially for pregnant women who cannot wait to meet their new baby. For them, the real celebration is the happiness of welcoming their bundle of joy. With Diwali right around the corner, pregnant women should be extra careful to avoid any harm to themselves or their babies. Here are some simple tips for moms-to-be to make their Diwali safer and more fun.

Stay away from smoke and other pollutants

Usually, smoke from fireworks has many harmful pollutants, like carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. During the first three months of pregnancy, these can cause harm to the baby. It can also lead to difficulty breathing in the mother. Therefore, pregnant women should avoid going outside during cracker bursting because smoke and pollution are bad for both the baby and the mother.

More importantly, they should seek medical assistance in case of-

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Persistent headache
  • Nausea due to smoke from fireworks

Move out of noisy places

Festivals are fun. However, did you know that one of the most important things to worry about when bursting into fireworks is that you might lose your hearing? 

Loud sounds can have either short-term or long-term effects. If the sound is very loud, it can damage your eardrum and even cause permanent damage to your hearing. Moreover, the loudness of these fireworks can also cause ringing in the ears, which can lead to imbalance and fall or injury to the pregnant woman.

Since pregnant women’s eardrums are more sensitive to loud noises, they should also stay away from loudspeakers at Diwali Melas and avoid areas where people set off loud crackers.

Be careful while lighting diyas and fireworks.

Women who are expecting should be careful while handling candles and diyas. It’s easy for pregnant women to burn themselves since their expanding tummies can be restricting.

Firecrackers emit a lot of residual particulate matter (RPM) and suspended particulate matter (SPM), which lead to a sudden rise in health problems, especially lung and skin disorders. Please be aware that these crackers also contain chemicals that are harmful to anyone who touches them, especially moms-to-be, whose skin is more prone to irritation than usual during pregnancy.

Take precautions to avoid burn injuries.

No matter how careful you are with firecrackers, accidents can still happen. During Diwali, many people get burnt by the fire, especially on the face, arms, and legs.

Pregnant women should take extra care to protect themselves and their babies from any fire or fire-related injury. Any injury during pregnancy is hard to deal with, but burns are especially hard to treat and may even harm the baby and cause complications, especially during delivery. Because of this, you should stay away from firecrackers.

Watch your diet.

Pregnant women also need to watch what they eat. Due to the high risk of gestational diabetes, they should avoid eating too much sugar in form of Diwali sweets and mithai as well as avoid any outside food.

Even if they are too busy to sit down and eat a full meal while preparing for Diwali events, expectant mothers should eat a well-balanced diet so they don’t get dizzy, feel tired, or pass out. Also, they should drink water to keep themselves hydrated.

The best choice is cotton.

During the Laxmi Puja festival, pregnant women should avoid wearing bulky clothes. Heavy dresses and heels make it hard to move around and the mother can trip and fall.

In addition, they should avoid wearing tight synthetic dresses because synthetic fabrics quickly catch fire. The best option is to pick beautiful cotton dresses that match the festive look.

Avoid whitewashing.

If pregnant women breathe in paint fumes, they may get a runny nose, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, and watery eyes. Secondly, direct contact with the paint can also cause irritation, rashes, itching, and even blisters. Further, whitewashing can also trigger asthma attacks, so pregnant women should avoid getting their houses whitewashed or painted.

Always keep an emergency kit on hand.

Maintaining a well-packed emergency kit helps pregnant women and their families to be ready for anything that might happen during Diwali. Also, having a list of emergency numbers on hand ensures that medical help is available right away.

Celebrate a green Diwali.

For the sake of their health and the health of their unborn child, pregnant women should celebrate Diwali in a way that is better for the environment also. For example, they can use earthen diyas or make rangoli or kolam with only natural materials. Let this Diwali be safer, happier, and more eco-friendly for every pregnant woman.

If you experience any difficulty related to pregnancy, don’t delay consulting your doctor. Receiving the proper medical treatment and care is the only way to steer clear of any related medical complications.

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