“Eat lots of fresh garlic, green leafy vegetables, fresh citrus, and lots of water,” says Thomas.
As an pregnant mom-to-be, there are things you can do to strengthen your immune system to prevent getting sick from colds and the flu.
By doing so, you’re building your unborn baby’s immune system, too.
A strong immune system will help you both fight off body invaders.
Experts give us their top tips to help safely strengthen your immune system during pregnancy.
Mary Fetzer Pregnancy has a definite impact on the body’s immune system. As a result, white blood cells (aka immune cells) lose some of their capability to fight off your body’s enemies, making you more susceptible to illnesses and infections while pregnant.
“During pregnancy, the immune system is suppressed so the father’s sperm, embryo or fetus isn’t rejected as something foreign,” says Brad Douglas, M. With the threat of H1N1 swine flu so present among us, we need those white blood cells be able to carry out their important work.
There are ways to boost your immune system to keep both you and your baby healthy. “Take vitamins, eat nutritious food and exercise” advises Douglas.
“A diet rich in whole foods will support your immunity,” says Latham Thomas, a certified holistic health counselor who specializes in maternal and child wellness.
“Every woman who plans on getting pregnant or who is pregnant should take prenatal vitamins,” advises Douglas, “or the equivalent, such as Flintstone ‘Complete’ vitamins, twice a day.” Latham and Douglas recommend the following supplements in addition to prenatal vitamins: “Women who exercise tend to have more appropriate weight gain, less symptomatic pain, decreased gestational diabetes, improved blood pressure control, improvement in immune system response, and even better deliveries,” stresses Douglas.
Stephanie Larson couldn’t agree more and founded Dancing for Birth™ Prenatal Dance Classes in an effort to show the world that pregnant women are strong – not delicate.
“A regular exercise program benefits the cardiovascular system, improves blood flow, flushes toxins, keeps endocrine system working well, circulates antibodies, and reduces stress,” says Larson.