Pregnant women in general should practice a higher level of caution when it comes to germs and infections. During pregnancy your immune system adapts so that it can protect both you and your baby. Different parts of your immune system are stronger and more enhanced whereas others are more suppressed than usual.
Pregnant women also tend to be more susceptible to respiratory disease and infections.
HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF FROM CORONAVIRUS
With the recent spread of coronavirus sweeping the globe and confirmed cases on the rise here in Australia, it’s never been more important to keep your natural inner defence system in top shape.
Just like the common cold and seasonal flu, eating well, getting a good night’s sleep and practicing good hygiene can help support your body’s ability to fight off virus and infections, but how else can we boost our body’s precious defence mechanism?
First, let’s look at how the immune system works, and how to keep it in balance…
Our immune system is a complex network of cells, proteins and antibodies that work to protect us against all kinds of bacteria & viruses.
When the body senses foreign substances the immune system works to get rid of them. B lymphocytes are triggered to make antibodies, which long story short, stay in the body to protect the person from future attacks by the same germ.
Although antibodies can recognise an antigen they can’t destroy it without the help of T cells. They are the real “killers”. They destroy antigens identified by the antibodies.
Every day we inhale one hundred million viruses, according to the Medical Research Council, and the immune system’s job is to protect and defend us from them as much as possible.
The issue we are facing with Novel Coronavirus is because its so new we don’t yet have the previous exposure or antibodies built up in our system to protect us, so our overall immune system needs to be strong to work hard at killing off this virus if infected. You’ll notice most of serious illness or deaths so far from coronavirus have been from the elderly or those with existing weakened immune systems.
So, instead of just reaching for the relatively useless disposable face mask, up your virus protection game with these 6 immune system hacks.
Ensure you’re getting enough sleep. we’re talking 7-9 hours – the real restorative type of sleep needed to bolster the T cells, which fight infection in the body.
Did you know that one study also showed that just one night of 4 hours sleep can deplete the body’s natural killer T cells by as much as 70%. – Crazy right? Ask any pregnant women or new Mum how much sleep shes getting and its no wonder shes feeling sick or depleted.
Sleep can be difficult when pregnant, so try so some light stretching, additional pillows or a relaxing bath before bed or our MaterniTea pregnancy sleep blend SERENITEA. Designed to help calm the nervous system with a mild sedative effect to help you rest.
2- SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
Try adding some of these ingredients to your cooking.
Garlic, onions, ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper. These have antioxidant, detoxification and antimicrobial properties. Perfect for boosting your health and immunity but also loaded with other beneficial properties to support your pregnancy.
In addition try including foods like berries throughout the day. These are a antioxidant powerhouse of goodness.
3- HIGH ANTIOXIDANT TEA
Drink a caffeine free herbal tea that’s rich in antioxidants called Polyphenols, which are efficient infection fighters.
Avoid green or black tea as it contains caffeine. MaterniTeas ACTIVITEA immunity blend is made from organic green bosch (unoxidised rooibos) which is loaded with flavanoid antioxidants to help boost your immune system and can help fight off free radicals.
4- STAY WARM
Staying at a nice comfortable temperature can help protect your immune system. Cold and flu viruses are more infectious at temperatures lower than 37°C, which is the average core body temperature. So if possible avoid being in cold environments for too long.
5 – STRESS LESS
Did you know the brain and the immune system are in constant communication – when we are stressed, the brain produces a chemical called cortisol which is our stress hormone. Effectively it is our fight or flight mechanism. It prepares the body for emergency situations.
Stress can have a huge negative impact on many part of the body but one key response to note is that it depresses our immune system. Remember we need boost it not depress it.
Try relaxation exercises like prenatal yoga or meditation, a light walk in the fresh air and not stressing about the coronavirus :)
Our MaterniTea SERENITEA blend is not only great for helping you get a better sleep, its also loaded with carmative herbs that have traditionally been used to help reduce stress and anxiety by calming the central nervous system.
6- HYDRATION STATION
Being pregnant we already need to ensure we drinking more water throughout the day to help produce amniotic fluid, an increase of to to 50% more blood supply and to help grow another human being.
But fluids play a vital role in flushing from harmful toxins. By ensuring your adequately hydrated you can help your body to naturally eliminate bacteria that can cause illness. Aim for a minimum of 2 litres a day.
MaterniTeas pregnancy tea range is the perfect way to get in some extra fluid and a whole load of other benefits for you and your baby.
Above all else the basic protective measures should be taken to help protect yourself from Coronavirus and other diseases. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water and avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose as much as possible.