Top 10 Reasons Why Being Pregnant in the Fall is the Best
October 21, 2020Pregnancy is an incredibly special time, no matter the season, but being an expecting mom in the Fall is the best! Here are the top 10 reasons why:
No. 10 – Cooler Temperatures
Most pregnant women feel uncomfortable in the summer heat due to changes in their bodies. When you’re pregnant, your blood vessels dilate slightly to accommodate extra blood production. This allows more blood to travel closer to the surface of your skin, making you feel hot.1 The cooler temperatures that are typical in autumn may help mommies-to-be feel more comfortable.
No. 9 – Sweater Weather
Fall maternity clothing is all about comfort. Oversized soft sweaters, flowing tunics, soft and stretchy leggings…yes, please! Expecting moms can find some great fall fashion inspiration on themamanotes.com (the jersey maxi dress is adorable!), glamour.com’s maternity style tips, or even browsing through Pinterest.
No. 8 – Gorgeous Settings for Maternity Portraits
Taking outdoor maternity photos is super popular right now, and Fall is arguably the most beautiful time of the year to be outdoors. The vibrant colors of the changing leaves, hay bales in a field, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, the diffused light of an overcast fall day – these are all perfect for a professional outdoor photo session.
No. 7 – You Get First Dibs on Halloween Candy
Sure, you’re probably watching what you eat a little more carefully these days, but who can resist indulging in a few Halloween treats? And since you’ve got pregnancy privilege, you might as well take advantage of it! I mean, who’s to say no if you’re craving a Snickers? (Just be sure not to overdo it.)
No. 6 – The Food is Fantastic
Fall cuisine is tough to beat. Just visit your local farmer’s market to see all the fresh ingredients you can turn into delectable dishes. And it’s not just about pumpkins! Carrots, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, apples, pears, cabbage, broccoli, turnips, cranberries, and onions are examples of the best fall produce you can find this time of year.
No. 5 – Fun Costume Ideas
Having a big, pregnant belly during Halloween can be so much fun! You can get really creative with costume ideas, from dressing as a giant, halved avocado or cute gumball machine to creating a fun and clever pregnancy announcement outfit for you and your partner (this one from Etsy is great for a Halloween baby announcement!).
No. 4 – You Don’t Have to Try on Bathing Suits
Need we say more?
No. 3 – You’ve Got the Perfect Excuse to Stay In
There’s just something about doing nothing. Like curling up on the couch, a cup of tea in hand, gazing-out-the-window-on-a-Friday-night kind of nothing. Sure, holiday get-togethers, football games, and family obligations are all pretty common during the fall season, but being pregnant offers expecting moms a get-out-of-socializing-free card, valid up to going into labor, and eligible for renewal at any point after giving birth! So stay in, mama – you’ve earned it.
No. 2 – You Can Get More Sleep
During the Fall, the days are shorter, and the nights are longer, with daylight saving time adjustments making it a lot more tempting to go to bed earlier and wake up later. If at all possible, don’t resist the urge to get more sleep. As an expecting mom, your body can absolutely benefit from the additional rest.2-3
And Finally, the No. 1 Reason Being Pregnant in the Fall is the Best…
You May Be Happier Overall
Research has shown that people seem to experience a greater sense of happiness during the Fall. Experts haven’t quite figured out why, especially since mood-boosting brain chemicals such as serotonin generally get depleted in the Fall and winter. However, some researchers theorize that people associate fall with a time of comfort, rest, nurturing familial connections, and routine, whereas summer tends to be associated with adventure, less structure, and more excitement.4 Furthermore, some people suffer from a condition known as summer-onset seasonal affective disorder (sometimes referred to as reverse seasonal affective disorder). They tend to feel more depressed and lethargic during the summer, as opposed to the fall and winter (which is more characteristic of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.)5
So there you have it. If you’re a fall fanatic, you now have scientific reasons to support your obsession!
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