Celebrating Holi during pregnancy: 12 safety tips for expecting mothers

If you want to enjoy this Holi but are pregnant then don't worry. Take care of these 12 things and enjoy this big festival!
Tips to play Holi during pregnancy
Follow these tips to play Holi during pregnancy in a safe way. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Dr Chetna Jain Published: 6 Mar 2023, 14:30 pm IST
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Holi hai! While most people enjoy celebrating this festive occasion with their loved ones, pregnant women may be uncertain about playing Holi or not. Well, toxic Holi colors might be harmful to the mother and the unborn child’s health. But don’t worry, you can still make the most of the festival of colours. Let us share how you can enjoy Holi during pregnancy safely.

Risk of playing Holi with toxic colours

Artificial colours, powders and liquid colours are frequently used when playing Holi. They may contain a variety of toxins, including lead, mercury, industrial colors and pastes, motor oil, grease, and other hazardous materials like glass particles that are toxic to everyone but especially to pregnant women. Vegetable dyes, flower petals, dry and wet herbal colours, on the other hand, are healthy for expectant mothers.

The skin, mouth and nose are all entry points for toxic colours into the body. So, it can even lead to infection, discomfort and even a cold. Hence, it is necessary to protect yourself from toxic colours.

Holi during pregnancy
Take care of your health while playing Holi! Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Diet tips for pregnant women

Sugary foods should be avoided by diabetic pregnant women since they may impair the baby’s development and blood sugar levels. More so in females with gallstones and liver illness, fried food can make you feel sick, make you throw up, and make you acidic.

Bhang-containing thandai should be avoided since it contains a narcotic that can harm the brain and cause dizziness and changed senses. The baby’s nervous system and brain may potentially be impacted.

Make sure your spouse and anyone from your family is nearby when you play Holi so they can support you if you lose your balance or can provide you with anything you want or need.

Also read: 3 natural ways to clean your colour-stained nails after the Holi fun!

Tips to play a safe Holi during pregnancy

1. If you must travel, consult your doctor first. Make suitable travel arrangements, avoid overexertion, and rest before and after your trip. Some women may require uterine relaxants (They are used to prevent premature labour and allow the embryonic lungs to grow).
2. To play Holi, only use natural or herbal colours.
3. Cover your body well before playing Holi. Wear a comfortable, fit long-sleeved top, cover the neck as much as possible, and fit maternity trousers. If needed, exposed areas such as eyes, hands, and feet can be covered with glasses, a mask, and gloves.
4. Do not forget to apply moisturizer to your face and body and then apply oil to your face, body, and scalp, and remove the color as quickly as possible.

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Apply oil and then play Holi! Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

5. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses. This will keep the dry color powder or wet color from getting into your eyes, which can be uncomfortable.
6. Take your medications on time and stay hydrated before and during the Holi celebration.
7. Avoid skipping meals or indulging in junk food. Make sure you eat at the right time.
8. Steer clear of fried sweets and snacks, or consume them in moderation.
9. Avoid playing in the water. This will prevent slipping or skidding as well as getting cold since the weather is transitioning from winter to summer at this time.
10. Avoid playing Holi for a longer period of time. You might become weak and exhausted if you do this. Play it cautiously for a brief while.
11. Just after playing Holi, take a warm shower.
12. After the party, treat yourself to warm liquids and a balanced dinner.

Lastly, take rest and sleep for some time to feel fresh and energetic!

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Also read: Know these side effects of bhang before you clink glasses on Holi

What to do if Holi colors get into your eyes, mouth, and nose?

Women should blow their noses out and wash their nostrils with warm, flowing water if they accidentally inhale the dry powder. If a lot is swallowed, they must continually cleanse their mouth. Wash your eyes or the area that is causing itching or any other unpleasant sensations if you have an instant reaction to colour or if the colour accidentally gets into your eyes. If it does not get better within a reasonable amount of time, you should seek immediate medical attention.

Pregnancy is joyful, and so is Holi. But you cannot be careless during this time. So make sure you follow the instructions and have a safe time at the festival.

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About the Author

Dr Chetna Jain is an experienced gynaecologist who takes advantage of the latest technological advances for quality care tailored to patients’ needs. She practices modern medicine based on the current guidelines and protocols laid by RCOG. With special expertise and interest in high-risk pregnancy, she has successfully treated a large number of Indian and international patients suffering from fibroids, ovarian cysts, ectopic pregnancy, adenomyosis, endometrial polyps, tubal block, and infertility. She is the Director in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at Cloudnine Group of hospitals. ...Read More

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