New York City — a vibrant and bustling metropolis that we’re proud to call home — is well-known for its diverse culture, iconic landmarks, and fast-paced lifestyle. It's an exciting place to live or visit, but navigating the city while pregnant can present its own set of challenges.
In this blog, our team at OBGYN Westside, PLLC, provides you with a New York City pregnancy survival guide to help make your journey as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
Stay active and exercise
It's important to prioritize your health and stay active during your pregnancy. NYC offers a range of prenatal fitness classes and activities tailored to expectant mothers. From prenatal yoga to aqua aerobics, there are plenty of options to keep you fit and healthy.
Navigating the streets of New York City requires comfortable clothing, especially during pregnancy. Invest in a good pair of supportive shoes to tackle the city's sidewalks, and opt for loose-fitting, breathable clothing to accommodate your growing bump. Consider layering, as the weather in NYC can be unpredictable.
You may need to buy a bigger size pair of shoes when you’re pregnant. Many women find that their feet swell and become flatter during pregnancy.
Plan your commute
Getting around the city can be a challenge, especially during rush hour. Take some time to plan your commute and consider alternative transportation options.
The subway can be crowded, so you may want to explore bus routes or taxis as more comfortable alternatives. Keep in mind that many subway stations in NYC don’t have elevators, so be prepared to navigate stairs or plan your route accordingly.
As you progress through your pregnancy, you may also benefit from adding a few extra minutes to your walking time so you can walk slower, if needed.
Stay hydrated and snack smart
New York City offers a plethora of delicious food options, but it's important to prioritize your health and nutrition during pregnancy. Carry a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated, especially during the hot summer months. Pack healthy snacks, such as fruits, nuts, and granola bars, to keep your energy levels up while exploring the city.
Seek prenatal resources and support
NYC is a hub for prenatal resources and support networks. Look for prenatal yoga classes, breastfeeding support groups, and parenting workshops offered by hospitals, community centers, and organizations. Connecting with other expectant parents can provide a sense of community and valuable advice.
Not sure where to start? Our providers are fluent in English, Spanish, and Korean, and are more than happy to help point you in the right direction for support resources like these.
Take time to relax
You may live and work in the city, but take time to enjoy it too! Amidst the hustle and excitement of New York City, it's crucial to prioritize self-care and relaxation during your pregnancy. Explore the city's parks and green spaces, enjoy a prenatal massage or spa treatment, or simply find a quiet spot to sit and take in the sights. Taking breaks and finding moments of calm will help you stay balanced throughout your pregnancy.
Attend your prenatal appointments
Our team offers comprehensive obstetric care right here in the Upper West Side of New York City, a 5-minute walk from the closest subway station. Whether you need high-risk prenatal care or you’ve just found out you're expecting, consider us your partners on your path to motherhood in NYC.
Give us a call today or book your next prenatal appointment online.