- Holi is the Indian spring festival played with
- Pregnant women are especially susceptible and
need to take a few precautions to play Holi
- Playing with home-made
colors, avoiding certain foods and drinks, and being alert to your general
surroundings can help you have a safe Holi.
Pregnancy is an amazing journey. But are you pregnant, and longing to
splash around in colors on Holi? Have your friends and relatives been telling
you to be a meek spectator this time around, watching safely from a distance as
everyone else celebrates?
Fear not. We have up our sleeves a few interesting tips to help you
participate in the Holi celebrations, safely.
‘Let pregnancy not come in the way of celebrating Holi. Few precautions can help you have a safe Holi.’
Let us first take a peek into the festival of Holi.
India celebrates one of its biggest festivals, Holi, with fervor across
the country.The spring festival of colors, made more radiant by the myriad
legends associated with it, is believed to be dating back several centuries.
One of the most popular legends of Holi is the association of the
festival with Lord Krishna, who is believed to have been the first person to
smear the face of his lady love, Radha, with colors. Various murals, paintings,
images, of Krishna playing Holi with Radha, and the Gopinis, are integral to
Hindu culture and mythology.
The other legend involves the burning of the demoness Holika. Holi celebrations
customary burning of twigs the night before the festival, symbolizing Holika
Dahan (the burning of Holika), thus marking the triumph of good over evil,
which is the basis of many Indian festivals.
With the carnival of colors round the corner, it is time to buck up and
take a few precautions. And if you are an expecting mom, and don't want to miss
this day, read on!
from these precautions, here are some more Holi tips to let you have fun
first thing to remember is that your condition makes you susceptible, and
colors you would ordinarily use might lead to reactions, and even harm your
- Chetna Jain,
consultant gynecologist at Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon, cautions against
color quality, "The quality control may not be good and there is a huge
possibility of contamination of colors which are labeled herbal and considered
safe. And these can be harmful to the fetus as they can be inadvertently
swallowed or get absorbed from the skin."
- So forsake those toxic synthetic colors, and
opt for home-made ones. Keep a wary eye out for 'natural' and organic' colors
which claim to be made organically, but whose powder bases may still contain
harsh industrial chemicals. Apart from causing skin irritation and rashes,
these chemicals can pass through your placenta and harm the
- Have a
dry Holi: Try to avoid getting
drenched. Just this once, keep away from mixing the colors in water, since
slipping and falling in water would hurt both you and your baby.
care of what you eat and drink: Avoid
Holi sweets, especially if you are suffering from gestational diabetes.Try not
to consume oily foods that might cause heartburn. And keep away from bhang, or
any other intoxicants.You don't want to get tipsy, and run the risk of
taking a tumble.
Pay heed to the doctor's
advice."Be careful about what you eat. It is essential that you avoid
heavy or exceptionally oily food that can cause indigestion or heartburn. Avoid drinks and stay
hydrated," opines Anjali Kumar, gynecologist in Paras Hospital.
- If you
are a lactating mother, remember to wash yourself well after playing. Otherwise your baby could ingest colors while
ill-behaved crowds so that you do not get pushed, hurt, or fall over
- In case you
get wet, be careful to immediately get out of those wet clothes. Keep yourself
hydrated. Drink lots of water.
- Coat yourself with moisturizer or oil, prior to stepping out, and don't forget to apply
a layer of oil to your hair, so that the colors
come off easily when you wash. Do not let them stay on for too long, in case
you ingest them, or they might seep in through the placenta.
- If you already have a baby bump, people might not get
over-mischievous with you. But you can never say. Keep
someone at hand to hold on to, if you feel unsure of yourself. Your hubby will anyway not leave you alone on this day and make sure he
- Consult your
doctor at once if you experience dizziness, temporary blindness, nausea, or if
your skin erupts in rashes, and you notice itchiness or burning sensation on
affected parts. Do not induce vomiting if you
have ingested color, but wash your mouth right away, and go and see your
As an expecting mother, you can participate in the merriment of Holi
which only adds to your joy. Simply remember to be responsible towards yourself
and your child, and you will be able to yell 'Holi hai, bhai Holi hai',
just as usual!
- Brighter the color, greater the danger of
toxicity - (http://www.toxicswatch.org/2012/03/brighter-color-greater-danger-of.html)