How do cold and flu season impact our pelvic health?

cold and flu season

Did you know that cold and flu season can impact your pelvic health?

First, we might ask if we *really* have a cold and flu season, or if the problem is really, Halloween candy season, followed by Thanksgiving pie season, followed by Christmas cookie season.

Ultimately, just as the weather gets cold, we start to eat a lot of SUGAR. On top of that, we also begin to keep ourselves indoors, decreasing our exposure to natural Vitamin D from the sun as well as the good old fashioned medicine of fresh air!

That aside, let us talking about the impact of getting sick, especially with long lingering coughs, on the pelvic bowl.

For women // womb bearing beings who already struggle with incontinence or symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, getting a cold can acutely worsen those symptoms.

Chronic coughing, sneezing, and constipation all add undue pressure to the pelvic organs.

What can we do to support our pelvic bowls during these common and unavoidable illnesses?

I wanted to start you with a few tips for now, and invite to a special series I have created, called Winter Womb Care.

To avoid constipation, which many people do struggle with an exacerbation of during the holiday season, here are a few thoughts.

  • Make sure to get a little sunshine on your face daily.
  • Hydrate well, and start your morning with a big glass of room temperature water, before eating anything.
  • Consider adding an herbal oxymel to your morning glass of water. Here is a recipe for one of my favorites. In Winter Womb Care, I will share more about why I love oxymels to support both digestion and immunity.

Here also are some little things you can do to cultivate more immune resilience to illness, decrease length and severity of symptoms, as well as support the health of your pelvic organs during spells of cough and cold symptoms.

  • That herbal oxymel goes in both of these categories! It is easy to make, delicious and nutritious! Creating new habits can change everything, morning hydration ritual is incredibly beneficial.
  • Lie down in an inversion posture daily. Meaning get your hips higher than your heart. This can be as simple as lying on the floor next to a couch, putting your calves on the couch and sliding a couple of pillows under your hips to elevate them. While you are here, you can also place a rolled hand towel underneath your heart, beneath your shoulder blades. This helps open your chest and your heart, and relaxes your nervous system.
  • One of my favorite immune boosting practices is to take medicinal mushrooms DAILY. My favorite is Cordychi by Host Defense. This is where I get all of my supplements, I have set it up to give you a 10% discount. Disclaimer, I do make a small profit here, AND I hand select products for you that I purchase for myself and my family!

These are just a few morsels of the nutritiously pack Winter Womb Care series to tend and support during the rest of these cold winter months. We are chock full of embodied practices. I will also teach simple ways to practice vaginal steams, castor packs and self massage.

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Looking forward to playing and learning together! We begin Thursday, January 25th, at 7 pm, a full moon eve! Register before December 21st and I will give you a free pass to my Womb Health Mini-Series!

About Chaya Aronson

Chaya Leia Aronson, RN BSN is a bodyworker, health and sexuality coach, dancer, lover and mother. Chaya believes that we source our creative, life force expression through our pelvic bowls and if the energy is blocked here, it greatly affects our capacity to be our full authentic selves in the world. Her passion is to support pelvic and abdominal health and healing. The main forms of bodywork she practices are the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Holistic Pelvic Care™. Bellydance, contact improvisation and yoga have been the central core of her spiritual and physical practice for over 20 years. She weaves the knowledge she’s gained about movement patterns and body structure with her playful and intuitive spirit to support her clients in actively healing their own bodies and spirits.