Summer heat combined with pregnancy hormones? That’s a recipe for one hot mama! Sometimes it may seem that the heat and humidity is unbearable during your pregnancy, but fortunately there are ways to beat the heat.
Having a full summer maternity wardrobe will keep you not only stylish but also cool and comfy. It is absolutely essential for pregnant women to have these items on hand:
- Comfy capris and shorts
- Lightweight, loose tops
- Flowing, breezy summer dresses
- A tote bag to carry all your summer necessities to keep your cool and safe
Water is Your Best Friend:
It is important to stay hydrated in the summer for anyone, but more importantly for pregnant women. Be sure to drink at least eight glasses of cold water each day. Not drinking enough water can worsen pregnancy aches, swelling and even trigger contractions. A creative and tasty way to make drinking water easier is to put a fresh lemon, lime or orange wedge in your glass.
Water isn’t just for drinking! Carry a spray bottle filled with cold water. A few sprays can help to cool you down when the heat just won’t quit! You can also lay a cool washcloth on the back of your neck or a soft freezer pack. If none of these options are doing the trick, go for a swim to cool down!
Check the Weather
When the forecast calls for a hot and humid day, plan to stay indoors where you have access to air conditioning or fans. If you absolutely need to step outside, do so either early in the day or late in the evening when the heat is less extreme. If neither of these options will work for you, be sure to take hydration breaks and cool yourself off if you feel like you are starting to sweat. If you start to feel dizzy or light headed, get indoors immediately and grab a cold glass of water. Once you are refreshed, lie down on your left side. If you don’t feel better soon, be sure call your midwife or doctor right away.
Also be sure to avoid the afternoon sun. Pregnant women are more prone to sunburn, so whenever you are outside in the sun, be sure to apply and reapply sunscreen often to protect yourself from the harmful UV rays.
Plan Vacations Wisely
During the first and third trimester, you may need to rest and take frequent bathroom stops. If you are driving, be sure to stop every hour or two (depending on the length of your trip) to stretch your legs and walk around. If you are flying, take a walk up and down the aisle, or even just to the bathroom. Also be sure to extend your ankles while seated to reduce swelling. Before booking a flight, check their policies. Some airlines restrict travel after 36 weeks into a pregnancy, and others require verification from your doctor that you are fit for travel.
By using these tips, you will be able to keep your cool all summer long! Have any other questions about your prenatal care? Give our specialists a call at 973-968-4611.