5 Ways to “Beat the Heat” During a Summer Pregnancy
The sun is shining, and the humidity is humidifying. And your belly’s getting larger by the day. While summer can be an enjoyable and relaxing time, it can also create difficulties during pregnancy. Here are five ways to “beat the heat” during a summer pregnancy:
1. Stay hydrated.
This should be a no-brainer, but staying hydrated is vital. And making sure you’re getting enough fluids is tougher in the summer. Typically, pregnant women should drink about ten cups of fluids per day, but in the summer, you need to add more to compensate for the amount you sweat out. So plan on adding a couple more cups per hour you’re outside. Avoid diuretics like caffeinated sodas, and mix it up with a fun mocktail or smoothie.
2. Lather on the SPF.
Because pregnant women are more apt to sunburn, midday sun should be avoided. Whenever you are outside, use a high SPF sunscreen. The hormones that are generated during pregnancy can cause melasma, which can often be permanent, so make sure to also wear hats and protect your chest area, as your face and chest are most prone to be affected.
3. Elevate those feet.
The heat makes the swelling in your feet and legs worse, so try to keep them up whenever you’re sitting, even at work. Wear comfortable, roomy shoes. Don’t be afraid to size up if needed. Try keeping your legs elevated while sleeping by placing a rolled up blanket or pillow under your mattress at the foot of the bed.
4. Wear light, breathable clothing.
During the summer months, aim to wear loose, breathable clothes in lighter colors. Avoid any clothes that constrict your belly, as this cause can excessive sweating and skin irritation. Light, diaphanous sun dresses are always a safe bet, as are linens and lightweight cottons.
5. Take care of your skin.
We’ve already mentioned wearing sunscreen, but it’s important to take care of your skin when you’re inside, too. Air conditioning and arid climates can severely dry out your skin, and the fact that it’s already stretched to the limit doesn’t help. Invest in a good body oil or cream and a moisturizing body wash, and don’t underestimate the power of a soothing oatmeal bath. Consult your doctor if you develop a heat rash or any other skin malady that causes you discomfort, as there may be prescriptions available to help.
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