Hello, future mamma!
Although being pregnant in the summer has many benefits, the intense heat can make things uncomfortable.
Even under ideal circumstances, taking care of oneself while you are pregnant can be difficult. If your due date falls in the summer or the early fall, it could be considerably harder to stay healthy and comfortable. Our team wants to make sure you have the tools and strategies required for a stress-free pregnancy, regardless of the conditions.
You gain 25 to 35 pounds while expecting a baby, which you must carry around with you. In the middle of the summer, this kind of heavy lifting might be taxing.
Moreover, you develop a natural intolerance to heat. High outside temperatures might be harmful to your health because pregnancy causes an increase in internal body temperature. As a general guideline, pay attention to the heat index, which measures the outside temperature and humidity. While it could be required occasionally, we don't want you to spend the entire summer indoors.
The following are 10 suggestions for keeping pregnant women safe during the warmest months of the year:
Wear Comfortable Clothes
The heightened discomfort of a summer pregnancy is its worst feature. The combination of the heat and your shifting physique makes you irritable. We advise you to dress comfortably in loose-fitting, breathable clothing. To minimize your exposure to the sun, think about wearing a hat with a wide brim.
Avoid Being Under The Sun's Direct Rays
Your days of tanning are temporarily put on hold. In your current state, you're far more prone to experience heat exhaustion, so if you must be outside, it's better to stay in the shade, put on a hat, or get an umbrella.
Sip Plenty Of Water
Whether you are pregnant or not, this is sound advice. But right now, it's crucial. Your systems continue to operate normally and your body temperature is controlled by staying hydrated. Aim to consume eight to ten glasses of water a day, or even more if you exercise frequently. If you're exercising outside and perspiring, other sports drinks with a lot of electrolytes are also fantastic.
Spray Some Water On Your Body
Water benefits the entire body. Carrying a water-filled spray bottle is a smart idea. To stay cool, frequently spritz yourself.
Regularly Apply Sunscreen
It's critical to protect oneself from the sun's rays right now. You become severely dehydrated and unpleasant after getting a sunburn. Use sunscreen frequently and save yourself the trouble.
Swimming is fantastic for staying cool on a hot day, but it also has additional advantages. You'll relieve stress on your back and joints by losing a little weight. Swim with care and stop if you start to feel too exhausted.
Take Care When Exercising
It's beneficial for pregnant women to exercise. Yet, the heat can interfere with your exercise schedule. Early in the morning or just as the sun is setting are the greatest times to work out. Your danger of heat exhaustion is at its lowest during this period when the weather is normally the coolest.
If you can't plan your exercise around the sun, think about going for a walk in your neighborhood mall, which is air-conditioned, or signing up for a gym membership so you can work out comfortably indoors.
Kick Up Your Feet
Elevate your feet as high above your heart as you can because swelling is a regular issue. That’s where QuiltComfort’s wide variety of pregnancy pillows come in. Have a look and take your pick. You can also attempt hydrotherapy, which involves immersing your entire belly in water for 20 to 30 minutes each day, in a bathtub or swimming pool.
Consume Wholesome & Healthy Food
Eating healthy food is crucial because of all the sweating and added effort. Eat a lot of meals high in protein and healthy fats, such as avocados and oils, for both you and your infant. This can help you stay healthy as you battle the oppressive sun.
Avoid Meals That Can Go Bad
It's likely that someone bought potato salad, coleslaw, or other foods with readily spoilable ingredients if you're at a summertime picnic. It's advisable to avoid these foods as they might perish quickly in the summer sun.
Summertime pregnancy need not be a dreadful experience. You can still have a safe and healthy pregnancy while taking pleasure in the warmth and cooling down in the pool with your friends and family.
Conditions To Watch Out For:
Preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication marked by high blood pressure and indications of damage to other organ systems, most frequently the liver and kidneys, could be the cause of this. Untreated, it may result in life-threatening problems such as blood clotting, lung fluid buildup, convulsions, and others.
They indicate dehydration. Your baby may become overheated if your temperature remains above 102 degrees for more than 10 minutes.
Progesterone frequently plays a role in several common problems. But, if the issue continues, it can be a symptom of dehydration.
They may also indicate an overheated body even though they are less typical symptoms.
Your feelings may also experience heat too!
Almost all pregnant women experience mood swings, but the heat can exacerbate irritation, tearfulness, and other aggravating feelings.
Be wise when you ask for assistance, whether it be something as easy as having the grocery clerk help you carry your bags to the car or asking a family member or trusted friend to watch your kids so you can take a nap.
Go inside, turn on the air conditioner, drink something cold, sit quietly, and try to picture yourself in a cooler setting, such as the beach or beside a lake, if you find yourself experiencing an emotional meltdown. Your body and mind will feel cooler if you can calm your thoughts.
You and your family should feel joy during your pregnancy. Be prepared to experience exhaustion and other heat-related issues, but be vigilant for any warning signs that could endanger you or your unborn child. Call your doctor or arrange for someone to drive you to the hospital if you are unsure.