If you are pregnant and the arrival of summer is making you anxious, there is nothing to be worried about. With the advent of summer and your belly becoming bigger and bigger, at times you may wonder — will you be able to pass this phase comfortably.
Normally, pregnant women feel hot due to the extra flow of blood raising the body temperature higher than normal. In addition, the extra weight you gain adds to the discomfort. Though pregnancy during summer is not easy and pleasant, there are several ways to cope with the heat and stay comfortable.
Healthy Tips to Beat the Summer Heat During Pregnancy:
Here are some awesome ways to beat the summer heat.
- Consume a large quantity of fluids — be it water, vegetable and fruit juices — throughout the day. Drinks containing electrolytes can help in replacing the lost salt. Staying hydrated during summer will let you feel good and fresh.
- During summer, do your outdoor work during the morning hours or in the evening time when the heat of the sun is low.
- Stay indoors or in the shade or under the fan when the temperature goes up.
- Wear loose fitting and light-coloured clothes during summer. The fabric should be breathable, so that it will help you to keep cool and prevent rashes due to heat under the breasts and abdomen. Heat rash in such areas is a common problem for pregnant women.
- Wear flip-flops to keep your feet cool.
- To keep yourself cool, take quick baths frequently during the day.
- Use a damp cloth on the head, forehead and back of the neck to lower your body temperature.
- Exercise at a time when the heat is low and avoid doing exercises to the point of overheating.
- Always carry a water-filled spray bottle with you; when you feel hot, you can mist yourself with the spray.
- Indulge in swimming which will not only help you keep cool but also lose some excess weight.
- During summer, to reduce swelling of your feet which is common during pregnancy, place them on a chair or table.
- Take frequent naps to keep yourself fresh and active.
- To prevent stretched skin and itchiness which increases during summer, use moisturising lotion immediately after taking a shower.
If you follow these health tips and consult your doctor regarding any issues, remaining cool during pregnancy in the summer months will become very easy. In fact, if you deliver during the summer months, you and your baby will have good health as you will get fresh air.