The weather these days are insane! Heat and humidity can be tough, but it’s even tougher when you’re pregnant. Our body temperature naturally runs a bit higher when you’re pregnant. So the added heat of a warm summer day is bound to make you more uncomfortable.
We’ve got some practical tips from other moms who’ve been in your sweaty shoes. Grab a fan and get ready… your summer pregnancy survival guide is here.
Wear loose comfortable clothes that aren’t constrictive, particularly around your waist. Dark coloured clothing holds heat, so stick to lighter shades. Also, be sure to choose breathable fabrics (like cotton) so you don’t sweat as much. This helps prevent heat rash, a common problem for pregnant women in warmer weather.
Workout at the cooler times of the day to avoid overheating. Your best bet during this period? Get in the pool! Swimming is a great way to cool off, and it helps take the weight off your sciatic nerve, so it’s a win-win for expectant moms!
Did you know pregnant women are more prone to sunburn? It’s true. You need to be even more careful to avoid the mid-day sun as a result. Do any outdoor activities in the morning or evening. If you do step outside, be sure to use a high SPF sunscreen to protect your more sensitive skin. A natural (non-chemical) sunscreen formula is also recommended.
Getting enough fluids is especially tough in the hot months. Dehydration can be a major problem for pregnant women. Ordinarily, you should drink two litres of clear liquids every day. But in the summer, you need to add at least 300 ml for every hour you spend in the heat. Get in the habit of carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go to make sure you’re drinking enough. If plain water makes you feel nauseous, try a fruit-infused water bottle to add a little flavour.
If you feel dizzy, lightheaded, or weak at any point during a hot day, get indoors as soon as you can! Drink water or electrolyte replacement liquid until you feel better. Some moms also suggest carrying a water-filled squirt bottle with you so you can mist yourself when you start to feel warm. This can be a lifesaver in really hot weather.
Your body is working hard to grow a healthy and beautiful baby. You’re tired, hot, and cranky. We get it! That’s why we want to encourage you to take as many naps as you can close to a fan or in an air conditioned room. Cool air and a little bit of sleep can do wonders for your well-being. If you have small children, take your nap when they take theirs. Everyone wins!
A common problem in summer pregnancies is the dreaded leg swelling, or edema. In the hot summer months your ankles, calves, and feet can become one bloated uncomfortable mess. Not fun! But there are steps you can take to reduce swelling and feel better. Here is a quick list of Do’s and Don’ts for women experiencing swelling while pregnant:
Keep your legs elevated when sleeping by placing a pillow or rolled up towel under your mattress.
Wear comfortable shoes (you may need to go up half a size due to swelling) and lie down at the end of your work day with your feet up for 30-60 minutes.
Remove your rings if you start to experience swelling in your hands. If you wait too long, the rings may become so tight you have to cut them off.
Don’t stand in one place for too long. Keep moving or sit down to avoid pooling.
Don’t eat too much salt. You want to reduce the amount of sodium in your diet to avoid swelling, but you don’t want to eliminate it completely because salt contains iodide which your baby needs.
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