With summer upon us and the weather heating up, we’re here to give you some easy ways to stay cool. This is especially important during pregnancy while you are carrying extra weight from a growing belly, experiencing dehydration from morning sickness and swelling. When overheated, it takes more energy for a pregnant woman’s body to cool off, so be mindful of muscle cramps, excessive sweating, weakness, dizziness, headaches and other symptoms.
Stay Cool Indoors
- Keep curtains drawn or blinds closed until the sunlight isn’t directly hitting your windows.
- If your bedroom is too hot, sleep or hangout out in another room.
- Keep fans and coolers nearby.
- Take frequent cool showers.
- Wear light breathable fabrics and open toed shoes when overheated.
- Fill a tub with cool water and soak your feet.
- Drink ice water and fluids that replace your electrolytes. However, avoid over-hydration with water and make sure you have a good, safe balance of both fluids.
- Keep a cool wet towel on your forehead or back of your neck or use cold compresses from the freezer.
- Get some rest or sleep in a cool dark place.
Keep Cool Out And About
- A mini battery operated fan or spray bottle fan combo is your new bestie.
- Try to stay in the shade and avoid going out during the hottest time of the day by completing tasks in the morning or early evening. This is a good excuse to get that wide brimmed hat you’ve been eyeing.
- Go swimming.
- Use sunscreen with a high SPF! Pregnant women are more susceptible to burning and damaging brown spots.
Foods That Affect Your Cool
- Reduce, but don’t eliminate, your salt intake.
- Don’t take any diuretic substances, which can cause the loss of electrolytes.
- Eat refreshing fruits and veggies.
- Avoid coffee and soda.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. Please consult your healthcare provider directly for medical advice, diagnoses, and treatments. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health or the health of your baby, consult your physician.