Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life, but it can also be challenging, especially during the summer months. The heat and humidity can make pregnant women uncomfortable, and they may face health risks if they do not take proper care of themselves. Here are some tips for pregnancy care in summer:
Stay Hydrated: It is essential to drink plenty of water during pregnancy, but it becomes even more crucial during the hot summer months. Drink at least eight glasses of water per day and carry a water bottle with you when you’re out and about.
Wear Comfortable Clothes: Choose loose, lightweight, and breathable clothing during the summer months. Avoid tight-fitting clothes as they can cause discomfort and increase the risk of heat exhaustion.
Stay indoors during peak hours: The sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, so pregnant women should avoid going outside during these hours. If they must go out, they should wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Stay Cool: Stay in air-conditioned rooms or use fans to stay cool during the summer. Avoid spending time outside during the hottest parts of the day and stay in the shade when you do go out.
Eat Healthy: Eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Avoid heavy, spicy, or fried foods as they can increase the risk of heartburn and indigestion.
Exercise in the Morning or Evening: If you’re going to exercise during pregnancy, try to do it during the cooler parts of the day, such as the early morning or evening. Avoid exercising in extreme heat or humidity.
Take Regular Breaks: Take frequent breaks during the day to rest and avoid overexertion. Avoid standing or sitting for long periods and elevate your feet when you can.
Exercise caution in the water: Swimming can be a great way to stay cool and get some exercise during pregnancy, but pregnant women should exercise caution in the water. They should avoid diving and jumping, and they should always be supervised by a lifeguard.
Treat the Feet: As swelling is a common problem during pregnancy, keep your feet elevated above heart level as much as possible to improve the blood flow that treats the condition. You can also keep your feet in a tub filled with cold water to keep your body cool.
You can also try hydrotherapy in a pool or bathtub by immersing your entire abdomen in the water for 20 to 30 minutes to reduce your body temperature.
Having a temperature of over 101 degrees or overheating symptoms is not necessarily dangerous for you and your baby. However, seek immediate medical attention if you experience persistent fever or symptoms.
In conclusion, taking care of oneself during pregnancy in summer is very important. Pregnant women should take extra precautions to stay cool, hydrated, and healthy during the hot summer months. By following these tips, they can enjoy a comfortable and safe pregnancy.
If you are pregnant this summer and looking for expert tips and care, schedule an appointment with Womb Fertility Center and our Specialist will work with you to create a plan.