Pregnancy in the summer has its pros and cons. On the one hand, there is no need to purchase and wear winter clothes several sizes larger, on the other hand, the summer heat during pregnancy adds problems: swelling, shortness of breath, and excessive sweating. How to survive pregnancy in the summer?
Although everyone talks about some kind of “glow” that comes from pregnant women, but let’s face it – during the summer heat it is just unpleasant sweating, which bears little resemblance to the emission of magic light. During pregnancy, women are more likely than usual to experience discomfort because they are hot, and on sultry summer nights and hot days, the situation is even worse. That’s why we’ve decided to share some helpful tips to help you fight the heat this summer. At first glance, the advice will seem very simple to you, but just try to strictly adhere to these rules, and you will feel a significant relief in the summer heat.
In hot weather, wear underwear and clothing made from lightweight, breathable fabrics. It is best to opt for cotton clothing. Cotton is a natural fabric that is breathable and can prevent prickly heat, which affects many pregnant women. The main feature of cotton is that it crumples and deforms less than natural linen. This is important because all pregnant women want to look decent even in the summer heat.
In addition, we advise you to choose clothes in light colors, as dark colors such as dark blue, chocolate or black absorb heat rays, and this makes you even hotter!
COOL SKIN AT THE PULSE MEASUREMENT POSITION
Open a cold water tap and place your hands under it or place an ice cube on your wrist – you will immediately feel the heat in your entire body begin to subside. If you are going for a walk, try to bring a bottle of ice cold water with you to pour over your wrist during a hot summer day.
TAKE A WARM SHOWER
When you are very hot, there is a great desire to get into a cold shower, but this is not right. After such a procedure, your body will naturally begin to heat up to compensate for the sudden cooling – the cold water will make it even hotter. Therefore, it is better to take a warm shower, which really helps you cool off.
DRINK MORE WATER
During pregnancy, your body can quickly become dehydrated, making you feel weak and dizzy. To avoid such discomfort, drink plenty of fluids throughout the day and remember to always bring a bottle of water with you to quench your thirst, cool down or calm down at the right time. If you drink water, but dizziness and weakness persist, see a doctor immediately.
In some cases, doctors who see you during pregnancy may recommend that you limit your water intake. In this case, you should definitely check with your doctor about the total amount of water you can drink per day.
SWIM IN THE POOL
Swimming in the pool is very beneficial for you – it not only helps the body cool down, but it also relieves stress on the sciatic nerve and reduces swelling in the legs. Of course, the degree of exercise allowed for you and the time you spend in the pool must be agreed with your doctor. If there are no restrictions for you, it will be much easier for you to survive the summer heat. However, if you choose a pool for swimming, choose an indoor one, because you should spend less time in the sun.
TRY TO KEEP THE SHADOW
Hot weather is an inevitable summer season, so try to stay in the shade for as long as possible during pregnancy. Because of the increased level of melanin, pregnant women are more prone to sunburn, so they should stay out of direct sunlight between 11:00 and 15:00 and more in shady places.
We hope these simple tips will help you get through your pregnancy in the heat of summer. We must definitely mention that our advice is of a recommendatory nature, and in case of any even minor deterioration in the well-being of a pregnant woman, it is imperative to consult a doctor as soon as possible.