There are many challenges that come with being pregnant during the summer months. If you’re preparing for the season as an expectant mother, the following tips will help you survive the heat.
- Summer Pregnancy Tip 1: Limit Your Time Outside
If possible, plan all outdoor activities around the temperature. Limit the time you spend outside during peak sun hours. If you need to do something outdoors, plan for the morning or evening when the sun is lower in the sky, before the temperature rises.
- Summer Pregnancy Tip 2: Stay Hydrated
Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking liquids, especially water. Sports drinks can also be helpful because they contain electrolytes. On average, you should plan to drink two liters of clear liquids daily, plus an additional 8 ounces for every hour spent in the summer heat.
- Summer Pregnancy Tip 3: Kick Back with Your Feet Up
Edema or swelling caused by fluid trapped in body tissue, can be a real problem for pregnant women in the summer. Elevate your feet and legs as much as possible, anywhere that you can do it (not just when you’re outdoors). It’s a great excuse to buy a hammock for the backyard!
- Summer Pregnancy Tip 4: Wear Light & Airy Clothing
Naturally, you’re going to want to wear summer maternity clothing that’s cool and comfortable. Also remember to find garments that are light in color since darker shades tend to absorb heat while lighter hues reflect it.
- Summer Pregnancy Tip 5: Get in the Pool
Sitting on the couch in your air-conditioned home all day while pregnant can get boring fast. Fight off boredom with swimming. The water helps you stay cool so you don’t overheat and it provides buoyancy that takes the stress off your legs. With any exercise program, consult your obstetrician before commencing.
Talk to your obstetrician if you have any questions about how to have a happy and safe summer pregnancy.