It can be challenging to be pregnant during any time of the year, but it can be even more difficult during the summer thanks to the excruciatingly hot temperatures. It can get so hot and uncomfortable that you almost wonder if you are going to make it to the end of the summer. Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks that will help you have a safe, healthy, and more comfortable pregnancy during this time of year.
It is absolutely imperative that you ensure you are consuming enough fluids throughout your pregnancy, and it becomes that much more important during the hot summer months. Ideally, you should be drinking 8 to 10 cups each day, but you could be adding one additional cup for each hour you are out in the heat during the summer due to the amount of liquid that your body loses when sweating. Don't assume that you just have to drink plain water, as you can mix up your drinks a bit so that you can have something fun, such as yummy mocktails. You can also try your hand at some homemade popsicles with yogurt, fruit, and nuts.
Dealing with Swelling
Swelling tends to worsen during the summer, which leads to your feet, ankles, and calves being one big mass. To keep the swelling under control, try to kick up your feet whenever you can. You can also do some feet and ankle exercises, and don't forget to minimize your salt intake. If the swelling continues, consider snacking on some citrus fruits and celery, as they may serve as a natural diuretic.
Fighting Extreme Heat
Pregnancy tends to leave you feeling overheated, regardless of the time of year, but you are often miserable during the summer. So, to help you feel better, take a dip in the pool. This will help you cool off while also easing some of the stress on your body. Plus, swimming is a fantastic low-impact exercise to engage in. However, don't forget to wear sunscreen.
Chafing is one of the worst things in the world, especially when you are pregnant. Luckily, as a pregnant woman, you have access to lots of lightweight, comfortable, loose-fitting maternity clothing. Look for light-colored clothes, as these will keep you from overheating, sweating, and chafing.
For more information on how to stay safe and healthy during the summer or for other obstetric care, contact your OB doctor.Share
9 July 2021
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