How to Cope with Pregnancy during the Hot Summer Months
Pregnancy is a beautiful gift for many women. It’s a beautiful experience of creation, bonding, and love. Unfortunately, it also comes with many discomforts. For this reason, you may dread being pregnant in the summer. If you’re going to be pregnant in the heat of the summer, we’ve listed a few helpful ways for you to cope.
Watch the Weather
Summer can be a great time to relax outdoors and get some appropriate exercise. However, pregnancy tends to make you feel hot, especially later in the pregnancy. You should watch the weather. If the heat is intense and the humidity is high on a particular day, then stay indoors and keep yourself cool. Use a cool, wet washcloth on the back of your neck, forehead, or extremities to keep you cool and comfy. Use fans and squirt bottles to keep yourself cool too! If you’re going to be outside, you should try to be out there in the morning or evening when the temperature is cooler if possible.
It’s important for any pregnant woman to keep hydrated for a healthy baby. Summertime brings extra perspiration, so it’s even more vital that you drink fluids all day long to keep your body regulated. Water is the best option by far. Avoid sugary drinks and caffeinated drinks. You can also restrict your salt intake a little to prevent water retention in your body.
Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothing to keep yourself from sweating. This can also prevent heat rashes, which no one wants to have.
Kick Your Feet Up
Growing a baby is hard work, so give yourself a break. Prop your feet up as you sit or lie down to help prevent swelling in the ankles and legs. This happens commonly in pregnancy anyway, but can be worse in summer.
Summer can bring so many fun things to do both indoors and outdoors. Keep yourself busy with fun things to occupy your mind and give you purpose.