Top Five Ways Pregnant Moms Can Beat the Heat
By Laura Sussely-Pope, Pregnancy.org
Being pregnant is a blessing. Being pregnant during a summer heat wave – not quite as big a blessing! There are few things more uncomfortable than having a pregnant belly, some extra weight, and having to deal with it during a heat wave! Here are our top five ways for you to stay cool and comfy:
- Stay hydrated. While this is always recommended, it is especially so when pregnant. Drinking plenty of liquids not only helps your body stay cool, but it will reduce the amount of swelling in hands and feet that normally occur during the last few months of pregnancy. Water is always a good option but it can get boring. You can also choose beverages with little or no sugar. And opt for decaffeinated drinks since caffeine not only poses some risks to your baby, but will cause you to lose fluid which of course, is counter-productive to staying hydrated!
- Dress comfortably. Choose roomy, comfortable clothing. When you’re pregnant, especially during the last trimester, perspiration is increased by hormones and nothing magnifies the stickiness of high humidity like tight clothes. It may be that even your maternity clothes are getting tight as your baby grows, so buy some clothes that are larger than your normal pregnant sizes. Choose loose fits, breathable fabrics and light colors that will absorb less heat. And choose footwear to allow room for swelling in your feet and ankles (one of the joys of pregnancy).
- Get more rest. Make rest a priority. Getting plenty of rest is essential during pregnancy any time of the year, but especially when high heat is a factor. You need not feel guilty because you are napping more. Giving yourself and baby extra rest needed enables you to meet your other scheduled commitments more effectively. Even if you don't sleep, take time to lie down or put your feet up. This will minimize back aches from your baby's growing weight and help to relieve the discomfort of swelling.
- Stay out of the heat. That may be easier said than done, but making the effort is well worth it. Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day, usually between 10 am and 3 pm. Try to schedule your outings for early morning or late afternoon or evening. Use air conditioning or electric fans and use a spray bottle with water to keep your skin refreshed.
- Exercise in water. Since it is advisable to avoid strenuous exercise in hot weather, a workout in the water is a perfect solution: cooling, toning and energizing all at the same time. Sign up for an aqua-natal exercise class at your local swimming pool or simply go for a swim. Not only will it cool you off, but swimming if one of the best forms of exercise there is.
How do or did you stay cool during pregnancy?