Summer weather can be unbearably hot and uncomfortable – especially if you’re pregnant. What can you do to beat the heat? Here are six summer pregnancy survival tips to help you stay cool and comfortable:
- Drink plenty of water. When you are pregnant, you require extra fluids to keep you and your baby healthy. This is especially important when the weather is hot. Drink plenty of water and try to avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, and sodas), which can be dehydrating.
- Choose the right clothes. Wear cool, light clothing when outdoors. Natural fabrics, such as cotton and linen, are cooler because they breathe better than synthetic fabrics. Loose clothing is cooler than fitted clothing. Avoid wearing dark colors, which absorb heat and make you feel hotter.
- Stay in the shade or indoors. Plan to stay in the air conditioning during the hottest times of the day (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.). If you are going to be outdoors, stay in the shade as much as possible and wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. During pregnancy, your skin is more prone to sunburn and skin blotching. For added protection, wear a wide-brim hat and sunglasses.
- Go for a swim. Spend time in the pool relieving the pressure off of your back and joints while cooling down your core. Swimming or wading can be a refreshing and relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
- Eat right. Stock up on water dense foods such as watermelon and delicious summer fruits. Avoid excess salt intake – this includes processed foods, which are typically high in salt.
- Get plenty of sleep. Nine hours of sleep each day is ideal during pregnancy. More or less than nine hours may raise your risk of developing high blood pressure, or preeclampsia. Take frequent naps if necessary.