You’re expecting! How exciting!! With everything you’ll want to do while waiting for your new bundle of joy, taking care of yourself should be number one on your list. Being pregnant comes with lots of changes. One of the more noticeable is a higher body temperature which can lead to difficulty regulating heat. Yes, a pregnant woman’s body temperature runs a bit higher than normal, so making sure you take precautions to keep cool and comfy is necessary as summer approaches.
Increased skin sensitivity and perspiration add to some of the changes expecting moms experience. Your body has a bit lower tolerance for heat and humidity. Here are some safety tips that will help you and your growing baby keep cool this summer.
Beat the Heat
Expecting shouldn’t keep you from enjoying your favorite warm-weather activities. A bit of extra planning (moms do lots of planning) and you can enjoy yourself and keep cool and comfy all throughout your pregnancy.
Hydrate! Pregnant women perspire a bit more so taking water or cold drinks with you will help you to stay hydrated and keep your body cool. Drink water, tea, or low sugar sports drinks that replace electrolytes throughout the day to help your body beat the heat.
Plan outdoors activities and exercises for the coolest part of the day, either mornings or evenings. It’s recommended that expecting moms stay indoors during the hottest part of the day.
Water fun! Carry a mister or spray bottle for a refreshing spritz. Take an extra shower or soak your feet in a foot bath to keep cool indoors. Enjoying activities that include water outdoors can provide exercise or relaxation. Swimming or floating is great, but remember to be cautious of the sun and heat. Wearing a hat and sun protection is a must poolside.
As the heat and humidity rise expecting moms may experience an increase in skin sensitivity and perspiration. They need to take extra care to avoid overexertion.
Wear sunscreen for added protection, being pregnant may make your skin a bit more sensitive to the sun. Physicians recommend a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher applied 20 minutes before going outside.
Dress for the weather! Select fabrics and styles that work well in the heat. Wear lightweight and fast drying fabrics to reduce heat rashes and help you feel cool and dry. Fabrics like cotton, bamboo, blends containing a large amount of either, and jersey are good choices. Their breathability and moisture wicking qualities will help keep your body cool and dry, the best way to beat the heat and look great.
Make time for rest and self-care. With so much to plan for, taking time daily to unwind and relax is good for you and baby.
Put your feet up! Increased temperature can lead to swelling feet and legs. Expecting moms should elevate their feet, when possible, to reduce the likelihood of swelling. Avoiding salty foods will help reduce swelling caused by water retention.
Avoid overexertion in your last trimester. Allow yourself to delegate household tasks that start to become more difficult, especially if the rise in temperature adds to the difficulty.
Take a nap! Yes expecting moms often feel tired and may have difficulty sleeping through the night. Allow yourself to rest throughout the day. Your body and baby will appreciate the extra ZZZZZs.
Waiting for your baby is an exciting time and we hope following these tips helps you enjoy summer while taking care of your baby and yourself!