If you’re currently pregnant, then it comes as no surprise that you may already be feeling warmer than usual. Add in the summer sun, and you are probably feeling downright HOT! But don’t let belly sweat and cankles get you down! With these easy summer tips, you will be on your way to fun in the sun.
Now is the time to break out your loose-fitting, cotton garments. Clothing that is light and breathable will help keep your body temperature more comfortable. Remember that darker colors will attract the sun, so stick with light colors or white. Bringing along a fan with a mister will help in keeping you cool and the most recent models can attach to a simple water bottle. Try pouring cool water over your wrists or back of your neck for a quick cool down.
Speaking of water, it is very important to HYDRATE! Your body needs 3 to 4 liters of water a day. Thirst is a late sign that you aren’t getting enough fluid and that you should increase your water intake. Dehydration can affect amniotic fluid levels in pregnancy, therefore, it is important to stay on top of hydration.
To beat the heat try activities that allow you to stay cool, such as swimming and lounging at the splash pad. Swimming is an excellent activity that has many benefits such as relaxing your joints and relieving discomfort. Being in the water takes the weight off of your back and allows for moving around comfortably.
Pregnancy can give us an amazing glow, but it can also cause our skin to be more sensitive than usual. You may find while pregnant that you are more likely to get a sunburn, rash, or hives. To prevent getting too much sun, try wearing a sun hat and protective clothing. You should always wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply often. If you are already experiencing melasma or the “mask of pregnancy”, sun exposure could make this condition worse.
SWELLING AND DISCOMFORT!
Along with excessive heat usually comes uncomfortable swelling. Our legs, feet, ankles, and toes can feel tight and miserable. If this happens, try moving to a cooler area and prop those piggies up on a few towels (at or above heart level is best). Increasing water intake and decreasing (not eliminating) salt intake can be useful in combating swelling as well. Taking short walks and frequent movement can also help your muscles push fluid from the area back into your circulatory system.
Being pregnant in the hot days of summer can be stressful. But with a little planning and watching your body’s cues, you can still have much fun in the sun. Be vigilant about staying well hydrated and careful not to get overheated. If at any time you are not feeling well, move to a cooler place and/or contact your medical practitioner for advice.