With your belly growing bigger as the weather grows hotter, you may be wondering if you’ll make it through the summer. Here are a few tips to help you survive a summer pregnancy:
- Stay well hydrated: Getting enough fluids can be difficult in the hot summer months. It is recommended that you drink about 2 liters of clear liquids every day, but in the summertime, you need to add about 8 ounces for every hour you spend in the heat to make up for the fluid loss due to sweating.
- Reduce feet swelling: Lower extremity edema which often occurs during pregnancy can become worse in the summer, causing your feet, ankles, and calves to swell up. To help reduce swelling, you must try to keep your legs elevated whenever and wherever you can - even in the office. If your swelling persists, try munching on watercress, citrus fruits, celery, or small bits of parsley which act as natural diuretics to help reduce swelling.
- Dealing with excessive perspiration: Being pregnant in the summer gives you the option of wearing lightweight and comfortable maternity clothes. To maximize comfort, go for loose, light-colored cotton clothes. The light color reflects some of the heat away from your body and the cotton material absorbs the moisture from your skin helping you remain cool and preventing uncomfortable rashes.
- Get in the pool to stay cool: Water can be a soon-to-best mother’s best friend! An afternoon dip will not only lower your body temperature, the buoyancy will also reduce the stress on your joints and cramped organs. As an added bonus, splashing around in the pool provides you with a great low-impact cardiovascular workout.
- Keep in touch with your doctor: If you find that you are unusually tired or have any other health concerns, contact your doctor or a reproductive specialist to identify the underlying cause and a possible treatment that could alleviate your symptoms without affecting your pregnancy.
Following these tips will help you stay comfortable and safe during the summer as you prepare to welcome your baby.
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