If you’re one of the many women who are welcoming a baby during the hot summer months, we’re pretty sure you can’t wait for that due date to arrive. Summertime heat and humidity can wreak havoc on energy levels and cause your body to overheat, adding to your discomfort.
We’ve put together five ways to help beat the heat and hopefully experience a little bit of relief during your summertime pregnancy.
5 Ways to Beat the Heat During a Summertime Pregnancy
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Hydration is not only vital to your health but the health of your baby. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “During pregnancy, you should drink 8 to 12 cups (64 to 96 ounces) of water every day. Water has many benefits. It aids digestion and helps form the amniotic fluid around the fetus. Water also helps nutrients circulate in the body and helps waste leave the body.” Drink a few sips of water before bedtime, and don’t wait to feel thirsty to hydrate. Give your water intake an added boost by eating hydrating fruits and vegetables such as apples, oranges, spinach, and kale.
Dress for Comfort
Who says you can’t be comfortable and cute in the summer heat? Wear loose-fitting, stretchy clothing made with breathable fabric, like these fun maternity dresses. Accessorize with a sun hat, and you’ll be breezing through the summer heat in style.
Limit Your Time in the Sun
If you need to get outside, limit your activities to earlier in the morning or later in the day. According to Northwest Medicine, “Exposure to the sun during pregnancy has been linked to decreased amounts of folic acid, which is needed for your baby’s growth and development. The lack of folic acid can increase the risk for spina bifida and other birth defects.” Be sure to protect yourself from the sun by using sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Use a sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF or higher, and don’t forget to apply it to your face.
Fill Your Tummy with Cool Foods
One of the last things any of us wants to do when it’s hot outside is turn on the oven or stove. Foods rich in nutrients and protein that can be enjoyed chilled are great ways to cure hunger pains and keep cool. Try making smoothies, homemade popsicles, or enjoying some yogurt. “Protein is critical for ensuring the proper growth of baby’s tissues and organs, including the brain. It also helps with breast and uterine tissue growth during pregnancy. It even plays a role in your increasing blood supply, allowing more blood to be sent to your baby.” (Healthline)
Cool Off In The Water
Swimming or water jogging can not only help to cool you down, but may help to alleviate discomfort from swelling and back pain. If getting in the pool isn’t feasible, try a cool shower or bath. You can also keep a spray bottle filled with water in the fridge to give yourself a cool spritz throughout the day.
If you are interested in learning more about navigating your summertime pregnancy, or have any other questions regarding your pregnancy, please contact Women’s Health Associates for an appointment, consultation, and more.