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Beat the Heat While Pregnant this Summer!

June 11, 2012

You’re pregnant, and a long, hot summer stretches out ahead of you. Heat and humidity that used to be irritating is now downright exhausting, whether you’re soldiering through the nausea and fatigue of your first trimester or the expansion of your belly in your third.

If it’s over 85 degrees, stay inside near a fan or air conditioner. When the mercury rises and heat warnings are being issued, try to save outdoor tasks for early in the morning and in the evening. Get your dog used to being walked on that schedule. And the watering of your lawn can wait until the sun begins to set! Plus, if you’re sticking to an exercise routine during pregnancy, you’ll want to figure out a way to get that exercise indoors, whether you join a gym or buy a treadmill. Exerting yourself in high temperatures can put dangerous amounts of stress on your body, whether you’re pregnant or not.

And of course, follow the cardinal rule of summertime: stay hydrated. Even if you’re only going out for an hour or so, take a bottle of water with you, preferable filled with ice. You don’t want to be stuck in a long line at the poorly air-conditioned bank or waiting outside school for your kids without the relief of cool water. Staying hydrated throughout the day, even while sedentary at work or home, is important, too! And if you find yourself sweating throughout a hot day, sports drinks like Gatorade will replenish your electrolytes. You can also try salty, whole-grain snacks with water to keep your electrolytes in balance.

If your home or office is not air-conditioned, fans are your friend! Position a small fan at your face and continuously spritz your face with a small spray bottle of water. The fan will allow the water to evaporate on your skin, which will help to keep you cool. Keep your feet elevated to alleviate the swelling that is so common in warmer weather. And you may want to consider installing a window A/C in your bedroom for use at night. A small unit is inexpensive and will keep that one room cool so that you can sleep well!

Hang in there! Take each hot day at a time, and be prepared with water, snacks, and a schedule that keeps you out of the heat during the hottest hours of the day. September will be here soon!

Photography courtesy of Flickr.

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