The summer’s heat can affect everyone who comes in contact with it, especially when you’re pregnant, presenting challenges other seasons may not. Staying comfortable despite rising temperatures is extremely important during pregnancy. We understand that sometimes cooler environments and air conditioning are things only some have access to during the warmer months, but worry not. We have you covered!
While researching, we found a blog post from OwletCare.com that discussed some great ideas to help manage a summer pregnancy. Let’s review some of their tips and tricks to beat the heat!
Tip #1: Recognizing the signs of heat exhaustion
Pregnancy can cause new mental and physical symptoms you’ve never experienced before. It’s essential to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion to reduce the chances of overheating. The CDC notes the following as heat exhaustion symptoms:
- Heavy Sweating
- Decrease in Urine OutPut
- Elevated Body Temperature
If you feel yourself experiencing these symptoms in the heat, it’s crucial to call 911 or contact your doctor.
Tip #2: Water is your go-to
Hydration is among the utmost important things in your pregnancy. Dehydration can cause you to go into premature labor. In the summer, ensuring you’re drinking the appropriate intake for your body becomes even more vital. Adding fruit to your drink can be an easy way to consume energy-gaining nutrients, as experts advise avoiding alcohol and caffeine during pregnancy.
Another way water can help your pregnancy is by swimming. Swimming is a great way to cool off and provides light and safe exercise. If your joints and feet swell, a quick dip in the pool can aid in rapid relief.
Tip #3: Dress comfortably
When you can’t control your environment’s temperature, dressing cool and comfortably will go a long way. Try to avoid materials that cling to your body, such as polyester and leather. Instead, wear linen materials that flow and move with you. Long skirts, tank tops, dresses, and loose pants are staples to have in your closet this summer. Try accessorizing with light layers such as hats and sunglasses.
Tip #4: Managing indoor temperatures
There are still ways to keep cool if you’re in an indoor space without AC. Here are some ideas to maintain your space’s cool atmosphere:
- Replace your heavy-duty comforters and duvets with lighter blankets.
- Set up spots to relax in the shadiest places in your environment.
- Trade out your heating pads for ice packs. You can place them on your wrists, the back of your neck, and the front and back of your knees. These spots are where large blood vessels locate and help to cool skin down. You can even use frozen water bottles!
- Carry a handheld fan with you so you’re always prepared to enter warmer indoor climates.
- Make sure your ceiling fans are spinning counterclockwise. This ensures the cool air gets pushed down onto you.
Tip #5: Nonstrenuous activities
Overworking yourself can cause you to overheat, potentially harming you and the baby’s health. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy classic summer activities. Avoid being outdoors for long periods to decrease the chance of exhaustion, especially when the heat index is at its highest. Schedule activities and doctor’s appointments in the early morning or evening. Additionally, here are some pregnancy-safe summer activities:
- Light swimming
- Making homemade popsicles with pregnancy-safe foods
- Going to the movies or mall (that have air conditioning)
- Indoor Yoga
- Attending community events and food festivals
Listening to your body and its needs as the weather changes is the best activity you can do this summer!
Pappas, L. (2023, June 2). Staying comfortable during a summer pregnancy: 9 tips you need to know. Owlet. https://www.owletcare.com/blog/surviving-a-summer-pregnancy
CDC. (2022, May 13). Heat stress-related illness. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/heatrelillness.html