Hot summer days and humid climates can leave you feeling even hotter and stickier while pregnant, due to changes in hormones and a natural increase in your metabolism.
Follow these tried-and-true tips in stay cool and refreshed, while avoiding any hot-weather woes.
How to keep cool in the Summer heat
Rising temperatures can mean an increase in body temperature, and decrease in fluid levels, particularly in pregnant women, which may lead to health complications affecting both mother and child. Thankfully there are plenty of ways to prevent overheating with proper preventative care. Not only will your body thank you, but your baby will too!
Staying hydrated and properly watered when pregnant is essential to the health of you and baby, especially when temperatures are on the rise. According to The World Health Organization, pregnant women should consume two liters, or eight glasses, of water per day, and an additional three to four glasses of water in warmer weather, or when exercising.
Consuming the recommended glasses of water per day will help your body regulate your internal temperature – a leading cause of dehydration – as well as helping prevent headaches, nausea, cramps, and dizziness. Dehydration may also cause early complications that can affect placenta growth, and in severe cases, the possibility of premature labor and birth defects. Consuming foods with high water content, such as watermelon and leafy salads, is a great way to make sure you up your water intake. Making sure to drink enough water and eating healthy will keep you feeling cool as a cucumber.
Dehydration may also cause early complication that can affect placenta growth.
Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke
While pregnant, overheating can lead to serious, and sometimes life-threatening complications for mother and baby, including miscarriages, birth defects, and maternal death. In extremely warm climates, or during a heat wave, pregnant women are more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke if they aren’t careful.
Pregnancy heat cramps usually occur when electrolytes are lost, most commonly due to profuse perspiration. Muscles will cramp to signal the need for more water and a cooler body temperature, and while heat cramps may seem like a minor side effect of pregnancy, these cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion. Avoid outdoor activity and exercise when the sun it at its hottest, and if cramping does occur, hydrate, cool off, and stretch out your muscles.
Avoid outdoor activity and exercise when the sun it at its hottest, and if cramping does occur, hydrate, cool off, and stretch out your muscles.
Your Summer Pregnancy Style
It’s summer, it’s hot, and, you’re pregnant! Keeping cool and stylish while pregnant can be done, even when you feel like you’re melting. With a few key wardrobe pieces, you can beat the heat and still stay chic.
Summer Pregnancy Wardrobe
Fabrics such as cotton or linen are instantly cooling in warmer temperatures. Simple, loose-fitting summer dresses and pants will keep you feeling cool, while looking refreshed and put-together, without compromising your style. Empire-waist dresses add a touch of structure; otherwise, avoid anything too tight and form fitting. Long and loose shirts, t-shirts, and tanks, and anything with a drawstring, will make summer dressing a breeze!
On Your Feet
Sandals, flats, and flip-flops that are easy to slide on and off, will reduce swelling in your ankles and feet, while also letting your toes and feet breathe. However, not all sandals, flats, and flip-flops are made equally, so it’s important to keep in mind support and fit when picking out your next pair. Look for solid padding and arch support, which will help alleviate weight to joints while walking. Avoid tall heels and if possible, any height entirely. With the added baby weight you may find yourself a little less balanced due to a natural shift in gravity. A fall could not only hurt you, but also baby.
Oversized summer accessories such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses, will help fight UVA and UVB rays, while also adding the finishing touches to your overall summer pregnancy look! If you’re headed to the pool or beach, find a swimsuit that offers proper support, without too many straps, clips, and ties. Less is more, especially when it’s time spent relaxing. Lastly, don’t forget a cover-up — one that is light, loose, and oversized for maximum comfort, while protecting your skin from the sun.
Your new favorite wide-brimmed hat can also double as your favorite sun safety precaution. Being pregnant during the Summer months can be a sticky (humid) situation. Make sure to follow proper sun safety, stay hydrated, and dress to impress (the breeze); and you can turn your Summer pregnancy into the best one yet!