Pregnancy hormones tend to raise a woman’s body temperature even during winter and spring when outdoor highs are relatively cool. Unfortunately, when the mercury rises during summer, mothers-to-be will have to make some lifestyle adjustments to stay cool and collected. Here are some tried and tested tips for surviving a summer pregnancy without breaking a sweat.
- Make a splash. Swimming is a great activity when you are pregnant because the weightless sensation you get in the water can take pressure off your aching back. Plus, cool water brings your body temperature down fast. Consider water aerobics, water jogging or just floating for relaxation.
- Reduce sodium intake. Summer picnics tend to be laden with high-sodium treats, from pretzels and chips to hot dogs, lunch meats and relish. Tasty as they may be, these foods can cause excess swelling and water retention during hot summer months. Now is a good time to cut back, but don’t eliminate salt completely since iodine is essential for your baby’s health.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking 8 ounces of water a day is good for everyone, but during pregnancy it’s especially important. H2O helps fight fatigue, improve digestions and ease joint pain. Jazz up plain water with slices of fruit or veggies like lemon and cucumber, which may even help reduce swelling.
- Schedule a siesta. They don’t call them the lazy days of summer for nothing. Find a hammock or chaise and enjoy a much-needed afternoon snooze.
- Enjoy a Smoothie. Hot weather can definitely suppress your appetite, but you are still eating for two and need to get enough nutrients each day. Try a delicious smoothie packed with nutrient-rich berries, calcium boosting yogurt and fresh juice or milk. Toss in a handful of spinach or kale for a quick dose of daily greens!
- Dress light. Feel cool and still look stylish by opting for light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Skip the high heels and choose comfy low-heel sandals.
- Slather on the SPF. Did you know pregnant skin tends to be more prone to burning and blotching? Make sure you use ample SPF whenever you head outdoors and avoid long periods in direct sunlight.
Pregnancy and summertime are both magical seasons of life. When the two overlap some challenges can arise, but being prepared with a summer-survival game plan can ensure your summer pregnancy breezes by without a hitch.